The Law of Legacy

The twenty-first law of the The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership is The Law of Legacy:

“A Leader’s Lasting Value Is Measured by Succession”

Our ability as leaders will not be measured by the buildings we build, or institutions we established. We will be judged by how well the people we invested in carried on after we are gone.

Just about anybody can make an organization look good for a moment —by launching a flashy new program or product, drawing crowds to a big event, or slashing the budget to boost the bottom line. But leaders who leave a legacy take a different approach. They lead with tomorrow as well as today in mind. They plan to keep leading as long as they are effective, yet they prepare his successor anyway. They always look out for the best interests of the organization and its stockholders.

Succession is one of the key responsibilities of leadership. Yet of all the laws of leadership, the Law of Legacy is the one that the fewest leaders seem to learn. Achievement comes to someone when he is able to do great things for himself. Success comes when he empowers followers to do great things with him. Significance comes when he develops leaders to do great things for him. But a legacy is created only when a person puts his organization into the position to do great things without him.

If you desire to make an impact on a future generation, then start thinking about your legacy.

Summing-up: What do you want people to say at your funeral? If you want your leadership to have real meaning, you need to take into account the Law of Legacy. A leader’s lasting value is measured by succession.

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