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Supervision Intervention Strategies

Common Barriers to Effective Supervision and Related Resources [2.8.2.a.2]

According to Sonja Zorga[1] , there are some common barriers to effective supervision:
  • Lack of communication
  • Difficulties in confrontation
  • Lack of trust
  • Can’t give/take criticism
  • Close-minded
  • Inconsistent
  • Need to be liked
  • Too critical
Thoughtful consideration of undesirable traits and a plan to overcome them can be a supervisor’s first step in developing a more productive leadership approach. A Supervision Self-Assessment Worksheet [2.8.2.b.2] is based on an article by Sonja Zorga[2] and helpful in self-reflection and identifying areas for improvement. Several topics within this chapter can offer concentrated resources to overcome these common barriers to effective supervision: 

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[1] Zorga, S. (2006). Competencies of a supervisor. Retrieved from
[2] Zorga, S. (2006). Competencies of a supervisor. Retrieved from

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