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Chapter 1. questions leaders need to ask... > What do you want to be remembered fo...

3. What do you want to be remembered for?

When my daughter, Miriam, went to college in Milwaukee, she worked at a bakery. Vann's Pastry Shop was legendary for its specialty cakes, Danish pastries, and bread. When Mr. Vann died, his obituary in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel started with the following: "Calling Bob Vann a baker would be like calling Frank Lloyd Wright an architect." When you die and someone puts their fingers on a keyboard, ready to write about you as a leader, what do you hope they'll type?

There is a philosophy that says you should always start with the end in mind. An obituary is definitely an end, and I'm certainly not suggesting that it's the end you need to have in mind in order to answer this question. But what about asking yourself, "When I move to another position, what do I want my team to say about me as a leader? What do I want to be remembered for?"


  

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