Book Chapter

Understanding yourself as a coach


The motivation to become a coach often comes because of an individual’s interest in people and a desire to help them to reach their potential This chapter discusses a case for three levels of self-understanding that a professional coach benefits from developing: self-inventory, self as an instrument and a fully professional self. Capacity for self-disclosure, immediacy and presence are undoubtedly the benefits that this level of self-understanding brings to the quality of a coach’s service to their clients. The chapter argues that there are additional benefits to coaches themselves when they reach this level of self-awareness. Coaches who reach this level of self-understanding come to see coaching engagements as a self-organizing process of continuously active living systems and understand themselves as an integral part of such systems. The coach can recognise their dominant worldview, as modernism/postmodernism/pragmatism and a corresponding mini-self, as competent/dialogic/pragmatic, which may capture most appropriately their predominant style of coaching.

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Bachkirova, Tatiana

Oxford Brookes departments

Department of Business and Management


Year of publication: 2020
Date of RADAR deposit: 2020-04-27

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This RADAR resource is the Accepted Manuscript of Understanding yourself as a coach
This RADAR resource is Part of The coaches' handbook: The complete practitioner guide for professional coaches [ISBN: 9780367539207] / edited by Jonathan Passmore (Routledge, 2021).


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