The STAR Diagram was created by Brenda Zimmerman to support the work of non-profit boards of directors. It provides guidance for groups that want to maintain positive relationships. In such a relationship, each point of the star is equal in size. When one or more point is out of balance, the group will struggling to sustain itself.
- Same and Different – Any group needs a balance. When too many similarities exist, the group is so self-similar that it is no longer stimulating. At the same time, when there are too many differences, patterns the system cannot settle into a pattern.
- Talking and Listening – Each individual needs to participate and honor others’ contributions. No one individual or group can do all the talking.
- Authentic Work – Group members must feel their work is important and has meaning. If not, they will engage in other places to feel more productive.
- Reason for Being – Similar to needing authentic work, group members have to believe in their reason for coming together. When they lose that, they no longer feel any commitment to the success of the group.