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MY COACHING SELF-PORTRAIT This exercise asks that you construct a vision of yourself
as the coach you are and the coach you would like to become. People approach this in a variety of ways-
some write, some draw, while some do both. Any way you would like to do this is correct, as long as it
will enable you to identify current coaching skills and traits that you value, new ones you want to learn and
aspects you would like to shed.
Several questions have been provided for you as “starters” and an illustration appears below that is similar
to the Johari Window. Each quadrant in the illustration represents a core competency or domain that is
important to being a successful coach.
Think about your coaching self-portrait throughout the next couple of days. Make notes to yourself about
what you would like to include and exclude as you plan the self-portrait. Completing this exercise will help
you become a better coach and leader.
What traits from coaches I have known do I want to emulate?
What do I want people to say about me as a coach?
What traits do I have that may impede my coaching abilities and what do I want to do about
What areas of expertise do I have that I feel comfortable sharing with other people?