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Monica Wofford, CSP, is a professional speaker and CEO of Contagious Companies, a training and consulting firm that develops better leaders and trains managers how to become better leaders. This picture was taken in 2007 with Joan Rivers at a Girl Scouts Women of Distinction Dinner.

When around Joan Rivers, important is how she made you feel, but it wasn’t because she was famous, but rather because she was real.

It’s not your list they’ll miss. In the wake of celebrities we loved leaving us too soon today’s Monday Moment is about what you will leave behind as a leader.

How You Make Them Feel

While she was brash and bold and spoke her mind, when I met Joan Rivers at a Girl Scout dinner, her demeanor in private was quite different. She treated people with a kindness you could feel. She was not only funny, but real. How do you make others feel? Are you aware and are you real? Leaving a legacy doesn’t happen on paper, but is about that moment in time when you showed that your heart wouldn’t fit in the size of an acre.

The Marks that Matter

No one remembers your grades or awards. What they’ll remember when your gone are the marks you made on THEIR story. Was yours the movie that made them laugh like Robin Williams? Is your mark the career you helped them build? Few of us will leave indelible marks in the form of a movie, scientific contribution or worldwide fashion critique like the celebrities we’ve lost, but all of us make an impact on perhaps a smaller audience of others. What is yours? Are the marks you’re making those that matter?

Look at your list today as you lead others through their tasks and the workday. Is what’s on it, what legacies are made of? Are you creating moments and memories that will last or mundane things that will just fill the bucket marked “past”? Consider your actions and with whom they are shared. Consider your impressions and the marks left behind. Once the music stops playing in this case, there simply is no way to hit rewind.

I’m Monica Wofford and that’s your Monday Moment. Have a great week, an even better Monday, and of course, stay contagious!

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