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06/19/2011

How Would Others Define Your Leadership Legacy?

This video is a tribute to my father, Frank Llopis that was Featured on Fox News, America's News HQ on Father's Day Weekend (June 18th-19th).  I am proud to share my father's legacy with you in support of this thought provoking blog:

As America's corporations continue to reinvent themselves, leaders face defining moments.  Many are incumbents waiting for retirement.   Others are new in their leadership capacity and seek to make an immediate difference, while there are those that would rather observe and play it safe.     How leaders handle their defining moments will define the future of their organizations and new opportunities for their colleagues.   It defines their legacy.

What is a leadership defining moment?  A moment that defines the future of your company, its people, and its brand - that changes the lives of its consumers.  When Steve Jobs announced the launch of the iPod, iPhone and iPad.   A defining moment can also be negative -- as, for example, when Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme was revealed.

At a time in America when leaders are focusing on survival and reinvention, they should also be paying attention to their legacy.  Not to promote themselves, but to have a positive impact on the whole organization and community.  What is your leadership agenda?   Does it account for the needs of others and what is most important for the advancement of your organization and its people?

A couple of weeks ago, I challenged America’s leadership and the reaction was overwhelming.   I was amazed by the number of comments that repeatedly questioned the agendas, attitudes and authenticity of our leaders.   People are hungry for authentic and transparent leadership.    They not only want to support an authentic leadership voice, but they also want to be involved.  More than ever, people want to be a part of something meaningful and purposeful.  We are desperate for innovation and entrepreneurship to help restart our economy and reclaim our position as a global market leader in technology, education, automobiles, and the rest.  

Over the past several weeks, I have meet with several Fortune 500 executives.   When I asked one executive about what they desire most for the organization, he responded:  “We need to refresh the mindset and attitude of our employees.   We require new ways of thinking to inspire our culture.   We don’t have the answers like we used to.  We are stuck and we can’t hide from it any longer.”   When asked what he desired his legacy to be, he had trouble finding an answer.

You should always be thinking about your legacy.   It is your duty and others want you to reveal it.   Remember, most people want to be led and your legacy is something that should authentically represent who you are and what you stand for.   Don’t disappoint.  Define your own legacy. It is your personal responsibility to do so.  What would others expect your legacy to be?   Does it represent who you really are?

Leaders must commit themselves to a cultural promise in order to define their legacy.   Why?  Because the challenge that most are faced with requires focusing on others, much more than just themselves.   What is your legacy?  How would others define it?  What actions will you take and encourage others to make after reading this article?

I welcome your perspective.

 

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