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Message from Pat - Leadership Legacy

"The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit."

~Nelson Henderson

The legacy you leave is the life you lead.

Legacy, as defined by Dictionary.com, is something that is handed down from an ancestor or a predecessor. When you live your life, you leave behind a trail of footprints. Some of those footprints will fade quickly as do footprints in sand and others will endure as a lasting legacy of how you helped to create a different world. Now is the time we should be thinking about what is the legacy we want to leave.

Peace by Cayusa
Peace by Cayusa

Legacy is defined by how others see you. We should always be aware of the impact we have. I consistently tell clients they are being watched at all times. By their families, by their friends, their co-workers, their community members, etc. We are modeling at all times, and as such, we must be aware of our impact and how we influence those around us.

In their book, Your Leadership Legacy, Galford and Maruca, write about a concept called legacy thinking. It is a framework that demonstrates the importance of legacy in leadership development. They stress that individuals should think about legacy on their way into a position as opposed to on their way out.

If this is the case, we, as leaders, must be clear on what legacy it is we want to leave and from this point, modify and shape our behavior over time to be in alignment with our legacy.

In Plato's Dialogues: Apology, Socrates is quoted as saying; "The unexamined life is not worth living." This statement is not meant to diminish life but rather to elevate critical examination of the life that one is living.

At the end of a person’s tenure with a company, or the end of their career, or even close to the end of one’s life, life becomes very tangible. The time left is finite and the desire to leave a legacy grows in importance.

"I may be here for a short while, gone tomorrow into oblivion or until the days come to take me away. But, in whatever part you play, be remembered as part of a legacy...of sharing dreams and changing humanity for the better. It's that legacy that never dies." ~ Unknown

Choose to spend some time thinking about your legacy in a personal light. Ask yourself these questions and then notice where you are living your desired legacy:

  • What is the effect I want to have on those around me?
  • What are legacies I want to leave behind?
  • What kind of leader do I wish to be remembered as?
  • Ask a few people close to you what do they think your legacy is.
  • What are the leadership behaviors, strengths and values I want to lead with?
  • What kinds of behaviors are my strengths seeding in others?
  • What have I learned that is important to pass on?

"There are certain things that are fundamental to human fulfillment. The essence of these needs is captured in the phrase 'to live, to love, to learn, to leave a legacy. The need to live is our physical need for such things as food, clothing, shelter, economical well-being, health. The need to love is our social need to relate to other people, to belong, to love and to be loved. The need to learn is our mental need to develop and to grow. And the need to leave a legacy is our spiritual need to have a sense of meaning, purpose, personal congruence, and contribution." ~ Stephen Covey

Step into leading and play a Bigger Game in your life…don’t wait…model leadership…the World needs us to do this.

Lead strong!



Sunset by Via moi
Sunset by Via moi

We are all on a search – a search for more meaning in our lives.

Through choosing to enrich others people’s lives, you add meaning to both their life and your own.

Some simple steps to follow:

  1. Commit: Commit to lifetime-relationships that span events, companies, causes and geographic boundaries.

  2. Care: Care for the concerns of others as if they are your own.

  3. Connect: Aim to connect those who will benefit and enrich each other’s lives I equal measure.

  4. Communicate: Communicate candidly. Tell people what they should hear rather than what they want to hear.

  5. Expand Capacity: Aim to expand people’s capacity to help them give and get more from their own lives.

The Litmus Test: If you are truly enriching someone’s life, they will typically miss you in their past. They think their lives would have been even better if they had met you earlier.

You are only as rich as the enrichment you bring to the world around you.

- Rajesh Setty, Life Beyond Code

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