The Venn Leader Model

To explain our own individual social structure, we will use the Venn Leader model.  The term Venn Leader is a derivative of the statistical tool, the Venn Diagram.  A Venn Diagram consists of three circles, each representing a unique subject that are overlapped to a point where all three share a common area in the center.  For the Venn Leader this area of commonality is referred to as the Point of Authenticity.  The Venn Leader Model assigns an interpersonal domain to each of the three circles: Intimate, Social, and Occupational.    There are a variety of perspectives on the progressive development of psycho-social / psycho-sexual development.  Generally, they all support the position that the domains develop in the following order.

VL ModelThe Intimate Domain represents the roles we play with those whom we share intimate knowledge of our personal lives with; such as spouses, children, parents, best friends, ect.  This domain begins to develop at birth and will continue to develop and expand throughout a person’s life.  It is during the early years of life that we develop a sense of virtue that evolves into the Point of Authenticity that the Venn Leader model is based on.

The Social Domain begins to develop early in life but takes the most shape during the adolescent years.  This domain also continues to develop throughout our lives and represents the roles we play in social settings such as church, sports teams, clubs and modern-day social networks (such as Facebook and LinkedIn).

The Occupational/Professional Domain begins to develop as we start to play roles that coincide with work.  The professional domain develops congruently with our work ethic; which is to various extents for each individual, the belief that work has a moral benefit and an inherent ability to strengthen character.