Words by Leanne Kemp, Queensland Chief Entrepreneur
Well here it is folks, six months to go until the end of Chiefdom... with EOFY just days away, I’ve been pondering and even pontificating as I come to moments of realisation. A time-lapsed reality sets in and I begin to accelerate and agitate the OQCE team into gear, ensuring we are building a sustainable and successful formula for our innovation leaders.
It surprises me how many leaders don’t spend enough time thinking about legacy – what they will leave behind for an organisation and the people they serve.
Webster’s dictionary defines legacy as, “anything handed down from the past, as from an ancestor or predecessor”. Legacy is not bound by age or time served.
Legacy represents your body of work at each stage of your career as you establish the foundational building blocks and accumulate the required wisdom to contribute to growth, innovation and opportunity both in and outside of the workplace.
Your legacy grows with each new experience, with each previously untested idea and bold ideal that you are courageous enough to deploy, and each time you inspire others to see something through to fruition.
For many, leaving a legacy is associated with the end rather than the beginning or the next phase in one’s career.
Leadership is not shaped and your legacy is not defined at the end of the road but rather by the moments shared, the decisions made, the actions taken, and even the mistakes overcome throughout the many phases of your engagement.
Leadership done rightly is a reinvention process – a continuous discovery that informs your mindset, new skill sets and aptitudes.
At each stage of career pathways, you learn how to keep creating sustainable impact and influence.
With each step you take, identify new ways of mastering the fundamentals, which in turn provides greater clarity and depth of thought to further improve your leadership approach and communication style.
The best leadership legacies are a consequence of success coming to those who are surrounded by people that want their success to continue. When you can inspire those around you to take a leap of faith with you, you are creating a legacy defining moment in your leadership career. Whenever you have this opportunity, embrace it; capture the moment and appreciate the inherent responsibility associated with it to guide and shape the overall experience. After the moment subsides, share the significance with your team and how it plays an important part of their legacy, too.
To keep us all moving in the right direction, here are five stages of legacy building that will define the significance of our collective innovation leadership in Queensland (for Queensland):
- Identity and Values
- Guiding Foundational Principles
- Courage and Risk-Taking
- Genuine Care to Advance Others
- Responsibility and Accountability
When moments are realised, the lens that you see through becomes crystal clear; you begin to understand that being accountable for the advancement and success of others will ultimately define your significance as a leader!