Advice to Leaders: Leave Your Legacy Now!

RALEIGH, N.C. — “Leaders have been conditioned to think about the future. But in doing so, they have forgotten about the present. And the present is how they create their legacy,” says Shane Yount, author of Leaving Your Leadership Legacy: A Tale of Today’s Leadership for Tomorrow (Oaklea Press, 2007).

Yount, who will speak at the 59th Annual Conference and Exposition of the Society for Human Resource Managers (SHRM) in Las Vegas, June 24 – 27, says, “In the scheme of managing our time, dwelling on our own legacy is usually tagged as a low priority — an exercise in fantasy or daydreaming — since so many other activities urgently demand our attention.

“But, this type of leadership thinking is flawed. That is because each of us is leaving a leadership legacy today — at this very moment.”

Yount’s new book, Leaving Your Leadership Legacy, explains the differences between managing by the 3 P’s (proximity, persuasion, and position) and the 3 C’s (clarity, consistency, and connectivity). “3 P leaders manage with a focus on the individual. That’s a fatal flaw,” he says. “3 C leaders, on the other hand, manage by weaving personal leadership traits within the process of managing the business. That type of leadership leaves a legacy of sustained growth.”

In Leaving Your Leadership Legacy, Yount and his co-authors, Anna Ver Steeg, Debra Boggan, John Pyecha, and Linda Segall, guide readers in discovering how they can leave their own legacy within their organization. The book is written as a business novel, with each chapter of the protagonist’s journey explained more fully in a lesson. Readers are then invited to assess their own legacy potential by completing a self-assessment at the end of each chapter.

“Our aim is to help everyone leave their own legacy,” says Yount. “It’s doable. And it is gratifying.”

Leaving Your Leadership Legacy is available from Oaklea Press ( or from the CSI website at


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