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How well have you defined your personal leadership agenda and legacy?

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SmartPulse — our weekly nonscientific reader poll in SmartBrief on Leadership — tracks feedback from more than 190,000 business leaders. We run the poll question each week in our e-newsletter.

Last week, we asked: How well have you defined your personal leadership agenda and legacy?

  • Very well — I know exactly what I’m trying to build: 46.79%
  • OK — I sort of know what I want my agenda/legacy to be: 36.43%
  • Not well — I haven’t really thought about it at all: 16.79%

What’s your legacy? Leaving a leadership legacy is clearly important to many of you.┬áThe more deliberate you are in defining your leadership legacy, the more likely you are to leave one you’re proud of. Legacies are a function of how much impact you have, times the breadth of that impact, times the duration of that impact, times how many people can build on top of it. It’s a cumulative process.┬áStart defining your legacy now so you can be satisfied with it once you’ve built it.

Mike Figliuolo is managing director of thoughtLEADERS and author of “One Piece of Paper: The Simple Approach to Powerful, Personal Leadership.”