define yourself as a leader


This portfolio work project helps you define who you are as a leader. It is something that would be useful to you in an annual performance review or as reminder of your strengths and best qualities.


Your leader is interested in your development as a leader in your organization. You have recently taken the BetterUp self-assessment and have participated in at least one BetterUp coaching session. Your leader would like you to spend some time reflecting on the results of your assessment and gathering some additional information from those who know you best.

Your Role

Your role is to prepare a report in which you review and reflect on your strengths; collect additional information from 3–5 colleagues, friends, or others who know you well; and create a portrait of yourself as a leader.


Before completing this assignment, you must have taken the BetterUp self-assessment in Unit 3 and participated in one coaching session between Units 3 and 5. You must also have reached out to 3–5 people (colleagues, friends, family members, others) who know you well enough to ask them:

  • Who am I when I am at my best?
  • Can you provide a specific example of a time when I was at my best?

You may use whatever form of communication works best—phone, e-mail, text, or in person.

Once you have all of this information, prepare your report and address the following:

  • Analyze your leadership strengths.
    • Identify your top three strengths from the BetterUp assessment.
    • Explain how you currently use those strengths.
    • Describe who you are when you are at your best, according to your contacts.
    • Explain how your strengths are reflected in your actions when you are at your best.
  • Develop a statement of who you are as a leader, based on your analysis. You may wish to include your purpose, values, strengths, goals, and more. You may also wish to add to your statement who you want to be as a leader—what you aspire to. This way, your statement becomes your own vision of who you want to be.
  • Explain how the live coaching experience that you had during this course can help you use your leadership strengths and best self to achieve your professional goals.

Deliverable Format

Your deliverable is a 2–3 page business report. Because this is a personal reflection, you may write it in the first person and do not need to cite any supporting references.

Related company standards:
  • The Defining Yourself as a Leader business report is a professional document and should therefore follow the corresponding MBA Academic and Professional Document Guidelines, including single-spaced paragraphs.
  • In addition to the report, include:
    • Title page.
    • References page (if applicable).
    • APA-formatted references (if applicable).