There are a variety of ways the supervisor contributes to the success of the executive’s coaching experience: as an encourager; as an honest, but constructive source of information and feedback; and as someone who is willing to modify his/her own behaviors, if necessary, to ensure the executive’s success. As an encourager, he/she can help to establish an optimistic and rewarding work environment, where the executive can gain confidence as he/she grows. As a source of information, he/she can provide essential insights into the executive’s behavior, as well as concrete, anecdotal information the coach needs to design effective learning experiences. And, he/she can support the executive with direct feedback on his/her progress. Sometimes, the supervisor has unrealistic expectations of the executive, or the supervisor’s style may poison the executive’s growth. As someone who is also willing to model change, the supervisor can cooperate with the coach to refine his/her management methods and style.