How Will You Be Remembered As A Leader?

As a leader, you likely have asked yourself, "How do I want to be remembered as a leader?"

But, perhaps the more important question is, "How will I be remembered as a leader?"  The answer to that question is likely going to be based on the valuable lessons you shared with those you led.

The Kansas City Star newspaper recently featured a story about Marion Laboratories and its 60th anniversary.  In its heyday, Marion had 3,400 employees with sales of nearly $1 billion and in 1989 merged with Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals. 

Mr. Ewing Kauffman, fondly known as Mr. K, led Marion during its peak, and is remembered as one of the most effective, influential leaders ever in the Kansas City area.

Former employees quoted in the newspaper article remember Mr. Kauffman as a leader who shared these lessons with them:

  • "You can do anything you want if you set your mind to it and if you study your competition."
  • "You can't be afraid of trying something"
  • "Treat people the way you want to be treated."
  • "Those that produce should share in the profits."
  • "It doesn't really matter if you have all the money in the world because you can only eat so much lobster and drink so much champagne.  But what you cannot do is get back the day you just lived. So celebrate every day, live life to the fullest, and be thankful for those with whom you work and love."
What lessons will you leave behind?  Will the way you be remembered match the way you want to be remembered as a leader?

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