Recently there has been planning going for the new Rotary year that begins in July. I will be President-Elect and I have been contacting folks to work with the Program Committee and on making proposed changes to the Club’s bylaws. I have been giving some thought to the planning process and leadership succession.
Jackie Robinson observed, “A life isn’t significant except for its impact on other lives.” I believe that a leader’s lasting value is measured by succession. Eventually someone else will do what the leader is doing right now.
Someday people will summarize your life in a single sentence. I believe that to have any credibility as a leader, you must live what you say you believe. Too often leaders put their energy into organizations, buildings or other lifeless objects. But only people live on after we are gone. We will be judged by how well the people we invested in carried on after we are gone.