I have just read the post on The Thesis Whisperer, When good supervisors go bad… and I am speechless.
The doctoral journey is already a lonely, hard and stressful period in life which can become a real nightmare without the support of your supervisors. Particularly, we, international students, are the most vulnerable group of students because of the different variables our life is subjected to; being ‘loneliness’ one of the most influential.
Personal skills are fundamental in our daily life and interactions with other people… we are human beings!! However, some people seem to have poorly developed their personal skills. Regarding supervisors, these personal skills need to be a must! Sometimes people forget they are dealing with human beings not with numbers, diplomas, publications… with HUMAN BEINGS. If your supervisee is not doing well, or doing things as you expect as a supervisors, instead of putting aside, why not asking and supporting?
Also, intercultural skills are essential… You should not impose any type of behavior, study technique, approach to learning/writing a thesis as a supervisor. First try to understand the cultural background of your supervisee and try to make both connections and contrasts between both cultures. I know many supervisors are too busy with their academic life but hey, human relationships should be a priority in Education…
Education has been dehumanized, and that is really sad and negative…