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Volume II, Issue 1-- January 2005

In This Issue

Feature Article  |  Resources  |  Fast Facts 
  Survey  |  What's New  |  About Regina

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Feature Article - Your Leadership Legacy

The New Year is upon us and like most smart business people, you are probably taking inventory and making plans for the coming year. Most of these actions focus on external items, like deciding on how many widgets you are going to make and sell, or how many new clients you hope to acquire by the end of the first quarter. While this type of inventory and planning is necessary, it is important as a business leader that you take time to inventory and plan for your own development as a leader, and this involves both reflection and introspection.

A good place to start is simply by asking yourself the question: what do you want people to say about your impact as a leader 10, 20 or 30 years from now? Or what would you like your leadership legacy to be? Even better: write down your responses to both of these questions. What comes out on paper may surprise you.

Cartoonist Johnny Hart once noted that a legacy is "something that one should be able to hand down, without having to trump up." It is not a strategic plan that can be nicely quantified and measured. Rather, it is the sum of all of the outcomes resulting from our behavior that others continue to remember about us. That's the key here - it's what others continue to remember about us, not how we remember ourselves. Put another way, it is the cumulative record of how others think we measure up to the person that we had intended to be or that they expect us to be.

Take a moment to think of some of the current or former public or corporate leaders that have been in the news during the past year: The Apprentice's, Donald Trump; The Oprah Winfrey Show's, Oprah Winfrey; South Dakota's former Senator, Tom Daschle; LA Laker's Guard, Kobe Bryant; Martha Stewart Omnimedia, Martha Stewart; Secretary of State, Condolezzaa Rice; and U.S. President, George W. Bush. For most of us, it is probably very easy to articulate their leadership legacy - the good, the bad, and the ugly.

So, what can you do as a leader to ensure that your legacy is the one that you want to be remembered for? First, successful leaders have a strong sense of their personal values beyond their business values. They have a personal mission and vision for their life as well as their business. And, as you probably guessed, the most successful leaders are those who have found a way to combine the two proactively.

Second, successful leaders have passion. Find what you are passionate about in life and then find a way to incorporate this into your life in some way every single day. To me, passion can be defined as the current that propels us forward to fulfill a purpose or a goal. It is often the source of the creativity, energy, rejuvenation, and inspiration, that all leaders rely on everyday in order to be effective. For me, that passion revolves around helping others be successful leaders.

And finally, successful leaders take time every day for personal reflection and renewal. Reflection is critical because self-reflection is the greatest source that we have for tapping into our own self-knowledge. And, it is by tapping into our own self-knowledge that we grow both personally and professionally, helping us to become the authentic leaders we hope to be.

If you hope to obtain greater self-knowledge, the only way to do that is to find time for silence. In today's 24/7 media-bombarded world, there are fewer and fewer opportunities that present themselves naturally for reflection. That's why it is critical that you schedule time for reflection as frequently as you can. Daily would be best but weekly and monthly can work too.

You don't always have control about what people will remember as your leadership legacy. However, there are things that you can do to ensure that you are remembered the way you want to be remembered. Identifying what you would like your leadership legacy to be is a good first step. Combine that with a strong sense of your personal values and your passion, and, take time for personal reflection and renewal, and you will be well on your way to achieving a lasting legacy that you can be proud of.

Copyright 2005 Regina Barr, Red Ladder, Inc.


Click here to access a series of articles on the topic of Leadership Legacy:

Your Leadership Legacy: The Difference You Make in People's Lives, by Ken Blanchard. This book shows how to ensure that the legacy you leave behind is positive and transforming. You may also subscribe to Ken Blanchard's Newsletter on Leadership Legacy by clicking here:

Fast Facts

December Survey Results - Goals/Leadership Legacy

Only 25% of respondents AGREE that they have a clear picture of what their life would look like when/if they accomplish all their goals.

75% of respondents DISAGREE that they write out a list of goals every month that they want to accomplish for that particular time period.

75% of respondents DISAGREE that their goals tend to be more general than specific.

50% of respondents AGREE that they often overwhelm themselves with goals that are just not attainable in the time or manner they choose to accomplish them.

50% of respondents AGREE that their goals are usually attainable, which they do purposely, that way when they reach one goal, they can strive for the next step of the ultimate goal.

100% of respondents DISAGREE that setting goals seems too structured, that they like to live for the moment and work hard while in the moment.

50% of respondents AGREE that when they set a goal and don't achieve it they tend to get down on themselves.

75% of respondents AGREE that when they set a goal and don't achieve it they shake the dust off and prioritize for the next step.


Each month we will be asking for your input on a short survey. This month our survey is on how to incorporate passion into your job or life.

What's New

Interested in hearing Regina speak? Here are some upcoming programs that are open to the public:

March 29, 2005, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m., AIM to Succeed Tele-seminar, Topic: Pricing ABCs and 123s.

April 30, 2005, 10:30 - 11:15 a.m. and 1:30 - 2:45 p.m., Power of I Conference, Topic: Inflate Your Success, Bloomington, MN.

Contact us at for information on how to register.

About Regina
Regina Barr, President of Red Ladder, Inc., holds a BBA in finance/management and an MBA in management/ marketing. An advocate of lifelong learning, she is currently enrolled in the Master of Arts in Human Development at St. Mary's University in Minneapolis, MN. Her focus: leadership and issues facing women in business. Regina has over fourteen years in the financial services industry where she has a broad range of leadership experience in product, sales, and marketing.
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