What will be your Leadership Legacy?
One day, you will retire after 30, 40 or even 50 years or work. Someone will probably organize a retirement party for you. Some people will come, maybe many. Some people will talk about you and the impact you had on them.
What would you like them to say?
As you are busy in your day to day work, solving problems, managing people, delivering the results, satisfying customers needs, you probably don’t have too much time to think about this. Leaving a legacy is something we usually think about at the end of our career as we see retirement in our sight.
I believe that thinking about your leadership legacy now is essential as it will define your leadership, the decisions you make, the actions you take and how you spend your precious time.
In his book, the 7 habits of highly effective people, Stephen Covey advises us to; “Start with the end in mind.’’ I think this applies very well to your leadership legacy.
You career is not different than any major project you work on. If you want to build a building, you must work with an architect to define what the building will look like, its shapes, colours, what impact it will have on the community. This high level visionary work is essential, before you can engage the engineers to define all technical aspects of the building and the construction company to build it.
Your career is not different. We often get caught up in the day to day details of our work and we forget the big picture: why are we doing what we do and for whom.
I have reflected a lot on this over the ten years years and as I experienced life, overcame significant professional and personal challenges and gained some wisdom, I feel my focus for my work has completely shifted.
Like many leaders, I used to use others to satisfy my needs. My needs to achieve, my needs to perform, my needs to be recognized, my need to be loved.
Along the way, something happened to spark a complete transformation of my leadership.
Now, I am in service of others. I dedicate my life to being a catalyst for the transformation of leaders for them to rise into their full potential and step into their greatness and for the elevation of consciousness in organizations all over the world.
One of my biggest joy is being a catalyst for someone transformation with love and compassion and to see them finally let go of their fears and long held limiting beliefs so they can rise into their full potential and step into their greatness.
I read what Michelangelo said when talking about his statue of David, I saw David in the block of marble, I only removed the excess material.
In my work, I always stand for the greatest expression of the people I coach. I focus on seeing the David in their block of marble. Then I help them to see it for themselves, their David and I accompany them to remove the excess material.
The parental and societal programming that we have all received when we were young is sometimes so strong that people cannot see it at first. Often, feelings of unworthiness get in the way. I often ask for people to stand on my shoulders to see on the far horizon what I see possible for them and to fall in love with this. To fall in love with the greatest expression of themselves.
Once this is done, I help them to rise to this potential.
Transformation is not about adding anything. We are already perfect inside. Transformation is about removing all that gets in the way. Our fears and limiting beliefs that we have carried for decades.
I encourage you to reflect now on what you want your leadership legacy to be. This will most likely be defined by your values. Once you have a clear vision of what you want it to be and what you desire that people will say at your retirement party, let this permeate your being and all aspects of your leadership. Use this as a compass to help you make your decisions, take your actions and let if define how you spend your time.
My leadership legacy will be defined by the positive impact I have had on people lives. On my effectiveness of having been a catalyst of transformation for leaders all over the world to become conscious leaders and co-create a promising future for the next generations.
At my retirement party, my desire is for people to say this about me: "Stephane loved us unconditionally, he stood for us and the greatest expression of ourselves, he was patient, compassionate, inspiring and he helped us to completely transform ourselves so we could then help others transform and transform humanity."