What do you want people to say at your funeral?

A Leader’s Lasting value is measured by succession. John C. Maxwell’s 21st and final Irrefutable Law of Leadership; The Law of Legacy, states that if you want your leadership to have real meaning you need to obey the Law of Legacy by ensuring your succession and working to create a legacy.

Maxwell’s advice on how to do this is:

  1. Know the Legacy You Want to Leave – most people simply accept their lives – they don’t lead them. I believe that people need to be proactive about how they live, and I believe that is especially true for leaders. Someday people will summarise your life in a single sentence. My advice: pick it now!
  2. Live the Legacy You Want to Leave – I believe that to have any credibility as a leader, you must live what you say you believe. If you want to create a legacy, you need to live it first.
  3. Choose Who Will Carry on Your Legacy – A legacy lives on in people, not things. Too often leaders put their energy into organisations, buildings or other lifeless objects. But only people live on after we are gone. Everything else is temporary.
  4. Make Sure You Pass the Baton – No matter how well you lead, if you don’t make sure you pass the baton, you will not leave the legacy you desire.

The true measure of a legacy is how it endures after we have gone.

Do you have a clear vision of the legacy you are going to leave behind?

Have you decided on who will carry the baton after you have finished with it?

How confident are you that your legacy will endure?

This is the 21st and final article in a series of 21. Previous articles can be found here:

  1. The Law of the Lid: How effective are you as a leader?
  2. The Law of Influence: The True Measure of Leadership
  3. The Law of Process: Leadership is a Journey of Continuous Improvement
  4. The Law of Navigation: Anyone can Steer the Ship…
  5. The Law of Addition: Adding Value by Serving Others
  6. The Law of Solid Ground: Trust is the Foundation of Leadership
  7. The Law of Respect: People Don’t Follow Others by Accident
  8. The Law of Intuition: Evaluate Everything with a Leadership Bias
  9. The Law of Magnetism: Who You Are, Is Who You Attract
  10. The Law of Connection: Leaders that Care Make Connections
  11. The Law of The Inner Circle: Leaders Cannot Succeed Alone
  12. The Law of Empowerment: Only Secure Leaders Give Power to Others
  13. The Law of the Picture: Set the Right Example
  14. The Law of Buy-In: Buying into the Leader comes before buying into the vision
  15. The Law of Victory: Finding a Way to Win
  16. The Law of the Big Mo: Success comes from Momentum
  17. The Law of Priorities: Activity is Not Necessarily Accomplishment
  18. The Law of Sacrifice: A Leader Must Give Up to Go Up
  19. The Law of Timing: Timing is Critical to Successful Leadership
  20. The Law of Explosive Growth: Move the Needle by Leading Leaders

About Peter Borner

Peter is an entrepreneur and successful business leader. Currently leading a consultancy firm specialising in technical diligence for M&A and advising global firms on IT consolidation and migration to consumption based costing through the use of Cloud Technologies.

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