Leaving a Leadership Legacy

As I get older, I am reminded that my “legacy” is that which I leave behind for others to share, to build upon, and to enjoy.  For your heirs, the need to leave behind something goes far beyond a financial legacy.  You want to leave the story, the roadmap of how you got here, what decisions you made, and most importantly, what worked, and what didn’t.

I recently re-read a blog post by Jim Rohn from 2017.  In this post, Jim reminds us that it is the tangible things that have the most value and the most benefit to others. Photographs (including descriptions), your personal library, and most importantly, your personal journal.  As I was reading the post, I was reminded why we know so much about the founding of our great nation.  The founders and the framers, especially John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison, were incredible writers.  Their writings in the form of letters, newspaper articles, and personal journals tell a wondrous story of the founding of the United States, and left a legacy of Liberty, Democracy, and Personal Responsibility for all of us to share.  How sad it would be if we could not study the history of our nation without being able to refer to the original writings of the men and women who were there.

A word of caution to those who believe that keeping a journal is just too “old fashioned.”  After all, we now have Facebook, Twitter, Google+, WordPress, and a whole host of digital media to share our thoughts, ideas, and to leave a legacy.  While I agree that social media and other electronic forms are a good way to disseminate information, understand that you do not own, or control anything you post on these platforms.  Should Twitter (or any of the others) go out of business, or suffer a serious outage, all of your information may be lost.  Even if you keep electronic copies on your local hard drive, you are only one power surge or fried hard-drive away from losing everything.  Only paper and ink have withstood the test of time.  Not just for centuries, but for millennia.

Leadership in Action 003

An acquaintance on another platform (Twitter) asked why I was always posting quotes from others, rather than posting some of the things that I teach in my own classroom.  I honestly had to think about it for a few minutes.  Then it dawned on me, I wasn’t using my own quotes, my own education, and my own experiences, because I didn’t want to appear arrogant.  Yet, at the same time, I have studied and applied leadership theory for over 20 years in my personal life, and I have taught both undergraduate and graduate courses in leadership for the past decade.  Certainly, I must have something to say on the subject?  After some further thought, I realized, yes… the reason that I started studying leadership was because of my personal belief in a lack of real leadership in our nation, and in the past 20 years I have been able to apply what I have learned both in the classroom, and in the business world, to challenge old, tired ideas and to advance a vision of a better world for all of us.

Charles Krauthammer; 1950-2018

Charles Krauthammer was arguably one of the greatest intellects in Washington, D.C.  His columns and commentary were read and listened to by millions of people on a daily basis.  His voice, always strong; his beliefs, always out front.  He wrote columns and appeared on News shows beginning during the Reagan Administration and ending with the early Trump Administration.  His praise was not limited to Republicans, nor was his scorn limited to Democrats. Charles’ opinion were his own and were always well thought out and found their basis in the facts of the day.

Krauthammer overcame many challenges in his life, including the swimming accident during his first year of Medical School which confined him to a wheelchair for the rest of his life. Sadly, Charles could not overcome this final challenge with an aggressive form of cancer that took his life today, June 21, 2018.

The loss of Charles Krauthammer is not just a great blow to journalism and media, but also to all of us who value intellectual discourse, journalistic integrity, and the willingness to speak out, even when the subject is unpopular.  He will be greatly missed.

Leadership in Action 001

The ability to develop long-term, beneficial relationships is key to any leader who hopes to achieve his/her vision.  Good leaders understand that “1 is too small a number to achieve lasting success.”  As leaders, we must surround ourselves with people of good quality.  Then lean on those whose expertise exceeds our own.  To be successful, you must develop a core team of trusted friends, with a shared vision, then execute that vision with the full support of your team.

Peace through Strength

I believe that nearly everyone would agree that the Dalai Lama is a man of peace.  However, it appears that the Dalai Lama and Ronald Reagan have much in common.  You maintain peace, by being strong in the face of your enemies.  Even in the eyes of the Dalai Lama, a schoolgirl has the right to defend herself when confronted by evil.

Designed for Success (061)

Happy Wednesday everyone!

How many times have you said “I need more time” or “there just isn’t enough time”.  Today’s first SUCCESS Quote from Peter Drucker;  Author, University Professor, and Management Consultant.  Professor Drucker reminds us that time management is essential for success.  The reality is that we all have all the time there is. There are only 24 hours in a day, and those 24 hours are available to all of us.  You cannot “Make Time” or “Create Time”, we can only manage our time to best effect.  Let’s all learn from the past and benefit from the wisdom of others. Especially those who have achieved success in business, politics, religion, and life.

Here is another of my favorite quotations on SUCCESS!

To your health, happiness, prosperity!

Kevin