Leaders are not remembered for what they do for themselves, leaders are remembered for what they do for others. The most effective leaders are more interested in the success of others than their own success. The most important leader is not necessarily the person with the top position on the organizational chart, the most important leader is that individual you have the most interaction with, the person you turn to when you need advice, support or direction. A leader’s legacy is the legacy of many, not the leader individually.
Legendary motivator, the late Jim Rohn, talked about making a mark on the world and being remembered for making the world a better place. Rohn developed and taught nine philosophies for leaving a legacy:
- Life is best lived in the service of others.
- Consider others’ interests as important as your own.
- Love your neighbor even if you don’t like him.
- Maintain integrity at all costs.
- To improve, you must take risks.
- You reap what you sow.
- Hard work is never a waste.
- Don’t give up.
- Keep going.
The more you embrace these philosophies, the more you mentor and coach others to embrace these philosophies, the more you will be known and remembered as an effective leader.