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In this course we discuss the organization development (OD) practitioner’s role as "Self as Instrument" in the change journey and how their own development journey enables OD practitioners to operate in dynamic work situations with credibility in order to deliver a critical impact.

We start with a brief overview of the roles and tasks of OD practitioners.  This leads to a conversation about the concept of ‘self as instrument’ and what the ‘use of self’ means in theory and practice.  Then we evaluate practice trademarks of OD.  This course examines the basic requirements for a successful practice of OD in an organization and should be of interest to anyone who is planning to develop a career in OD.

Learning Objectives

  • Discover how the roles and tasks of organization development (OD) practitioners
  • Identify the concept of ‘self as instrument’ and what the ‘use of self’ means in theory and practice.
  • Explore practice trademarks of organization development (OD)



Last updated/reviewed: May 21, 2022

Included In Certifications

This course is included in the following Certification Programs:

11 CoursesOrganization Development Certification

  1. History and Evolution of Organization Development (OD) and Change
  2. Organization Development (OD) in Practice
  3. Organization Development (OD): The Diagnostic Phase
  4. Designing Organization Development (OD) Interventions
  5. Appreciative Inquiry in Practice
  6. Organization Development (OD): The Evaluation Phase
  7. Organizational Frameworks
  8. Organization Design Theory and Practice
  9. Leading Change and the Use of Self
  10. Ethical and Professional Practice
  11. Organizational Development: A Tool Kit for People-Led Change (Article)

9 Reviews (20 ratings)Reviews

Anonymous Author
The course itself was one of the more practical courses in this certification. The content was one that was very relevant and easily applicable in everyday life as an OD Practitioner. Well done. However, Just to bring to your attention that the review questions and final exam for the course “Leading Change and the Use of Self” are not related to that course at all, they refer to the previous course (Organizational Frameworks) in the series and are rather repeated questions from the previous exam and review questions.
Member's Profile
I liked this course a lot- it gave me some info I have been waiting for since the the Instrument as Self topic was introduced at the beginning of the series. Again, I have fodder for comtinuted study and research. However, the Review Questions and the Exam Questions do not match the content and therefore the stated learning objectives. It seems that the questions presented covered the content of the module that came before this one. (I am happy to report that I retained all that information after a day.)
Anonymous Author
Good illustration on the use of self Perhaps the facilitator could have shared more real life stories around using "Self as an Instrument" to address common queries or concerns from leadership.
Anonymous Author
The questions I think can still be improved. Questions that are geared towards the OD practitioner effectively playing his/her role well in a given situation can be added.
Member's Profile
This provided more of a drill down and context in how things fit together, (the tools in the framework) which I found helpful.
Member's Profile
Really good information. These courses are dense! Takes me twice the video runtime, to get through everything and take notes.
Member's Profile
The information is substantial. Applying the information in a scenario at the end would be helpful if time permits.
Anonymous Author
I really appreciate the role distinctions and description of the self as instrument.
Anonymous Author
overall good content. I can appreciate the redundancy. It helps things!


Course Complexity: Intermediate

No advanced preparation or prerequisites are required for this course.

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Course Syllabus
  8:22Introduction to Leading Change and the Use of Self
Leading Change and the Use of Self
  11:14The Seven Roles and Skills Matrix
  14:50The Role and Tasks of OD Practitioners
  5:47Self as Instrument
  3:57Practice Trademarks of OD
  45:19Leading Change and the Use of Self
  PDFSlides: Leading Change and the Use of Self
  PDFLeading Change and the Use of Self Glossary/Index