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April 24, 2013

Starting Thought - One principle from the Margaret Thatcher School of Leadership: Leave a Legacy


With the passing of Margaret Thatcher earlier this month, the world has lost one of its great leaders and communicators.  In reading about her journey, and all she accomplished, I thought about the amazing legacy she left.

Which leads me to the question for every leader: what will your legacy be?

You’ll have a legacy whether you want t or not; will it be the one you envision?

I regularly ask senior leaders about what they want their legacy to be, and often get a list of qualities.  That’s important.  People will remember who you were and how you made them feel.  But there’s a second part.

What impact will you have had on your organization? Industry? World?  You’ll be remembered as someone who did what?

This is a big question, but how will you get there if you don’t know where you’re going?

What will your legacy be?

-          David Grossman

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