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In the previous blog Evolving Leadership Identity I spoke about the benefits of clarifying leadership identity and its continuous development. At the end, I promised to share some tips to help you construct your leadership identity statement.
Before you work on crafting your statement, I invite you to reflect on the following three questions:
Take some time to answer these questions, then try to summarise your answers in one sentence.
It may have a structure like this:
“*I am ____________________________ ** so that I can ________________.”
*the combination of your priority values and top strengths.
** your highest life and career aspiration.
Take your time to work on this task until you think that your statement serves you in the most empowering way. You can them call it a working version of your leadership identity. Its purpose is to help you align your decisions and daily actions with who you want to be as a leader.
Do you want to hear how Tracy benefited from the above approach?
Tracy worked on her leadership identity statement in the process of her career change. She dreamed about having greater financial independence and a broader positive impact. Tracy’s working version of her leadership identity statement was, “I am innovative, deliberately collaborative and result-oriented so that I can deliver superior financial outcomes for my consulting business and help more people live healthily”.
Tracy told me that clarifying her strengths, values and aspirations helped her stay focused on the critical career change actions. In our final coaching session, 18 months later, Tracy shared that her identity evolved in response to the different experiences and her decision to set goals aligned with her career goals.
Leadership identity statement will help you to:
As a result, you will feel empowered, motivated to keep going when things get challenging.
Now is your turn to make the first step and create your leadership identity statement.