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I almost stumbled over the guy in a black business suit who was down on his hands and knees on the concrete of the immense plaza, the tip of his necktie dragging along the ground.
In less than 24 hours, the citizens of Toronto had turned the square into a ten-acre impromptu memorial in chalk. All of the horizontal surfaces were already filled, so people wrote on pillars, statues, and benches.
I watched as three men stacked a picnic table on end to reach unmarked space Leadership legacy a wall. A mother rocked her baby stroller as she wrote. There were many sketches of bicycles Layton was an advocate of bike paths, and reportedly rode his bike to work as well as drawings of his iconic moustache.
Messages in English, French, Chinese, and Arabic competed for space. There were several chalked images of Canadian flags, and a stylized maple leaf with angel wings. It was impressive and unforgettable. I knew nothing about Jack Layton, but it was obvious to me that his work in life led to this powerful legacy in after his death.
After witnessing the outpouring of memories at Phillips Square, I am starting to get depressed about my own leadership legacy. Have you spent much time thinking about your own leadership legacy? What have you accomplished?
Whom did you help? What did you leave behind for others?
If you are not thinking in these terms, you are making a mistake as a leader. Galford and Regina Fazio Maruca, authors of Your Leadership Legacy argue that our leadership legacy is something that we should be thinking about right now.
The idea is to use legacy thinking as an influence on your daily behaviors.
I suspect that there is an inverse relationship between the time you sit in front of your computer and the impact of your legacy. Think about how much time you spend writing emails and tweaking PowerPoint presentations.
And many of us spend a LOT of time at our computer. My guess is Jack Layton did not. Later the next evening when I made my way back across Phillips Square, the scene had changed.
A hard all-day rain had washed away every single chalk tribute. Craig Chappelow is a senior faculty member at the Center for Creative Leadershipa top-ranked, global provider of leadership education and research. For more leadership coverage, follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.Leadership to Legacy is a conference for medical professionals and students in Chiropractic, Applied Kinesiology, etc.
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