A Quality of Thought: High Performance Leadership is … Social Legacy
When I work with both well-established and emerging leaders, I invite them to identify areas of focus to help them establish, maintain and dominate their particular sphere of influence.
(Not in an underhand or Machiavellian way. Rather, to use their powers for good.)
Common themes include Strategic Relationships, Loyal Followings, Thought Leadership and Special Projects.
And my clients are happy to work on these. They’re positively energised by the thought of investing in and improving their own performance in these areas.
But there is another theme which, although almost always mentioned, is often far more of a struggle to internalise, adopt and wholly own. That theme is: Legacy.
I’m not going to write about why that might be: we each need to decide for ourselves how we feel about the idea of legacy; and how we see that being woven into the fabric of our leadership agenda.
But if that is a stumbling block in your leadership armoury, think on this: what social legacy do you want to leave behind?
What ways of being do you want to inspire in others? What best version of others do you want your best version of self to make possible for others? What little pieces of yourself do you want your team to forever take away with them?
Have that be your legacy.