Every leader leaves a legacy, which is the aggregate of the story he or she told over time. – Disney Institute
What do you want to be remembered for? How do you want your co-workers and friends to remember you?
The education community in Ohio recently lost a giant. Don Scriven served many schools in our area as legal counsel for decades. Mr. Scriven has left a lasting legacy through his character, authentic love for public education, and respect for others. His quick wit and one-liners are legendary. Don’s legacy will forever be his integrity, intellect, and authenticity. As a rookie superintendent, over 15 years ago, Don said to me in a matter-of-fact conversation, “The more you try to play lawyer, the more money you need to pay me to clean-up your mistakes. Why don’t you just leave lawyering to the professionals?” I have never forgotten those words.
Leaving a legacy isn’t about the things we create; leaving a legacy is about how people remember our character and our behavior.
Each and every day, lead with character and purpose. Create your legacy based on who you are, not the things you leave behind.