What is Your Leadership Legacy?

On March 6, 2013, in Blog, Leadership Legacy, by Christine Glasco

leg·a·cy   a gift, bequest, heritage, something handed down from an ancestor or predecessor, a surviving system…

What do you want your leadership legacy to be?

By that I mean – have you made a lot of moves in your career, making more money, having more associates report to you, achieving more prestigious titles – without positively impacting your team, the company or your community?

Why do you need to think about your legacy now – before you are retirement age?  Building a legacy starts now – in fact it has already started.  It follows you from one organization or company to the next; from one role to the next.

If I asked your boss, peers and subordinates from your last 3 – 4 roles or organizations, to describe your imprint of legacy what would they say?  How would it compare to your views of your lasting historical markers?

Would they say you left an imprint and legacy that:

  • Provided for associates’ personal and professional growth and developmentjohn e freed
  • Built a process for continuous improvement
  • Implemented an organization construct that not only provided the associate with “job well done” but communicated to all “how” the associate contributed to the organization’s brand
  • Impacted associates’ ability to work in harmony
  • Elevated the organization culture
  • Helped others embrace the true meaning of a diverse workforce
  • Created a new forward-thinking business strategy
  • Furthered the organization’s mission
  • Presented the opportunity for holistic knowledge management
  • Fostered a disruptive innovator environment
  • Advanced a practice for ‘greening’ the organization
  • Offered opportunities to give back to the community

Or would they barely remember your name?  Did you skim the surface, smile broadly and bring in a paycheck – or did you truly make a difference?

Leadership is a matter of intelligence, trustworthiness, humaneness, courage, and discipline . . . Sun Tzu

Leaving a leadership legacy requires all of the above and must ensure that you erect a larger stage for the practice of your skills, talents, strengths and competencies that grow you, your boss, your peers, your organization your family, your community and the global village.

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Today, wherever you are in your career: just starting, mid-career, or contemplating a second career, ask: “what is my leadership legacy?”


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Christine M. Glasco, Career Coach – consults to company executives, business owners and non-profit leaders on career management, career transition and strategic leadership development solutions.  To request a complimentary copy of Five Tips to Transform Your Executive Career  and to receive Who Needs a One Page Career Plan? You Do!   Website: www.christineglasco.com   Email:  info@christineglasco.com  Phone:  1.940.367.0837

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6 Responses to What is Your Leadership Legacy?

  1. Kimberly says:

    Loved this! One of your most thought provoking blogs.

    • Christine Glasco says:

      Kimberly, thanks for your comments. This topic – leadership legacy – is very ‘near and dear’ to me and has always been part of my leadership construct.

  2. Important issue for seasoned leaders, Christine.

    Inheritance is what we leave to others. Legacy is what we leave in them. More on that here:

    • Christine Glasco says:

      Lee, thanks so much for your comment. I read the article associated with your link. It was very moving and inspirational. Living our legacy and leaving a legacy does have long-term generational implications.

  3. So neat to see your frame of our work of 15 years! Take a look at http://www.LegacyLeadership.com or our book Legacy Leadership: The Leader’s Guide to LASTING Greatness — available at Amazon in paperbook or electronically.

    Just like our “brand” we live our Legacy daily and being intentional about that influence is a key in more ways than one. Thanks for reinforcing this in our community.

    • Christine Glasco says:

      Jeannine, thanks for your comments. I clicked through the link that you sent. I loved reading the Forward to the book and I plan to order it. Great minds think alike.

      Also, thanks for recognizing my 15+ years of observing leadership behavior, engaging in leadership development and coaching and developing some frameworks for sharing my observations.


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