What is your legacy?
Next month I will be training on leaving a legacy as a leader and nonprofit sustainability for the Georgia Center for
Nonprofits as a member of their Nonprofit University faculty.
I love these two topics and I think they are the perfect way to finish off the six month course. So, I thought perhaps today we would talk about legacies. With the recent passing of Steve Jobs, many are speaking of the legacy he left, but you don’t have to die to leave your mark on this world.
Does everyone leave behind a legacy? Are they always good? The way that people think, behave, approach work and life as a result of having worked with you – is your leadership legacy.
Is there positive evidence of your legacy?
What can you point to that you know others do differently as a result of working with you? Have you changed the organization for the better in any way? Have the changes or leadership you provided changed the organization for the better, or will
people watch as you go thinking, “I’m never going to do that, or act that way?”
A legacy is much more than the mark you leave on one organization. Every person you have
interacted with will take their experiences to the next job and influence the
next organization based upon what they have learned from you.
To get a better feel for your leadership style take the Leadership Style Assessment to identify where your legacy opportunities exist. Here are my results:
My assessment results show that I have the characteristics of these types of leaders:
* Ambassador – your score is 20 points out of 25
* Advocate – your score is 20 out of 25
* People Mover – your score is 21 out of 25
* Truth-Seeker – your score 20 out of 25
* Creative builder – your score is 25 out of 25
* Experienced guide – your score is 24 out of 25
What does your assessment show?
Your challenge this week is to take the leadership Style Assessment to learn more about your leadership
characteristics. The more closely you align your work with your style, the more authentic you are, the more likely you will leave behind a legacy others will remember, in a positive light.