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‘Identity Leadership’s’ Nine-Step Process Creates

the Self-Actualization Essential to a Life of Purpose and Direction

“To Lead Others You Must First Lead Yourself”

NEW YORK – April 30, 2019 – Author, speaker and entrepreneur Stedman Graham’s new book IDENTITY LEADERSHIP releases May 7 with its Nine-Step Process for developing self- leadership and self-actualization necessary to be an effective leader in today’s rapidly changing world.

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

IDENTITY LEADERSHIP is important in this time of great technological and social change where traditional family values are being reshaped, globalization threatens jobs, climate change threatens the planet and the exponential acceleration of technology is leaving many behind the competition.

“To become a leader in the 21st century means mastering the process of self-leadership,” Stedman said. “I call this process Identity Leadership.”

Through the Nine-Step Process developed in IDENTITY LEADERSHIP readers will:

  • Discover how to stay competitive in the global marketplace
  • Learn to create a positive future through effective self-leadership
  • Develop the resilience to sustain themselves through life’s daily challenges
  • Tap into passions, interests, curiosity, and eliminate bad habits
  • Perform at their highest potential to achieve maximum results
  • Take ownership of their lives and identities and develop their success
  • Learn to maximize their level of performance
  • Define, plan and prepare with purpose and direction.

“For more than 30 years, I have been writing books, teaching in colleges, working in communities, leading nonprofits and conducting workshops around the world,” Graham said. “In all that time, I have come to know one thing: leadership is everything.”

Facts bear that out. Gallup estimates that American businesses lose $350 to $400 billion a year because 70 percent of the U.S. workforce is disengaged and not working at their full potential. Additional research indicates 25 percent of all college graduates in the U.S. fail to thrive in their overall careers and lives because they are unprepared emotionally and experientially for the real world.

In Stedman’s IDENTITY LEADERSHIP, readers learn how to organize their life, self-actualize their potential, find purpose, work with passion and improve their performance through this nine-step process:

  1. CHECK YOUR IDENTITY–Before deciding what to do in life, you must first understand who you are and what influences your life, thoughts and behaviors.
  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 possibility rather than circumstance.
  3. DEVELOP YOUR TRAVEL PLAN–In order to fulfill your vision, you must create a plan of action. By working toward goals via 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 and learn to use the positive power of honesty, hard work, determination and other solid values to guide you as you journey to achieve 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 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.

The benefits of Identity Leadership also go beyond leadership skills to touch every aspect of professional and personal life.

“Becoming an Identity Leader provides a foundation for growth and creates a self-directed learning process,” Graham said. “It leads to work life balance, helps to develop strong relationships, develops performance improvement and improves time management.”

The chairman and CEO of S. Graham & Associates, a management and marketing consulting firm, and the author of 11 books, including two New York Times best-sellers, Graham has cultivated a reputation for helping organizations and businesses make changes for greater success. A popular public speaker on the topics of identity and self-awareness, Graham believes in the power of education and positive thinking and his own life is indicative of this philosophy. The Army veteran and former professional basketball player—a career he says largely defined him for many years—is now a noted expert in the fields of education and leadership development.

IDENTITY LEADERSHIP: To Lead Others You Must First Lead Yourself
Author:  Stedman Graham
Publisher:  Center Street
Publication Date:  May 7, 2019
ISBN:  1546083375
Pages:  272
Price:  $27

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