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You can decide how you want to make an impact and what you want people to experience when they spend time with you. That is your legacy.
[00:00:00] Julie Bee: On this episode, I share my 2 cents on leaving a legacy as leaders. I’m Julie B and they don’t teach this In business school
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[00:00:27] Julie Bee: Hey there. This is Julie B and you’re listening to, they Don’t Teach This In Business School. I’m so glad to have you with me today. Before you forget, please make sure you subscribe to this podcast. Thanks in advance. Several weeks ago, I posted a sentence on Twitter that sparked some conversations I wrote.
We don’t define our legacies. Those we lead and have an impact on. Do I firmly believe that our legacies are not [00:01:00] defined by what we say they are. They are defined by those we make an impact on throughout our lifetime. Now we can certainly define what we want our legacies to be, and then take actions to help make that legacy a reality.
However, after we retire, after we die, our legacies are defined by others. What we taught them while we were present, what we continue to teach them after we’re. I had some people email me and say they believe we do define our legacies, and that’s cool. I can agree to disagree. I personally don’t think you can tell anyone.
Here’s what I want you to think. My legacy is after I’m gone and expect them to remember you. That way, their time with you, their experiences with you and what they learned from you will form your legacy to. You can decide [00:02:00] how you want to make an impact and what you want people to experience when they spend time with you.
But those individuals are going to form their own opinions using their own words, and you won’t be there to correct it. So if you want to leave a certain legacy, go ahead and define it for yourself and identify how you will go about achieving that legacy. Legacy is defined by impact and your reputation, and that’s not something you can dictate.
All you can do is act in ways that support the legacy you hope to leave. As leaders, we don’t define our legacy. The people we impact and lead do. I’m Julie B and they don’t teach this in business school.
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