Today’s challenge is all about YOU! Mainly, we’ll be focusing on the identities that make up who you are as an individual, leader, and person in the world. Identity is an ever evolving self-portrait; the ongoing take, retake and update of “who am I”. It changes overtime, and something important to note about identities is that some may be visible and some are not. Identity is also known to be a socially constructed concept grounded in: historical, political, cultural norms, and lived experiences. Ultimately, our identities result from our own navigation and meaning making of self, context, and relationships. Take a moment, and simply think about all the pieces that make up the complex being of you. Using a physical sheet of paper or a virtual blank document, write or type the following: Age, Sex, Gender Expression, Ethnicity, Race, Physical/Emotional/Cognitive Capability, Socio-Economic Class, Sexual Orientation, Religion/Spirituality, Geographical Origin
Reflect on the identities and descriptors mentioned above. On your personal paper or document, note the following:
- Which are most central to how you define yourself? Mark them with a star *
- Which are central to how others define you? Mark them with an arrow ->
- Which brings you the most joy? Or proud of? Mark them with a smiley face :)
- Which would you like to understand further? Mark them with a question mark (?)
Challenge Day 2 Questions: As you look at your words and markings-- what stands out to you? Which of these identities empower your voice as a leader?
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