Map Your Stakeholders
Timing - 2 Hours
Step 1 will help you map stakeholders in your system and environment and identify dependencies and other connections.Back to Phase 1 overview
To establish boundaries for your work, start by mapping stakeholders in your immediate system and environment. The system and environment you map may be large (e.g., an organization, a network, a school, a district, a field) or small (e.g., a team or department within an organization). Regardless of the size and complexity of the system you map, a strong Theory of Leadership will help you more effectively facilitate and participate in learning and improvement.
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Tools & Materials
System Mapping activity templateOpen in Miro
System Mapping SpreadsheetMake a copy in Google Sheets
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Name the stakeholders you lead, directly influence, or serve
Write the name of that system and any relevant stakeholders on pink sticky notes, and place them in Section A of the activity template.
Note that the system you lead may be large (e.g., an organization, a network, a school, a district) or small (e.g., a classroom, a team). Stakeholders may include staff, and also those you serve, like students, families, and community members.
Consider the lateral teams and stakeholders within your system that you do not directly lead but with which you share tasks, responsibilities, and work
Write the names of those related subsystems, teams, and stakeholders on blue sticky notes, and place them in Section B of the activity template.
Name the stakeholders within your system that you report to.
Write the names of those stakeholders (e.g., departments or leaders within your organization, state agencies) on green sticky notes, and place them in Box C on the activity template.
Name any external systems and stakeholders that directly or indirectly impact the outcomes of your work
Write the names of those external systems and stakeholders (e.g., peer organizations) on yellow sticky notes, and place them in Box D on the activity template.
Take a screenshot or picture of your diagram and save the sticky notes for Step 2.
Record your systems and stakeholders in columns A through E of your System Mapping Spreadsheet.
Note that you will complete this spreadsheet in Step 2.