The Birth and Death of Your Legacy

A conversation with a friend went like this:

"Josh, I just wish my team would produce better. Work better together."

I replied, "Are you finding the areas where they shine? Are you refining the raw talent you see in them?"

He then said, "Not really...because then they'd be better than me" and then proceeded to chuckle.

When I asked him if he was serious, he went a white in the face. 

I see it far too often; the leaders who are actually afraid of completing the transformation in others from First Mate to Captain because of their own ego. They fear that what they are and who they leave behind won't shine if those around them are better then themselves. I don't know about you, but in my book, a good leader develops better leaders than the leader leading them. 

Holding back your teams ability in fear of them becoming better than you is like giving birth to a child who's hands are tied behind their back. Too often, I come across leaders who see a vast amount of raw talent within their teammates, and they never fully develop that person in fear that they might actually become better than the person leading the team.

Holding back your teams ability in fear of them becoming better than you is like giving birth to a child who's hands are tied behind their back. 

This ego that leaders feel about controlling the growth in their teammates stems to their fear of not leaving a legacy; both in the present and in the future. And too often, leaders birth their ego, but they never let it die. To completely develop those around you, the monster that is your ego must die.

The problem here is that most legacies are selfish. They are controlled by one persons achievements. A personal legacy is like a tree that doesn't bear any fruit; even though it might be a mighty oak tree, it will die with no seeds to produce a grand forest. Your legacy should be one that grows those around you for generations to come, not just your name for 2 years after you are dead.

A personal legacy is like a tree that doesn't bear any fruit; even though it might be a mighty oak tree, it will die with no seeds to produce a grand forest.

Today, I want to challenge you to break the mirror in front of you, and see those in front of it. When you are long gone from this earth, those who you grow will invest the knowledge you have invested in them to their teammates. That is a legacy that will spread like wildfire. 

Your ceiling is the next generation’s floor.

Build well.