The Gift of Leadership and
By Vanessa Golson,
Today’s world, with
its varying aspects of diversity, seems to be lacking in the transfer of the
endowment of leadership and legacy. Leadership is shown in the influential
ways that a leader has and shares when nurturing untapped skills and
abilities, in directing others towards accomplishing goals and for assisting
in establishing high standards. Basically, guiding others to their full
The foundation of leadership is set in attributes such as beliefs, values,
ethical standards, character and selflessness, trust, confidence,
commitment, integrity, respect and assertiveness. Also, as stabilizing
factors is enthusiasm, willingness to admit mistakes, being inclined towards
open communication and the ability to voice and execute the vision.
The power of leadership can be determined by a leader continuing to pursue
his or her education and training, then caring enough to disclose the
experiences. Excellence in leadership is acquired by leaders who possess a
strong sense of vision, passion, is able to encourage others to 100%
commitment and to implement the necessary action to shift the vision into
the realm of reality.
Everyday, our decisions and actions become the calculated sum that may
determine the legacy left to family, community and those we encounter on the
intersecting paths of life’s journey.
In Webster’s dictionary, legacy is defined as: a particular thing or
certain sum of money given by last will or testament; anything handed down
by an ancestor or predecessor. Thus, we all bequeath special contributions
and gifts. Some being beautifully wrapped, some tattered around the edges.
What influential items are you placing in your gift box? Is there love,
honor, respect for self and others, acceptance, high expectation towards
better, encouragement, spiritual guidance? Is it a gift worthy of
remembrance and to be treasured forever? Is it about the money, homes, cars,
jewels, private collections? Or is it about the emotional and spiritual
strength that is imparted from one to another in words spoken, the truth in
a touch or honesty of the heart?
Neither leadership nor legacy is taught from the structure of a course
syllabus or pages of printed text. Both are learned by observation, set
example and the desire to honor others through giving. The transfer comes
from leaders who have allowed the struggles and sacrifices of life to
elevate them to a place and position of courage, dedication, enrichment,
profound influence and willingness to reach down; to raise up many, one by
one, to a higher place of purposed readiness, to receive the essential
transfer of the endowment of the gift of leadership and legacy.
True reflection will allow you to take inventory of what’s in your gift
box. What’s valuable to you? How are you affecting the lives of others?
Will your life’s endowment be complete with valuable keepsakes that will be
transferable and strengthen the lives of others?
~Vanessa Golson, Ph.D.; noted author and
freelance writer in Norfolk, VA.