A Leader’s Legacy
We discussed an important difference between good bosses and bad bosses in an earlier post. Good bosses believe right now is the right time to take action – bad bosses wait for the “right” opportunity.
This got me thinking about a leader’s legacy. All of us, regardless of our position or place in a company, have the ability to leave a legacy. We all have extraordinary potential, it’s just a matter of whether or not we’re going to bring it out and leave it behind. What will be your legacy?
Let me rewind for one minute. Legacy can have a morbid connotation – we can think that legacies only linger after someone has died. But that’s not the case here – I’m talking about the aftermath of someone’s contributions. Employees can be promoted, leave a company, change directions, or do a number of things that give their legacy the chance to endure. So again, what legacy do you want to leave?
Doug was right: good leaders know that right now is the right time. And the reason they do is because they know that first-class leadership has so much more to do with the big picture than it does with them. They know that little things accumulate, they know that people matter, and they know that in the long run, the benefit of their contributions can last much longer if they make the most of what matters in the meantime.
John Maxwell says, “People will summarize your life in one sentence – pick it now.” I agree with this, and I also encourage you to pick a professional one-liner, too. In other words: Your team, your company and your peers will remember your contributions in one sentence – pick it now.
Are you wondering where to begin as you define the legacy you want to leave? Take your time and use these questions to generate ideas.
- When you’re at work, what do you do that makes time fly?
- What are your strengths?
- How do you think you help others at work?
- What do you value most about yourself as a leader?
- What leaders do you respect? Why do you admire them?
- What 3 words do you want to come to mind when others reflect on you as a leader?
It may seem trivial to take the time to define your leadership legacy – but you can’t take steps to become the leader you hope to be, if you don’t even know what that leader looks like.
Do you already have your leadership legacy defined? Share it with us now!