Footprints – the amount of space that is covered on a surface by something; a marked effect, impression, or impact; something that identifies.

In nature, animals leave an unmistakable print or spoor that not only identify them, but it also confirms their presence. It further reveals valuable detail about the animal and indicates the urgency and direction the animal is moving.

It is surprising how little time we spend thinking about the footprints we leave.

Our footprints also authenticate who we are. They speak about our presence, our conduct, character, and direction, very much like those in nature. The only real difference is that spoor only lasts for as long as nature allows, and a shower of rain can wipe out all evidence or proof of the existence of that animal. Our footprints should last longer. As parents or leaders – at any level – we will over time leave some sort of footprint in the sand. Our footprint is slowly and gradually shaped over time by the trails of results and improvements that we leave behind. We determine what we build, how we build, how we grow, and how we are remembered.

Our footprints reflect our contribution to life, our family, and the organisation we serve. It reflects what we will be remembered for even when we are no longer in a specific role or have passed on.

The Footprints leadership experience is a unique leadership workshop that runs over 2 half-day sessions, three-six months apart. It allows leaders the opportunity to reflect and define how they wish to be remembered both personally and professionally. It is a process that will enrich and reveal to delegates what their life is about, their priorities, and possible actions to live a greater life of meaning and purpose. We have no doubt that this should be the starting point of any leadership development programme. Helping leaders to discover purpose is more important than helping them discover their dream or vision.

Leaders who attend will stop and ask:

  1. What footprint am I leaving behind?
  2. How do others benefit from my footprint?
  3. Am I proud of my contribution and legacy?
  4. How can I intentionally build a legacy of meaning?

“Creating a leadership legacy is not leaving something for people.                                                  It’s leaving something in people”

Try not to become a man of success — but rather a man of value.” — Albert Einstein

“You can’t make footprints in the sands of time by sitting on your butt. And who wants to leave buttprints in the sands of time?” — Bob Moawad

Your uniqueness is your best legacy. Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner remind us in A Leader’s Legacy: “By asking ourselves how we want to be remembered, we plant the seeds for living our lives as if we matter.