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Just as important as knowing who you are is knowing who you are not.
We run into leadership challenges when our actions do not align with our identity. In my own experience as a leader and based on my observations of other leaders, people who do not lead well are not leading out of who they are, i.e., their identity.
In some cases this disconnect between our identity and our leadership behaviors occurs because we are too fearful, too insecure, or too inadequate (in our own minds) to be who we truly are.
“Identity” is who we are or who we perceive ourselves to be, hopefully, they align but not always (and that’s a whole ‘nother topic).
Of course, our leadership identity starts with understanding who we are as people, our true identity. To further understand our leadership identity (how we behave relative to others) an assessment tool may prove beneficial. But be sure to read the directions on the label. All assessments are not created equal.
They vary in terms of their purpose (some describe our personality, some identify our preferences), their accuracy, and their intended use (for our individual use or as part of a team). Taken out of context they can be misleading. It’s important that we read the results of any assessment carefully and that we understand that an assessment contains clues not conclusions.