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Supervision: Effective Clinical Relationships with your Supervisees
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Section 9
Behaviors and Attitudes of a Trustworthy Clinical Supervisor

Question 9 | Test | Table of Contents | Supervision
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The following are behaviors and attitudes of leaders who are generally trusted by their group members and other constituents. After you read each characteristic check whether this is a behavior or attitude that you appear to have developed already or does not fit you at present.



Fits Me

Does Not Fit Me


Tells people he or she is going to do something, and then always follows through and gets it done




Described by others as being reliable




Good at keeping secrets and confidences




Tells the truth consistently




Minimizes telling people what they want to hear




Described by others as "walking the talk"




Delivers consistent messages to others in terms of matching words and deeds




Does what he or she expects others to do




Minimizes hypocrisy by not engaging in activities he or she tells others are wrong




Readily accepts feedback on behavior from others




Maintains eye contact with people when talking to them




Appears relaxed and confident when explaining his or her side of a story




Individualizes compliments to others rather than saying something like "You look great" to a large number of people




Doesn’t expect lavish perks for himself or herself while expecting others to go on an austerity diet




Does not tell others a crisis is pending (when it isn’t) just to gain their cooperation




Collaborates with others to make creative decisions




Communicates information to people at all organizational levels




Readily shares financial information with others




Listens to people and then acts on many of their suggestions




Generally engages in predictable behavior



Scoring: These statements are mostly for self-reflection, so no specific scoring key ex­ists. However, the more of the preceding statements that fit you, the more trustwor­thy you are—assuming you are answering truthfully. The usefulness of this self-quiz increases if somebody who knows you well answers it for you to supplement your self-perceptions.
- DuBrin, Andrew J. The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Leadership, Alpha Books: Indianapolis, 2000

Personal Reflection Exercise #2
The preceding section contained information about borderline attitudes and behaviors of a good leader. Write three case study examples regarding how you might use the content of this section in your practice.

What are three behaviors of a trustworthy clinical supervisor? Record the letter of the correct answer the Test

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