“The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men, the conviction and the will to carry on.” Walter Lippman
We have discussed the importance of legacy in previous posts. However, this quote has a small twist worth our consideration.
First, consider the importance of leaving others with a conviction. The thrust of being able to do so depends on the convictions of our own life and how those convictions are seen by others. The task is nearly insurmountable to leave others with a conviction we are not consumed with ourselves.
Second, consider the necessity of leaving others with the will to carry on. Followers often remain true to the conviction of their leader, but only as long as the leader carries the torch. This was the case with Joshua in the Old Testament. We must learn how to instill in others the desire to continue carrying on the conviction that drives our purpose.
This test is one that will not be easily passed, but when we do, the result ensures the success of our efforts as spiritual leaders for the cause of Christ.