Leaving a Legacy Versus Being a Legacy
This week, I was briefing the
I knew of him over the years and was very familiar with his achievements. What I didn’t know and learned this week, was a bit more about his legacy. His leadership and insight helped shape the current role of the Federal CIO. He shared the story of his first day as a civil servant, starting off as a GS-5 Clerk. I imagined him walking into a
I was reminded of some thoughts offered by John C. Maxwell in his “21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership”. The Law of Legacy, law number 21, was, as he noted, one of the most important laws of leadership. However, it is one of the laws that fewest leaders seem to learn. He goes on to say,
“Achievement comes to someone when he is able to do great things for himself. Success comes when he empowers followers to do great things with him. But a legacy is created only when a person puts his organization into the position to do great things without him.”
Being a CIO these days is no doubt a tough gig. But, the lasting value of a CIO will not be in what she achieves, but in what she leaves behind.