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Identity Leadership: To Lead Others You Must First Lead Yourself by Stedman Graham, Center Street, US $27.00, Pp 272, May 2019, ISBN 978-1546083375

Not many people want to take control of their lives, let alone lead others. But it is important to know that if you take control of your life, you can also lead others. It is equally true that if you prepare yourself to lead others, you first take control of your own life. People who have control over their own lives are a lot happier than those who do not. In Identity Leadership, Stedman Graham explains his philosophy that you cannot lead others until you first lead your own self. The more you work on yourself, the more you give to others around you. His idea is to understand the purpose of your life, passions, skills and talents and how to use your strong points to succeed. He tells us that he used the same strategy to transform himself. The result was that his life dramatically changed for the better when he began centering all that he could do around with his talents, strengths, and passions. As he came to understand his identity and his purposes in life, that enabled him to realize the value of education, information, and knowledge. Stedman Graham writes, “I began to make information relevant to my personal and professional development, and that allowed me to define my existence and take control of my life. The old system of memorizing information to take a test and then forgetting the information makes it difficult to grow beyond our circumstances.”

Stedman Graham says that understanding how to apply knowledge and learning to self-actualize your potential is what identity leadership is all about. He gives his Nine-Step Success Process in Identity Leadership. It will help you reverse the old and ineffective learning process and make everything relevant to who you are. Once you implement this program, you will discover who you are. He says that the goal is to improve your performance at every level, enhance your lifelong learning capacity, and change your mindset from that of a follower to a leader — first leading yourself, then others. He describes identity leadership as self-leadership. He says that it is based on the philosophy that if you cannot lead yourself, you cannot lead anyone else. Stedman Graham says that leadership, or lack thereof, determines the success or failure of an organization. Identity, the true understanding of self, can serve as a leader’s greatest asset. Enduringly successful people know who they are, are clear about what matters to them, and create value for themselves and others. Identity leadership holds you responsible for your own development. Identity leadership never stop growing or developing. They are lifelong students and never stop taking in new information.

The nine-step strategy is based upon achieving self-actualization or realizing or fulfilling your potential. Briefly, the first step is to check your identity. You are empowered when you know, define, create, shape and educate yourself so you can give of yourself. The second step is to create your vision. Your life will evolve when you keep setting a higher vision for yourself. The third step is to develop your travel plan. Having a purpose is what drives the action plan. The fourth step is to master the rules of the road. You become what you focus on. Use your time wisely. The fifth step is to step into the Outer Limits. Release the fear and move toward what can be. The sixth step is to pilot the seasons of change. You have the power to change, and what is the challenge. The seventh step is to build your dream team. Building a team is tantamount to building strength. The eighth step is to win by a decision. Once you decide who you want to be, you then have to decide what you have to do to make that happen. The ninth step is to commit your vision. What you spend your time on determines what you will go, what you will do, and how you will do it.

When Stedman Graham teaches you how to lead people around you at work or in the outer world, his goal is to take you to the next level in your career. This he does by helping you discover your potential and hidden strengths. He is doing the same for a wider public in Identity Leadership. After taking his workshops or reading this Identity Leadership, you will feel so much empowered. In a nutshell, leadership is all about discovering your strengths and you will do exactly that by following his nine-point program. Identity Leadership is for ambitious people who want to succeed and be happy.

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