"Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else." — Judy Garland

Because leadership is influence and because you have created your own sphere of influence, you are a leader regardless of the position you occupy. Because you follow your own model of leadership people sense your authenticity and the power of your authenticity increases your influence.

Seminars Recommended for Influencers:

The Power of Leading from Identity
A half day workshop that recognizes that we are shaped by our upbringing, our education, and our experiences; that we learn from relatives, teachers, coaches, and mentors; and that what we take away from those encounters are keys to developing a personal model of leadership that makes us even better influencers.

 

Articles Recommended for Influencers

From StrategyDriven Magazine
Five Benefits of Leading from Identity
www.strategydriven.com/2016/06/01/five-benefits-leading-identity/
An article by Greg that helps Influencers lead from their unique identity.

 

From Workforce Magazine
5 Ways to Survive the Shark-Infested Waters
www.workforce.com/2016/07/01/office-politics-5-ways-to-survive-the-shark-infested-waters/
An article by Greg that helps Influencers remain true to their identity despite office politics.

 

 

Blogs Recommended For Influencers

Leadership blogs that help Influencers lead based on who they are not what they do. For more blogs please click here.

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.