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Stedman Graham

Stedman Graham

The Key To Success Is Self-Leadership Capability

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  • New York Times Bestselling author
  • Chairman and CEO of S. Graham and Associates, a management and marketing consulting firm.
  • Developed the Nine-Step Success Process for developing self-leadership.
  • Dedicated to community development and creator of the Teens Can Make it Happen Program for engaging youth in personal development and leadership.

Stedman Graham is chairman and CEO of S. Graham & Associates. As a businessman, educator and speaker, he presents, consults and conducts training with corporations, educational entities, the military and veterans, nonprofits and the government. His Identity message is grounded in the fact that the key to success is self-leadership capability. The Identity Leadership programs, driven by his proprietary Nine-Step Success ProcessTM, are based on the philosophy that individuals hold the power to their educational, career and personal success or failure.

Graham has authored eleven books, including two New York Times bestsellers, You Can Make It Happen: A Nine-Step Plan for Success and Teens Can Make It Happen: Nine Steps to Success. His latest release, Identity: Your Passport to Success, was a Wall Street Journal Bestseller. His most recent book, Identity Leadership, was released in 2019. Clients have included the Indiana Pacers, Minnesota Vikings, Gulfstream Aerospace, Microsoft, Deloitte, Wells Fargo, Lenovo, General Dynamics, the US Departments of Labor, Education and Agriculture, CVS Pharmacy, and the Sonima Foundation (through which he taught in 150 high schools in 2 years). He has also lectured or conducted workshops in The Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, China, Canada, the UK, the British Virgin Islands, Aruba, Bermuda, South Africa, and Africa.

Commitment to education and lifelong learning is central to Graham’s philosophy. He has served as an adjunct professor or guest lecturer at Northwestern, Harvard, Wharton, University of Chicago, the University of Illinois-Chicago, National University, Highpoint, Howard, Temple, Morehouse, UCLA, and Pepperdine to name a few. As a veteran of the United States Army, he has proudly served our active military, veterans and their families through programs at Fort Bragg, Fort Hood, Fort Bliss, Fort Jackson, NATO, the Military Child Education Coalition, and internationally at Landstuhl, Germany and the US Military Community in Rotterdam, Holland.

A proud native of Whitesboro, New Jersey, Graham has demonstrated an enduring pledge to youth and community. His Teens Can Make It Happen Program has been utilized in numerous middle and high school in the US and abroad, providing positive growth for our leaders of tomorrow, as well as their parents and teachers. With dedication to community development, Graham is the founder of the Concerned Citizens of Whitesboro and Concerned Citizens of Lake Waccamaw, NC and a co-founder of The Community Alliance for Youth Success. He is an ongoing contributor to the Cleveland Foundation Tru2U Project educating youth and their mentors, and to the organization MaDi through which he provides Identity Leadership education to thousands of refugees who are integrating into new communities and cultures.

Graham holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Hardin-Simmons University, a Master’s degree in Education from Ball State University and an honorary doctorate in Humanities from Coker College.

Identity Leadership

Identity Leadership is self-leadership. Identity Leadership principles help you define, plan and prepare with intention and direction by building a framework for professional growth based on results, performance and excellence. The program teaches that progress begins with you. Stedman Graham offers the Identity Leadership Nine-Step Success Process for emerging management leaders and employees globally. Although the intention of the program is to facilitate a company’s ability to grow market share, it begins with maximizing individual performance.

Branding: Build Your Own Life Brand

From traditional corporations to the Internet, from top executives to people trying to make a difference in their communities, branding has become one of the most important concepts in professional and personal marketing. In this groundbreaking work, author Stedman Graham shows readers how to use branding—the technique employed by major advertisers to distinguish their products—for their own benefit.

Personal/Professional Development: Developing Self-Awareness in the Corporate World

Effective leaders in the 21st century must operate with a strong sense of their own identity, because along with it comes purpose and integrity, willingness to take risks, the ability to understand the importance of change and to be ready for it. Leaders must be self-motivated to master the challenges of the leadership role and must possess an appreciation of learning and the wisdom to adopt new ways to learn. The self-awareness training of Identity Leadership is often lacking in corporate leadership development. But without truly knowing who you are, how can you have the integrity to lead others in your organization? Professionals who build their identity and have a complete plan for success are in the minority of elite business leaders. They are the ones who make it happen.

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