Legacy leaders operate in ways that build trust and transform lives. They tend to be concerned with the greater good in humanity. It doesn’t matter what your plight might be your legacy matters. Whether you are a laborer, teacher, engineer, doctor, or the president of the United States, your legacy matters. We all have an obligation to make a positive impact on society by contributing our best in life. For this reason, we are all leaders in some fashion.
What will be your legacy? One of the primary reasons successful leaders leave legacies is because they understand the impact they have on everyone around them. Their goal is to build relationships and accomplish something meaningful that will help move humanity forward long after they are gone.
For example, in 1940 Winston Churchill gave a powerful speech, his first since becoming prime minister of the United Kingdom, saying, “I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat… What is our aim? I can answer in one word: Victory. Victory at all costs. Victory in spite of all terror. Victory, however long and hard the road may be, for without victory there is no survival.” Known as the “British Bulldog,” Winston Churchill helped steer his nation through World War II with his courage and patriotism. Today his legacy is one of a hero.
Humility and compassion are characteristics of legacy leaders and what I call ‘trust builders.” Helping people must be at the forefront of your mind. As said so eloquently by Dr. Maya Angelou, “People will forget what you’ve said, people will forget what you did, but they will never forget the way you made them feel.”
Invest in your future legacy by expressing humility and compassion to all and by caring for and encouraging the people you lead. And your legacy will last long after you are gone, so Never Give Up! Never Give Up! Never Give Up!