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Session 4: Becoming self-aware of power in your role


Have you ever experienced an uneasy relationship with a coach you are supporting – perhaps a feeling of coldness or scepticism being expressed towards you? Are you aware of the potential power you have over coaches and how you might, unwittingly, project your ideas onto them?

In this session you’ll develop your self-awareness of how relationships are structured by different forms of power, and how they are infused with opinions, beliefs and perceptions that impact your ability to build rapport and influence change.

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Figure 1 How self-aware are you as a coach developer? What is the image you see of yourself in this role?

You will explore these insights using three examples from research:

  1. a coach being assessed for a coaching qualification
  2. coaches participating in coaching qualification courses
  3. coach developers entering a professional football club.

By becoming more knowledgeable about your status, identity and power you will develop your ability to manage the influence you have on other people.

To start this session, watch this short video where Lucy Moore and Alex Twitchen briefly discuss their understanding of power and it how influences their work as coach developers.

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By the end of this session, you should be able to:

  • describe the meaning of power in a coach–coach developer relationship
  • reflect on case studies illustrating the use of power in coach learning and development relationships
  • become more self-aware of your power and identity as a coach developer and where this power stems from.

Throughout this session you will come back to the ideas expressed in Video 1. You’ll start, however, by exploring what is meant by power in social relationships.

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