The key to leadership is controlling yourself rather than influencing other people. Ethical leaders are self-differentiated: they can make deliberate choices as opposed to reacting. They define themselves while staying in touch with an emotional system. For this assignment, students create a genogram (family map) that includes sources of anxiety such as addiction, divorce, mental illness, and incarceration. The map labels dynamics such as relationship patterns and roles, over/under-functioning, fusion and cut-off, triangles and coalitions and their family’s unwritten rules for processing emotional stress. Unpacking their “baggage,” students develop a vocabulary for self-understanding that empowers transformational leadership.
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LaMaster, George, "Genogram Analysis" (2020). Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Workshop. 21.