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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 01, 2018

Included In Certifications

This course is included in the following Expert Certifications:

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)


Course Complexity: Intermediate

No advanced preparation or prerequisites are required for this course.

Education Provider Information

Illumeo, Inc., 75 East Santa Clara St., Suite 1215, San Jose, CA 95113
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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