My son’s school celebrated Heritage Day last month and all the students had to wear clothes that represented their culture. In the week leading up to that day, we spoke regularly about where we come from, who our grandparents are, where we’ve lived, what we like to do as a family that might be called traditions. In our house, this makes for fascinating conversation because in the first place (and our friends remind us of this regularly) we are a rather unusual family, and in the second place, our son is adopted. So, not unique to him, he combines four lineages from four parents and tries to take the best from each.

Around the same time, AdminAssist was featured in the Oct issue of the Fairlady magazine in an article they ran about outsourcing. The reaction from the team, our clients, our friends, family, etc led me to continue my reflection on legacy: What are we portraying? What are we imparting? What are we building that will outlive us?

It was Nelson Henderson who said, “The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.” And how that impacts the way we look at our day-to-day actions and even at how we plan for our future.

Can you name a person who has had a tremendous impact on you as a leader? I suspect there has probably been more than one such an individual. Why not let them know about it in a short phone call or email?

Have you had a mentor? Have you ever considered being a mentor? Offering to guide someone through business or life stages is not the egotistical stance you might think it is. It is a steep responsibility, will be quite humbling and you also will learn along the way because teaching is the final stage of learning….

Think about the impact the leaders and mentors you just recalled has had on your life. Wouldn’t you like to do the same for someone else?

As we enter the final part of the year as well as the final parts of this decade, may you take a moment to look back on what you’re building that will outlive you. Be grateful for the people who have helped to build thus far, value those building next to you right now and start thinking about who you will teach to continue building the future.

Written by Lourita Stofberg