Self=Defined LeadershipTM


The Self=Defined Leadership concept was created and developed by Marjorie E. Blum, Ph.D. While 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 Hypnosis.

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. Click here 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."
David Gergen
Director, Center for Public Leadership
Kennedy School of Government
Harvard University    


“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.”


Sylvia Shellenberger, PhD

Co-author Genograms: Assessment and Intervention (WW Norton, 1999)

Psychologist and Professor of Family Medicine, Mercer University

Fulbright scholar  






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