“If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, then you are an excellent leader.”
~Dolly Parton

Every now and then, a client will talk about their legacy. About how they want to make certain they’ve left their organization, their employees, their team – sometimes even the world – a better place.

I can think of no better legacy than inspiring others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more.

When we teach Thoughtful Leadership, we encourage clients to be even more present, intentional, and authentic. To truly be with the people they’re with, to assume good intentions and set good intentions, and to truly be themselves. All of themselves – the good and the “less good.”

Showing up in these ways is often all too rare, and it, therefore, often can inspire others.

When I hope to offer inspiration, I’m more likely to pause before I react. I’m more likely to assume good intentions from others. I’m more likely to be my best self and to come more from love and opportunity than from fear and scarcity.

Just stopping long enough to remind myself that I want to be that kind of a leader helps me remember to act like that kind of a leader. My clients tell me that the same works for them. When they stop long enough to think through what would cause those around them to dream, learn, do, and become more, they get more inspired. And more inspiring.

It really can be that simple.

What legacy do you want to leave?
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