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What's My Coaching Style

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What's My Coaching Style, a part of HRDQ's best-selling Style Suite, is a coaching assessment and workshop that measures personality style and explores how it relates to coaching and interpersonal relationships. Coaches and managers identify and understand personality traits, learn how to capitalize on personal strengths, and minimize potential weaknesses.

This assessment is accurate, easy to use, and easy to apply. It's also newly updated and contains the same great content! What's My Coaching Style measures an individual's preference for one or more basic behavioral styles: direct, spirited, considerate, and systematic. With this knowledge, individuals can better understand why they behave the way they do, learn how to adapt their behavior to improve interpersonal relationships, develop rapport, and ultimately, become more effective coaches.

The online version of this assessment requires a subscription to the HRDQ Online Assessment Center.

How It Works

The What's My Coaching Style assessment starts with an 18-item inventory that takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. Each of the 18 items is a pair of statements. With a limit of five points, assessment-takers distribute points between the two statements in each pair - indicating the degree to which they feel describes their behavior. Scoring the assessment reveals "My Coaching Style Profile" and a dominant preference for one or more four personality styles:

  • Direct
  • Spirited
  • Considerate
  • Systematic

In addition to the paper assessment, the What's My Coaching Style observer form allows individuals to gauge how they are perceived by those they coach. It is particularly useful in the early stages of a coaching relationship.

If you are planning to use What's My Coaching Style in a business coach training session, we recommend you allow approximately one hour for interpretation of scores, topic discussion, debrief, and action planning. The facilitator guide also offers an easy-to-follow workshop outline that expands What's My Coaching Style into a 1.5-hour program.

Uses and Applications

What's My Coaching Style is appropriate for anyone to use for both personal and management development. The assessment can be used as a standalone training assessment, or it can be incorporated into a more comprehensive coaching skills training program.

Note, What’s My Coaching Style is not designed to promote one “correct” coaching style. Instead, the goal is to help participants:
  • Identify their coaching styles
  • Learn how to capitalize on the strengths and overcome the trouble spots of their styles
  • Learn how to interact effectively with other styles

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this assessment, participant will:

  • Identify a personal preference for one of four behavioral styles
  • Develop an awareness of personal behavior patterns
  • Learn how those he or she coaches view one
  • Create an action plan to apply in the workplace immediately

Product Details

Product Type: Self-assessment and workshop

Target Audience: What’s My Coaching Style? is appropriate for individuals at any organizational level who coach other individuals

Measures: Participants personal coaching style

Dimensions: Assertiveness and expressiveness

Time Required: 1 hour

What to Order

Facilitator Guide: Order One Per Trainer.

The What's My Coaching Style Facilitator Guide includes everything you need to lead a successful training session from comprehensive background information and activities to a professional PowerPoint presentation, and sample participant materials. You will need to order a facilitator guide per trainer and either one print participant assessment or one online assessment for each participant. Facilitator support materials will be available to you as a digital download link in your order confirmation.

Paper Assessment 5-Pack: Order One Pack For Up to Five Participants.

The print version is ideal for facilitators who prefer to oversee scoring and administration of the assessment if you don't know who the participants will be before the class begins, or if your learners do not have easy access to computers. It includes pressure-sensitive forms for scoring to aid manual tabulation.

Observer Form 5-Pack: Order One Pack For Up to Five Participants.

The Observer Form is designed to check the accuracy of a coach’s perception of their style by allowing the coach to see how their coaches perceive their style.

Online Assessment: Order One Per Participant.

The online assessment is administered to participants through the HRDQ Assessment Center and includes personalized reporting, full-color charts, interpretive information, worksheets, and action planning. A detailed report is delivered electronically to the facilitator/administrator when complete.

Self-Guided Online Learning: Order One Per Participant.

To administer a self-guided online learning experience, order the Online Assessment report credit with Online Learning Course (1 per learner). Online assessments require a HRDQ Assessment Center account. If you do not have an account, please contact us for set up.

About the Authors

The HRDQ Development Team creates soft-skills learning solutions that help to improve the performance of individuals, teams, and organizations. At HRDQ, we believe an experiential approach is the best catalyst for adult learning. Our unique Experiential Learning Model has been the core of what we do for more than 40 years. We combine the best of organizational learning theory and proven facilitation methods with an appreciation for adult learning styles, our philosophy initiates and inspires lasting change.

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