In Garth Brooks song, “If Tomorrow Never Comes” he says, “Tell that someone that you love, just what your thinking of, if tomorrow never comes.”
This is something that I have been thinking about a lot recently, both personally and professionally.
What if your business plans had to take an unexpected turn?
What if people that you expected to see each day, were no longer there?
What if skills you took for granted today, did not exist tomorrow?
Is the future of those around you secure? Have you made sure that those that need to have the answers, actually have them?
I know I have asked a lot of questions, however, are you setting your legacy up properly?
I had the privilege of having a phenomenal leader work with me several years ago who made sure her legacy was a positive one. She worked hard for her team on a daily basis. I asked her one time why she put so much effort into what she did. She replied that at the end of the day, it did not matter what she personally accomplished, but rather that when someone uttered her name many years in the future, that there would be positive thoughts associated with her name. I can say that all who came in contact with her had both personal and professional respect for her.
Recently there have been several people who I knew personally and professionally that have passed away. I regret that I did not get to know them better than what I did, because they truly left a positive legacy associated with their name.
As a leader, how are you going to be remembered? Are your employees going to remember you as someone you genuinely cared about them, or someone that was more focused on achieving a number? Make sure you have proper lines of communication in place to so that your organization can continue in your absence, or the absence of others.
Take time tonight, tomorrow, this week, next week, and as often as you can and tell people around you that you truly care about them. I guarantee that it will have as much an uplifting effect on you, as it will on others.