I have been thinking about this question a lot over the weekend. I will be graduating college soon, and I will be leaving a couple of the organizations that I am a part of. I can’t help to think about the impression that I will be leaving behind as a leader in both organizations. Are others appreciative of what I’ve done for my organization? Did I set a good example for others to follow? Hopefully the answers were both “yes,” but that’s up for the others to decide.
Your legacy is a sum of how others live and work because of the behaviors they saw you exhibit. It’s defined by your choices and actions as a leader. It’s also not something that you can create in a day, or with one action, but it’s a collection of the things that you do consistently that others see. As a leader, you will face many defining moments that will shape your legacy. Think about your actions and how they will contribute to your legacy and act accordingly.
What is your legacy? How would others define it? As a leader, you should constantly be asking yourself that. Everything you do in your organization shapes others opinions of you as a leader. Think about the impression that you want to leave behind and how you will be perceived by others once you are gone. Your legacy is something that should represent who you are and what you stand for. It’s as great as you want to make it.
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