Saturday, January 25, 2014
-->This involves the lasting impact you have on the people in your command. In this respect, your legacy “can be seen in the thoughts and actions of the people who have worked with or for you long after your tour has ended.
We define this type of legacy as “the sum total of the difference you make in people’s lives, directly and indirectly, formally and informally.” In other words, when you turn over command to your relief, what attitudes or ways of thinking have you instilled into the command that will continue after you are gone?
The fact that your command earned an “outstanding” on an inspection is not a legacy; a legacy is the commitment to excellence and attention to detail you developed in the command. It's the pride of ownership you have instilled in your Sailors and the skills they take with them to improve things at their next command.