concept was created and developed by Marjorie E.
working as a psychologist in private practice in Atlanta,
Georgia for 22 years, she has studied and applied the concepts
and observed the efficacy of the content offered in these
workshops. She is adjunct faculty at Georgia State University
and Emory University School
of Medicine where she
regularly teaches and supervises. She has created and led
workshops at BellSouth Leadership Institute, Delmarva
Corporation and First Union/Wachovia. She is a member and
approved supervisor of the American Association for Marriage and
Family Therapists and holds a certification in Clinical
Hypnosis. Dr. Blum is also a member of the American
Psychological Association and the American Society of Clinical
Dr. Blum has had the
opportunity to test and develop this workshop with the Kennedy
School of Government of Harvard University.
The course was sponsored by Harvard's Center for Public
Leadership. The attendees felt enlightened and
were enthusiastic about the new approach they had been given to
their personal and professional lives.
to read some recent attendee feedback.
Dr. Blum's process
of combining lecture, demonstration, individual activity, and
small group discussion enables attendees of the workshops to not
only fully grasp the concept of leadership through family of
origin but also enables attendees to create their own family genogram. Individual sessions with Dr. Blum deepen the work
completed in the workshops.
"The world is just discovering how much family roots
help to nourish -- and sometimes hold back -- the
capacity of men and women to lead others. Dr. Marjorie
Blum is one of the nation's foremost thinkers about this
fascinating subject and, as a psychologist with a
thriving private practice, is now working with rising
leaders to unlock their inner mysteries.
Dr. Blum is filling a critical gap, helping to bring the
insights of psychological research into leadership
practice. I discovered for myself just how helpful she
could be to rising leaders when I invited her to work
with my students at the Kennedy School; they were so
appreciative of her work that I have invited her to
return -- and often."
Director, Center for Public Leadership
Kennedy School of Government
“Effective leadership requires an awareness of others as
well as depth of knowledge of one’s self. Dr. Blum is a
pioneer in leadership development. Self Defined Leadership,
using the creation of one’s genogram, provides a unique
bridge between the disciplines of Family Psychology and
leadership development. She has created a superb training
model that has the potential to improve not only
professional leadership skills, but personal lives as well.”
Co-author Genograms: Assessment and Intervention (WW
Psychologist and Professor of Family Medicine, Mercer