Books: June 25, 2013

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The Conviction to Lead by Al Mohler

Chapter 25, “The Leader’s Legacy” 

  • The leader unconcerned about leaving a legacy is a leader who will leave the job undone.
  • Without a legacy, our lives and leadership amount to little more than holding patterns in a world of decay.
  • The convictional leader strives to the end to see fundamental beliefs taken up by others, who will then join the mission that grows out of those convictions.
  • Clearly, the leader’s first task is to make certain that the organization’s core commitments and convictions are shared by those who will hire the new leader.  
  • Second, the leader bears the responsibility of building a leadership team of outstanding individuals who fully share the leader’s convictions and vision.
  • Third, the leader must communicate these convictions to the organization’s various constituencies, laying a solid foundation for a healthy succession.
  • Fourth, the leader should strive to drive the convictions and beliefs so deeply into the culture and ethos of the organization that alteration or abandonment is seen as betrayal.  
  • Fifth, this means that every hiring decision is a legacy decision.
  • Leadership success is excruciatingly difficult because leadership, by its very nature, is so personal.  I will not be succeeded by myself.  
  • When my tenure of leadership is over, my responsibility will be to get out of the way and to celebrate the new vision, strategies, priorities, and plans my successor will develop.  I will have to understand that my opportunity for establishing those realities is over.
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