Last week, Coach Dave Belisle of the Cumberland American Little Leaguers gave his team an unforgettable speech after they had been eliminated from the 2014 Little League World Series. If you didn’t see it, I highly recommend watching below. It’s a powerful, real-life example of one of the leadership principles we teach at Disney Institute: Every leader leaves a legacy.
Even in defeat, Coach Belisle displayed extraordinary leadership skills and inspired his team by painting an optimistic vision of the future – giving the players a sense of pride and accomplishment, even during what was no doubt a heartbreaking moment in their young lives.
Thank you Coach Belisle for inspiring all of us!
One thing we can all learn from this is to consider what do we want our own personal leadership legacy to be? After all, it is never too early to start proactively thinking about what our own team, co-workers, clients or customers will think about us and say about us after we have changed positions or left the organization.
When thinking about your leadership legacy, consider what you will want to be remembered for. Will it be the results and successes you achieved, or will it be how you treated others fairly and inspired them? Most importantly, don’t forget that although your legacy will be remembered later, it is being written now.
Creating and communicating a leadership legacy is a critical skill that all leaders should master. If you’d like to learn our approach, consider enrolling in our Disney’s Approach to Leadership Excellence professional development training course. And, for more reading on this topic, see:
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