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and Attitudes of a Trustworthy Clinical Supervisor
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.
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Me||Does Not |
people he or she is going to do something, and then always follows through and
gets it done|| || |
by others as being reliable|| || |
at keeping secrets and confidences|| || |
the truth consistently|| || |
telling people what they want to hear|| || |
by others as "walking the talk"|| || |
consistent messages to others in terms of matching words and deeds|| || |
what he or she expects others to do|| || |
hypocrisy by not engaging in activities he or she tells others are wrong|| || |
accepts feedback on behavior from others|| || |
eye contact with people when talking to them|| || |
relaxed and confident when explaining his or her side of a story|| || |
compliments to others rather than saying something like "You look great"
to a large number of people|| || |
expect lavish perks for himself or herself while expecting others to go on an
austerity diet|| || |
not tell others a crisis is pending (when it isn't) just to gain their cooperation|| || |
with others to make creative decisions|| || |
information to people at all organizational levels|| || |
shares financial information with others|| || |
to people and then acts on many of their suggestions|| || |
engages in predictable behavior|| || |
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
- DuBrin, Andrew J. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Leadership,
Alpha Books: Indianapolis, 2000 .
Reflection Exercise #3
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.
Peer-Reviewed Journal Article References:
Schatten, H. T., Gaudiano, B. A., Primack, J. M., Arias, S. A., Armey, M. F., Miller, I. W., Epstein-Lubow, G., & Weinstock, L. M. (2020). Monitoring, assessing, and responding to suicide risk in clinical research. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 129(1), 64–69.
Thompson, S. M. (2020). Responding to inappropriate client sexual behaviors: Perspectives on effective supervision. Journal of Psychotherapy Integration, 30(1), 122–129.
Wilcox, M. M., Drinane, J. M., Black, S. W., Cabrera, L., DeBlaere, C., Tao, K. W., Hook, J. N., Davis, D. E., Watkins, C. E., & Owen, J. (2021). Layered cultural processes: The relationship between multicultural orientation and satisfaction with supervision. Training and Education in Professional Psychology. Advance online publication.
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