This week in my personal blog – #Significance – I discuss three local men who did very well in life, but still made it a priority to give back to their community, each one leaving a legacy for generations to come.
It reminds me of a passage from Business is ART in which I discuss an assignment we received as part of our Executive MBA course curriculum. This particular assignment was for each of the 50 members of our cohort to stand up in front of the others and give a 5-minute presentation entitled “My Leadership Legacy.”
The presentations ran from very funny to deeply moving, but in every case, we came to understand each other on a much greater level than we had the rest of the entire time we were in the program together.
Applying What We Learned
It was such a powerful experience that I brought the exercise back to my business and asked each of the approximately 40 leaders that reported to me to complete the same assignment.
When all was said and done, the same results experienced in the EMBA program occurred – each leader left feeling more connected to one another than before.
But this time, as each leader stood up and presented the leadership legacy statement to the rest of us, I took notes. Later, I went back through the notes and noticed distinct trends, so consolidated them into a series of 11 leadership legacy statements. These statements were subsequently presented back to the team. We then printed and farmed the statements and hung them on the office walls to remind ourselves that this is who we are.
Here are the 11 statements we developed from our exercise, but I highly recommend you come up with your own, whether it’s just you or your collective team that does it. You’ll get to know yourself and others like you never have before.
Be open. Be honest. Have fun!
Our Leadership Legacy Statements
- As a leader, it is my responsibility to own and communicate a vision
- As a leader, my actions speak louder than my words
- As a leader, I am empathetic to others
- As a leader, I instill trust
- As a leader, I teach others
- As a leader, I am flexible
- As a leader, I never stop learning
- As a leader, I contribute to the growth of others
- As a leader, I recognize the strengths of others
- As a leader, I create and promote teamwork
- As a leader, I celebrate our success