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A simple leadership model: Legacy Leadership

The ability to describe leadership in a simple way is a challenge. Let’s face it, effective leadership is a result of a combination of many different qualities and competencies. One person’s recipe for effective leadership isn’t necessarily another’s. After completing my masters in leadership and other studies I still struggled to explain leadership in a way that was simple. Because of this, I was genuinely excited to happen across the Legacy Leadership Model developed by Dr. Lee Smith and Dr. Jeannine Sandstrom because it encompasses all of the important leadership qualities and competencies I’ve learned through my studies and personal experience. It is a framework that is simple to understand. The 5 Best Practices within the model embody the importance of vision and accountability, how to recognize the importance of relationships and inspiration, how to develop leadership actions for fostering collaboration, and how to maximize the talents of diverse perspectives and strengths. We are using the model as a foundation for our leadership training at First. If you want more information about the Legacy Leadership model and associated 360 assessment, let me know. It’s a great model/tool for supporting the leadership development of others with a coach approach.



The following is excerpted from the Legacy Leadership® Reference Guide:

The 5 Best Practices™ of Legacy Leadership®

Legacy Leaders are Holders of Vision and Values
They are clear on their personal vision and values and measure all ideas, decisions, commitments and actions against the vision and values template. As “Holders” of the vision and values they provide consistent focus and direction for themselves and their teams as well as their organizations.

Legacy Leaders are Creators of Collaborative InnovationThey establish environments that facilitate discovery of possibilities beyond conventional wisdom that taps the unique genius/gifts of all involved.

Legacy Leaders are Influencers of Inspirational LeadershipThese are leaders who know themselves well and model constant change and growth. In so doing, they are trailblazers for others to follow. They are highly invested in having others outpace them to lead the way for yet another generation.

Legacy Leaders are Advocators of Differences
They recognize and draw together individuals who contribute diverse perspectives for a greater good. Legacy Leaders® practice inclusion. This leader models the endorsement of diverse points of view and leverages such differences into a value added for all.

Legacy Leaders are Calibrators of Accountabilities
They can be counted on unconditionally and hold others to the same standard. Everyone is held accountable, no exceptions. Legacy Leaders® measure all actions against the strategic commitments to stakeholders.

Based on:
LEGACY LEADERSHIP: The Leader’s Guide to Lasting Greatness
Jeannine Sandstrom (Author), Lee Smith (Author)

Sandra McDowell, MA, PCC
website: http://www.sandramcdowell.com

Author Sandra McDowell is a Certified Executive Coach with a Masters in Leadership and a Certificate in NeuroLeadership, and Vice-President Communications & Culture for First Credit Union & Insurance.

3 Responses to “A simple leadership model: Legacy Leadership”

  1. Shawn Good

    Hi Sandra, thanks for the article – its a timely read for me as we are on a journey of defining what leadership looks like in our organization. I too am a life-long student of leadership and believe it is the key, the secret to unleashing greatness in organizations, teams, communities, and individuals.

  2. Alison

    Hello Sandra, I really enjoyed the article. I am working on enhancing Employee Engagement in a community based organization at a critical time in the life cycle. Succession from a founder and protecting the legacy.


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