Success is defined by each of us in
different ways. It should be a very personal definition, not shaped
by others' opinions, the media or society. It should include components
of faith, family and helping those around us. Success should be viewed as
a journey and not a specific destination. It likely changes over time and
with age It does not have to include financial or materialistic goals,
although it may. Success is simply a recipe for contentment. What
is your definition of success? Below are a few good keys in my mind...
What do people say about you when
you leave? I don’t mean when you leave
the table or a meeting. People talking
behind your back is not what I am getting at either. What do people say when they are no longer
around you on a regular basis? How do
they talk about you when you move out of a community? What is said about you when you leave a
job? How are you thought of by someone
when they leave your company or neighborhood and no longer get to interact with
you regularly? What do people say when
you roll off of a Board of Directors?
The answer to those questions is
the true measurement of your influence and your impact.
Currently I serve as Chairman of the
Board of Leadership Montgomery County (LMC).
It is an organization dedicated to developing leaders in our community
and it holds a special place in my heart.
One of the core values of LMC is “We Leave Our Mark.” We challenge ourselves and others to make a
lasting impression. We should all leave
our mark. The answers to the above
questions are your report card. How will
people remember you when you leave?
True leadership is about
influence.It is not about titles or
positions. True leadership is the ability to influence others in a positive way
and towards a common goal. It is not magic and usually does not happen
naturally.It requires deliberate and
intentional behaviors and practices.Influential people move through life with a purpose.They are constantly aware of how their
actions and behaviors influence others.Great leaders look for way to intentionally use their influence to help
Do you use your influence
Note:The MMM actually began in 2004.Thanks for all our diligent followers who
pointed out the 2014 typo last week.