Johari window

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Every team is different because teams differ in terms of their qualifications and in terms of characters. Joint work may appear easier, when personalities, behavioral patterns or preferences within the team are transparent. The Johari window helps you to get to know yourself as well as your team members better. This helps you to develop your team work according to the needs and qualities of the team.

Time30-45 minutes

Group Size 2-5 people

Keywords teamwork, communication



Getting to know about the unconscious aspects of personal behavior, attitude and communication.

The Model

The Johari window assumes that there are two kinds of knowledge about a person, the known one and the unknown one. Moreover, it differentiates between the private and the public role of a person. Four categories are arranged in a matrix and cluster self-perception and external perception of a person.

known to me

not known

known to others

Me as a public person

My blind spot

not known to others

my private secret

Not known to anyone

Increasing perception jointly

If team members exchange views about their personalities, strengths and peculiarities, they will receive valuable clues to what one cannot perceive with regard to oneself, but with regard to others: the blind spot.


Nils-Eyk Zimmermann

Nils-Eyk Zimmermann

Editor of Competendo. Coordinator of the project DIGIT-AL Digital Transformation in Adult Learning for Active Citizenship. Network Secretary of the DARE network. Topics: active citizenship, civil society, digital transformation, non-formal and lifelong learning, capacity building. Blogs here: Blog: Civil Resilience. Email: