- Post a new discussion related to the topics covered in this module. Your post needs to provide specific lessons learned with examples from this module helping you enhance your leadership capacity at work.
- After posting your discussion, review posts provided by other students in the class and reply to at least one of them.
This lesson was a good summary of things to look at and make sure we’re doing as leaders. Those who desire to leave a good legacy behind (we’ll all leave some sort of legacy) should be purposeful and consistently work to improve not only their agencies, but themselves as well. Leaders must make sure the thing they stand for and the work they do are worthy of imitating. The components of legacy leadership was a lot of stuff we’ve talked about already including, building strong relationships, mentoring, giving and receiving feedback, give respect, have courage, don’t assume, and have aspirations and a futuristic mindset.
You want to leave behind something that no matter how many people come and go. They will always know of you. Your accomplishments, your stories and your goals you set for others to succeed.
According to Blankenship, there are three essential concepts of legacy leadership. The first is look forward by looking back. This concept is about early on in your career having the ability to look at where you want your career to go and start establishing your priorities to get you there. I feel like this is an important concept if an individual knows that they want to be a supervisor in the future they need to know what they need to do to get to that spot, what trainings to complete and how to align themselves with the proper individuals who are going to coach and mentor them. The next is about not how you start but how you end. I feel that is an important concept personally and professionally, life is going to get in the way, which can derail the initial plan. It is all about determination and not giving up on a task, goal, or dream. I think about my desire to obtain my master’s degree; my personal and professional life created some barriers for me, it took me eleven years to accomplish my goal but in the end, I did it. The final is teamwork; no matter what you do in life you can’t do it alone, you have to have a team behind you to accomplish the goal and mission. The mission can be more successful when it is a team effort (2017).
Blankenship, G. (2017). Legacy leadership. 2.11, Week # 8. National Command and Staff College. Retrieved from https://cloud.scorm.com/content/courses
I agree teamwork is essential. As leaders, we can steer the ship in the right direction, but we can’t do everything ourselves. We have to rely on others to accomplish the mission and vision we set as leaders. This is where mentoring and building relationships is essential. People follow people, not positions so we need to be more than just figure heads in our agencies and build trust and respect by knowing our people and having them know us.