As a supervisor, I 'hold' the supervisee and accept the unknown and the unexpected. Supervision should provide greater insight for the supervisee (and supervisor), which in turn should enable their clients to gain greater insight for themselves. In my supervision practice, I am non-directive. Directing a supervisee would be in contradiction with accepting and respecting their ability to make autonomous decisions. It is the supervisee who 'brings the agenda'. On the other hand, it is important to, where appropriate, take authority, in a respectful and accepting way, because a balance between an authoritative and facilitative stance makes effective supervision. Taking authority should not be confused with being authoritarian, which has no place in supervision.