What will your leadership legacy be?
Most leaders believe that the best time to define their legacy is after one has completed his or her mission. However, you’ll soon learn that it’s best to be thinking about your legacy now. In doing so, you will remain on a quality path that will ensure a honorable legacy.
The author introduces a term called “legacy thinking”, which acts as a guideline and also a measuring stick for making key leadership decisions. See if your latest decisions, when measured by legacy thinking, will pass the test.
Quickly recognize the legacy you’re most likely to leave, by the role you are currently playing within your organization.
"Leadership comes in small acts, simple conversations, as well as thoughtful decisions and bold strokes of courage."
Once you have moved on from your current position, others will look back and quickly determine if the organization is now better off as a direct result of your leadership.
Obviously, we all want to make a positive impact on our company and the people we lead. Unfortunately, too often leaders don’t even begin to consider their overall impact until well after their departure.
This is a book that is committed to helping leaders avoid making this common mistake. The central theme of Your Leadership Legacy is that visions of an honorable legacy should be the daily catalyst for our actions, rather than just being the result after the fact.
One of the key points of the book is that many retired leaders, as they look back upon their long illustrious careers, take more pride in the impact they had on individuals to learn and grow, than the financial accomplishments of the business. In real terms, the one-on-one relationships that are developed and nurtured mean a great deal to these highly successful men and women.
These feelings were summarized in the following statement: “I hope that my legacy at work will be the same things for which my family will remember me, and be proud of me for.”
The purpose of Your Leadership Legacy, is two-fold. First, the book strives to bridge the divide between doing what’s right for the company and at the same time contributing to the well-being of the individual employees and team members.
Secondly, the book attempts to help leaders to ensure they are successful in leaving a positive and honorable legacy that serve the common good for generations to come.
Highly successful companies almost always have strong effective leaders at the helm. Too often, however, the success of the organization comes at a very high personal price to it’s leaders and team members.
It doesn’t have to be that way.
Today’s most insightful leaders understand that they must leave behind an organization that is sound financially and on the cutting-edge creatively, while at the same time leaving behind highly motivated and fully engaged employees.
The authors walk you through the entire process of planning a leadership legacy of honor and distinction. Chapters in Your Leadership Legacy include the following:
Leaders everywhere are recommending this wonderful book. They make clear how they wished that they had read Your Leadership Legacy: Why Looking Toward the Future Will Make You a Better Leader Today at the start of their career.
"Actions, not words, are the ultimate results of leadership."
Give this book your attention. Time spent reading this material will serve you well as you work to building your own leadership legacy.
Robert M. Galford, is a managing partner of the Center for Executive Development in Boston and has taught executive education programs at Columbia University, The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and Harvard University.
Regina Fazio Maruca, is a former senior editor at Harvard Business Review and is currently a writer and editor based on Cape Cod.
For more information and ideas about Your Leadership Legacy, visit www.yourleadershiplegacy.com
"Leadership is about doing what you know is right - even when a growing din of voices around you is trying to convince you to accept what you know to be wrong."- Robert. L. Ehrlich