For one man, a leadership legacy definition – and ethical leadership – was summarized by a note before departing the company that defined him for 25 years.
What do you want your leader’s legacy to be?
A confused stare and awkward silence follow after I ask that question.
What is a Leadership Legacy?
It is a compelling question that begins a process of self-reflection and definition of career and business strategy development.
In almost all instances, I get the question, “What is a leader’s legacy?”
After you leave a role – any role – how do you want people to remember your impact and time there – that is a legacy definition.
Why does it matter?
It keeps you focused and on your specified path during times of chaos and uncertainty.
It is not just a mantra; it is an exact legacy definition of your professional and personal operating plan. It’s a roadmap to practicing ethical leadership.
Sounds odd right?
You would be surprised by the power of reflecting on your legacy definition during these times. It is incredibly empowering during those moments when you feel little control or influence to what is happening around you.
The most important person to influence is you. How you choose to live and lead during tragedy, chaos, and uncertainty ultimately defines your legacy.