#21: THE LAW OF LEGACY: A Leader’s Lasting Value Is Measured by Succession

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Life is short. It can end when we least expect. We’ve lost loved ones, leaders and thousand of individuals who probably thought they’d wake up the next morning to do extraordinary things like they’ve always done. When they didn’t, we cried, yet we knew they had left an indelible imprint in our hearts because they chose to make an impact in the world; to leave behind something much bigger than themselves and that’s why we remember them fondly and find strength to go on despite their departure.

Leaders who practice the Law of LEGACY are rare. But the ones, who do, leave a legacy of succession for their organization, family, friends and the world as a whole. You don’t have to wait until death to leave a legacy… you can start now:

  1. LEAD THE ORGANISATION WITH A “LONG VIEW”

Just about anybody can make an organization look good for a moment – by launching a flashy new program, 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.

  1. CREATE A LEADERSHIP CULTURE

The most stable companies have strong leaders at every level of the organization . The only way to develop such wide spread leadership is to make developing leaders a part of your culture.

  1. PAY THE PRICE TODAY TO ASSURE SUCCESS TOMORROW

There is no success without sacrifice. Each organization is unique and that dictates what the price will be. But any leader who wants to help his organization must be willing to pay that price to ensure lasting success.

  1. VALUE TEAM LEADERSHIP ABOVE INDIVIDUAL LEADERSHIP

No matter how good he is, no leader can do it all alone. Just as in sports, a coach needs a team of good players to win; an organization needs a team of good leaders to succeed. The larger the organization, the stronger, larger and deeper the team of leaders need to be.

  1. WALK AWAY FROM THE ORGANISATION WITHINTEGRITY

When it is a leaders time to leave the organization, he has got to be willing to walk away and let his successor do his own thing. Meddling only hurts him and the organization.

Max Dupree, author of “Leadership is an Art”, declared, “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 Legacy is created only when a person puts his organization into the position to do great things without him.

When all said and done, your ability as a leaders will not be judged by what you achieved personally or even by what your team accomplished during your tenure. You will be judged by how well your people and your organization did after you were gone. You will be gauged according to the Law of Legacy. Your lasting value will be measured by succession.

Are you excited about leaving a legacy? Find out how to begin a personal succession story…

Pick up any or all of these publications by LEAP. You’ll be amazed at how far you can go. According to Chris Musgrove “Success is not measured by what you are leaving to, but by what you are leaving behind.

Find out where to get these books:

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  1. “PASSING THE BATON”
  2. “CRITICAL STRATEGIES FOR BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE ORGANIZATION”
  3. “RAGE FOR CHANGE”

Well, that’s it!! All the 21 Irrefutable laws of leadership – Learn them, Take them to heart and Apply them to your life. If you follow them, before will follow you.

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