A Leader’s Legacy
"By asking ourselves how we want to be remembered, we plant the seeds for living our lives as if we matter. By living each day as if we matter, we offer up our own unique legacy. By offering up our own unique legacy, we make the world we inhabit a better place than we found it." —From the Introduction
"An indispensable daily reference for leaders at every level of every enterprise. A Leader’s Legacy is a gift to leaders of today, to leaders of the future."
—Frances Hesselbein, chairman, Leader to Leader Institute
"A Leader's Legacy is a must-read, not just for those at the top of organizations but for anyone at any level who aspires to be a leader."
—Bill George, former chairman and CEO, Medtronic; author, Authentic Leadership
"This superb book defies conventional wisdom in favor of being truly wise. A Leader's Legacy will surely become key to the literary legacy that its authors have been leaving in their wake over the past twenty-five years."
—Parker J. Palmer, author, The Courage to Teach and A Hidden Wholeness
“Asking the question about legacy brings forward a central observation: leadership is not solely about producing results. Success in leadership is not measured only in numbers. Being a leader brings with it a responsibility to do something of significance that makes families, communities, work organizations, nations, the environment, and the world better places than they are today.”—from A Leader’s Legacy.
In what is one of Jim and Barry’s most personal works, A Leader’s Legacy reflects deeply on the question of leadership and legacy. Drawing on their wealth of experience from over three decades of researching, writing, consulting, and thinking about leadership, they zero in on the core challenges of today and offer up a thoughtful and reassuring perspective any leader, or aspiring leader, will learn from and enjoy. A series of twenty-two powerful essays explore the often thorny and frequently ambiguous issues of significance, relationships, aspirations, and courage: how leaders serve and sacrifice, why leaders need loving critics, why leaders should want to be liked, why leaders can't take trust for granted, why it’s not just the leader’s vision, why failure is always an option, why it takes courage to “make a life,” how to liberate the leader in everyone, and ultimately, how the legacy you leave is the life you lead.
Leave a lasting legacy that reflects who you are and what you value, and leaves the world a better place for generations to come. A Leader’s Legacy will challenge you with the key questions that will help you define what difference you will make.