Two Perspectives On The Importance Of Building Your Leadership Legacy
The Three C's of a Leadership Legacy
On the About.com Leadership blog, Chris Edmonds, CEO of the Purposeful Culture Group, discusses the Three C's of a leadership legacy: context, consistency, and courage. According to the piece, leaders must be able to communicate a context and a purpose to each team member to help them understand how their jobs fit in to the big picture. When they know why they are doing something and how it will impact the organization, they are far more likely to be engaged and succeed.
What Does A Leadership Legacy Actually Look Like?
We talk a lot about leadership legacies, but what does such a legacy look like? Back in 2009, Bill Gentry of Leading Effectively, took the time to illustrate just that in his article, "Bill Walsh Had One - What is Your Leadership Legacy." The piece was written around the time of the Super Bowl, when the Pittsburgh Steelers were set to face off against the Arizona Cardinals. Gentry decided to take this opportunity to look at the career of Bill Walsh, who coached three San Francisco 49ers teams to Super Bowl victories over the course of his career.
Those coaches that worked for Bill Walsh took the lessons that they learned from him and applied them to their own careers, rising among the ranks to reach the pinnacle of coaching success. While you may not be chasing a Super Bowl ring, it is important to look at those who work for you and ask yourself which of your values they will carry with them through the next phase of their own careers, and how successful they will be once you have left the organization.