Whatever your position, if you influence the lives of those around you, you are engaged in the act of leadership. If you are a leader in any sense, you are creating a legacy as you live your daily life. Your leadership legacy is the sum total of the difference you make in people’s lives, directly and indirectly, formally and informally. Will you consciously craft your legacy or simply leave it up to chance? What can you do to create a positive, empowering legacy that will endure and inspire?
I want to present a challenge for you take responsibility for the lasting impact your actions can have on the people you work with, work for, and lead.
What Legacy Are You Building?
Your legacy is built moment-by-moment, and will impact the way your organization performs in the future. If you care about shaping that future, examine the legacy you are currently building. In the same way that character determines destiny, so too, the leadership legacy you build within your organization will influence the future of the people around you. Who you are filters throughout your entire organization.
Try These Three Small Experiments for Your Legacy
Dare to be a Person not a Position—how you define and conduct yourself is the foundation of the legacy you leave. Living by values and behaving authentically, with integrity and balance will have a far greater impact than anything you can achieve through strength of position.
Dare to Collaborate and Connect—people can exist in isolation, but they cannot thrive. In order for your leadership legacy to live on and be emulated, you must foster emotional connections and mutual trust with the people you collaborate with. The effects of such connections will echo in far-reaching ways, fostering collaborative advantages for all.
Dare to Drive the for the Best Place To Work—those who live their leadership legacy turn their vision into a culture that people want work in. What you do now has the power to change the face of the organization. Dare to create a path that people will want to stand on and follow. Dare to build a culture that attracts, empowers and retains the best.
It’s Your Choice!!
You are going to leave a leadership legacy—whether or not you want to. As a leader, you will impact your people and they will take what they learn forward into the future of your organization. But a positive legacy doesn’t just happen. The legacy you leave is the legacy you live. What you control is the way you live and do things now. The challenge is how to live in a way that creates a legacy that will make a positive difference in the lives of those around you.
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