Among his many books, businessman and educator Stedman Graham is the author of “Identity Leadership: To Lead Others You Must First Lead Yourself” and the longtime partner of Oprah Winfrey. In this discussion with Kevin Edwards of Real Leaders Magazine, Graham talks about his “Nine-Step Success” process. It all starts, he says, with finding your own identity. “If you don’t know who you are, you don’t know where you’re going and you probably don’t know how you’re going to get there,” Graham says. It’s crucial, he notes, to “define yourself as opposed to having the world define you.”

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From an entrepreneurial perspective, Graham also talks about overcoming your personal history and hardwiring; monetizing your purpose and skills; and managing a business as an ecosystem. And he details the importance of self-leadership “based on the philosophy that you can’t lead anybody else until you first lead yourself. We need to focus on those skills and those disciplines … that help us to be the best for ourselves first, so that we can have the foundational work to … transfer those same skills over to an organization or a group or a team [and] create effective performance.”


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