Definition of Identity Leadership

Identity Leadership is self-leadership, based on the philosophy that you cannot lead others until you first lead yourself. 

Self-leadership is not about being self-centered or selfish. It is about realizing that we literally cannot give to others what we do not have ourselves. 

The need for “leaders at all levels” is one of the twelve critical issues identified in the Global Human Capital Trends of 2014 survey published by Deloitte University Press. The survey highlights that “leadership remains the No. 1 talent issue facing organizations around the world,” with 86% of survey respondents rating it “urgent” or “important.”

The survey indicates that “companies face new leadership challenges, including developing Millennials and multiple generations of leaders, meeting the demand for leaders with global fluency and flexibility, building the ability to innovate and inspire others to perform, and acquiring new levels of understanding of rapidly changing technologies and new disciplines and fields.”

Identity Leadership

Identity Leadership is authentically leading others with the skills we’ve developed for ourselves. Christopher Avery, on the importance of self-leadership, says, “Today’s workers respond to leaders who are authentic, real, principled, responsible, inspired, and courageous.” Leading yourself is 95% of leading others.

Identity Leadership is the highest order of leadership. It is likely to become the “different kind of leadership” that is required in the 21st century—found in people who are aware of their own intention and identity, who responsibly lead themselves to overcome obstacles in their own lives and, as a result, lead others to succeed in driving organizational growth.

Without a strong identity, we are more likely to be carried by the influence of our environment into a future requiring very little reflection or development. At S. Graham & Associates, we know that addressing the leadership gap at every organizational level is critical to the success of the entire organization. We have to understand the nature of true leadership to close the leadership gap. True leaders are not looking to posture; they are looking to make a difference and to fulfill their mission in life andbusiness.

In the 30-plus years Stedman Graham has been writing books, teaching in colleges, working in communities, leading non-profits and speaking at workshops throughout the world, he has come to know one thing: leadership is everything. The needs of the 21st century cannotbe met by followers.

Identity Leadership Is Self-Leadership

The Identity Leadership Nine-Step Success Process is a proven methodology for personal and professional success. The message is based on the philosophy that you have the power to determine your success or failure, and that to lead others you must first lead yourself.

Graham offers the Identity Leadership Nine-Step Success Process for emerging management leaders and employees all around the globe. Although the purpose of the program is to facilitate a company’s ability to grow market share, growth only happens when we maximize individual performance.

Leadership or lack thereof determines the success or failure of U.S. organizations. Identity serves as a leader’s greatest asset. Enduringly successful people know who they are and are certain about what matters to them. They have established powerful identities and create wherever they go.

Identity Leaders build a strong foundation from the core of who they are. They understand what drives them and become clear on what choices they should make despite the obstacles or difficulties they may face along the way. They withstand the tests and challenges of time. The Identity Leadership Nine-Step Success Process provides the tools and basis for discovery and development in our lives. This is how we become our best selves.