Effective leaders in the 21st century must operate with a strong sense of their own identity, because along with it comes purpose and integrity, willingness to take risks, the ability to understand the importance of change and to be ready for it. Leaders must be self-motivated to master the challenges of the leadership role and must possess an appreciation of learning and the wisdom to adopt new ways to learn.
The self-awareness training of Identity Leadership is often lacking in corporate leadership development. But without truly knowing who you are, how can you have the integrity to lead others in your organization? Professionals who build their identity and have a complete plan for success are in the minority of elite business leaders. They are the ones who make it happen.
Identity Leadership is self-leadership. Identity Leadership principles help you define, plan and prepare with intention and direction by building a framework for professional growth based on results, performance and excellence. The program teaches that progress begins with you.
Stedman Graham offers the Identity Leadership Nine-Step Success Process for emerging management leaders and employees globally. Although the intention of the program is to facilitate a company’s ability to grow market share, it begins with maximizing individual performance.
The Identity Leadership Nine-Step Success Process is a proven methodology for personal and professional success. The message is based on the philosophy that individuals hold the key to their success or failure and cannot lead others until they can first lead themselves. Leadership or lack thereof determines the success or failure of an organization.
Leaders understand that identity is their greatest asset, and enduringly successful people know who they are and are clear about what matters to them. They have established powerful identities, becoming Identity Leaders who create wherever they go.
Further, Identity Leaders build a strong foundation from the core of who they are. They know what drives them and understand what choices they should make to overcome 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 the groundwork for discovery and development in today’s world to become our best selves.
1. CHECK YOUR ID
Before deciding what to do in life, you must first understand who you are, what influences your life, and why you think and act the way you do.
2. CREATE YOUR VISION
Your vision is your life’s destination. A well-defined vision helps you find meaningful and achievable goals. Design a powerful future based on possibilityrather than on circumstance.
3. DEVELOP YOUR TRAVEL PLAN
In order to fulfill your vision, you must create a plan of action. By working toward goals through a solid plan of action based on your identity, you learn to assert power over your life.
4. MASTER THE RULES OF THE ROAD
Guidelines keep you on track as you engage in the pursuit of betterment. Learn to use the positive power of honesty, hard work, determination and other solid values to guide you as you journey to your dreams.
5. STEP INTO THE OUTER LIMITS
To grow, you have to leave your comfort zone, confront fears and take risks. Learn how to overcome fear and step outside of what has become comfortable and familiar to you.
6. PILOT THE SEASONS OF CHANGE
If you keep doing what you have always done, you will keep getting the same results. Learn how to create change and, even more importantly, how to manage your responses to change.
7. BUILD YOUR DREAM TEAM
No one makes it alone. Learn how to build supportive relationships to help you work toward your goals. You learn the value of trust and the importance of being trustworthy.
8. WIN BY A DECISION
Who you are in this world is largely the result of the decisions you have made in the past. Learn how to make the right choices for your future to overcome one of life’s greatest and most worthy challenges.
9. COMMIT TO YOUR VISION
When you devote your time and energy on a consistent basis to the pursuit of your goals and your vision, you discover that commitment is something you live by, and you realize that you renew it each and every day.
For more than 30 years, I have been writing books, teaching in colleges, working in communities, leading non-profits and speaking at workshops throughout the world. In all that time, I have come to know one thing: leadership is everything. The needs of the 21st century cannotbe met by followers.
The world is changing at warp speed, and people must be able to stand on a solid platform of self-awareness, equipped with the tools required for self-leadership that allow them to adapt to the ever-changing technologies, ideologies and circumstances of their lives. Before you lead others, you must first be able to lead yourself.
Participants in the Identity Leadership program improve their performance, increase their lifelong learning capacity and change their mindset from that of a follower to that of a leader. The program produces results: people become self-motivated leaders in their lives, inspired by their dreams and their values. Further, they inspire themselves to succeed, no longer dependent on outside forces for motivation or discipline. People who understand Identity Leadership develop the capacity to reassure and motivate themselves. They are self-reliant. They learn to self-execute valuable, thoughtful actions, often creating innovative ideas that revolutionize their personal and professional effectiveness. The world needs leaders who understand the importance of self-awareness, self-discipline and self-leadership. We need people who know themselves to lead organizations from the idea of commerce for commerce’s sake to the new paradigm of success based on integrity with self-actualized individuals at the helm.
“Individuals should not be defined by their circumstances, but only by their possibilities.”
— Stedman Graham, Author, Speaker, Entrepreneur
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All nine steps put emphasis on me becoming the woman I can be.”
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