What Kind of Leader Leaves a Legacy? – Part 3

Following the Leader

I’m writing a book and would love to hear your feedback.  Please reply by sending your brief comments or quotes to my blog in response to my question “What kind of leader leaves a legacy?”  I will first notify you and be sure to give you the credit if your comments are used.  Be sure to send your full name.  I look forward to hearing them!

The attached picture was taken when I was on my way to lunch one day with a friend, and there happened to be a family of ducks in the parking lot of our company. We believe that they were trying to find their way to a pond of water.  So we decided that we would help ensure that they waddled safely through our busy parking lot to their destination.  

Well despite our efforts to guide them, the baby ducks continued to follow their mother although she was way ahead of them.  It seemed as if we did not exist to them and she was the only leader that they would follow.  She never slowed down to help them, but allowed them to find their own way.  At first, we thought that was a bit harsh and were doing our best to protect them from moving vehicles.  

However, we later realized that her true intent was to teach them survival skills at a very young age.  They were learning to maneuver through and overcome various obstacles on their perilous journey.  And in the end, they all made it safely across the parking lot.  The entire family waited as they each arrived one by one.  Some moved faster than others but we could see that in their own language they were rooting each other on while the mother duck watched proudly as they approached.  

We ended up spending most of our lunch hour watching the whole story unfold.  It was really great to see leadership in action as well as the lessons each one of them learned along the way.


2 thoughts on “What Kind of Leader Leaves a Legacy? – Part 3

  1. Hello Jeanette,

    It’s great to know that you are writing a book about the meaning behind legacy. This is a topic that I frequently speak on to my business partners, community engagements and most importantly to my children.

    To answer, I believe that the strongest leaders are those who reflect pure selflessness within their leadership attributes and leaves a legacy that is not only encompasses that of monetary assets or financial wealth, but sentimental virtues of guidance to a younger generation and leaves a manuscript of sorts. One who is able to clearly explain their knowledge, educational values and importance of history which enabled them to practice and nearly perfect a path to success for not only themselves, but for their heirs and those closest to them so that they too can replicate the characteristics that developed them into the leader they are and will be remembered as such.

    That’s a mouthful, but I a passionate about this topic.

    Good luck with the book and I look forward to visiting your blog. (Smile)

    My very best,
    Nerissa S.

    • Great feedback Nerissa! I agree wholeheartedly that a financial legacy is not the most important to leave especially because finances can be acquired through hard work. But when you meet someone that has benefited from a financial legacy, and can yet see that they are a person of integrity and selflessness, now that is a priceless moment. You know at that point that they’re someone from which you can glean.

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