As a leader, leaving a great legacy is arguably the most powerful thing you can do in your career and life because it enables you to have influence well into the future — even after you are out of the picture. These strategies, based on more than a decade of research, can help you keep legacy-building in mind — and leverage those thoughts to maximise your effect on the world. • Think about what the previous generation did for you: recall your predecessors and how their actions affected you. What resources did they leave behind for you and your contemporaries? How did they change the organisation to provide you with opportunities? How did they shape your organisation’s culture? You can pay it forward by behaving similarly to the next generation of organisational actors. • Focus on the burdens rather than the benefits: people are more concerned with avoiding leaving a negative legacy than with creating a positive one. Highlighting the burdensome aspects of long-range decisions can hel...

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