Robert Galford

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Robert Galford

If you jumped ship or disappeared today, what would you leave behind? Whatever your answer to that question, Robert Galford will teach you how to make it better. This intrepid figure has spent his time creating current business leaders by guiding them through the process of aligning intended legacies as closely with their natural styles as possible. Galford will go through six types of leadership roles in order to bring about the characteristics and values for which you would most like to be remembered. By working backwards, and focusing on your future legacy first, Galford instructs on how to be a better leader today.



  • Building Trust in Low-Trust Times

    Trust hasn't had an easy time of it in recent months. Icons of the investment world have fallen, bedrock companies have crumbled into dust, and experts of all sorts have been revealed to know little or nothing about what has happened or how to fix it. Yet at the same time, certain companies and certain leaders continue to grow in stature. Who are they? How do they retain and grow trust, not just in the eyes of the public, but in the eyes of those who work for them as well? Robert Galford, co-author of both The Trusted Advisor and The Trusted Leader, shows us what can we learn and what we can take away from those builders of trust, even in such low-trust times.

  • Trust, Leadership and Legacy: Working with Talented Populations

    Identify and apply the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviors to lead and manage those with high levels of potential, performance and mobility. Heighten your perspective on your own goals as members of this category.

  • What Will Your Leadership Legacy Be?

    You might be your company’s biggest rainmaker or most brilliant strategist. But if you jumped ship or disappeared today, what would you leave behind? What would the people with whom you’ve worked do differently because they worked with you? Robert Galford, the coauthor of Your Leadership Legacy, shows that your impact on others is what becomes your leadership legacy. It has more to do with who you are as a person (your natural leadership style) than with your abilities or job title. Most people tend to fall into one of six leadership roles. Galford explains that although natural tendencies can be slightly influenced and accentuated, your goal should be to align your intended legacies as closely with your natural style as possible. In this speech you will learn how to define your natural role with clarity so you can sort out the distinctions between your roles and titles, and identify where you get the greatest satisfaction and where your strengths lie. Ultimately, it gives you something to think about as you plan the kind of legacy you want to leave and become a better leader today.

  • Trusted Advisor, Trusted Leader. So What? Now What?

    We all know that those working in senior levels in organizations have a high level of expertise and serve as leaders and mentors. Continuing on the path laid by The Trusted Advisor and The Trusted Leader, this speech challenges the assumption that doing “more of the same” is all that is left for high achievers. Robert Galford, the coauthor of Your Leadership Legacy, believes that as individuals retain and deepen their skills, they go through a migration that moves them through the states of trusted advisor and trusted leader to the territory of building a legacy. Galford stresses that you should not be what you’re remembered for your legacy; rather, your legacy should be what others take away on an enduring basis as a result of having worked with you. Your legacy is what makes you a better leader for the rest of your career. You will learn that building this legacy requires development work in three crucial areas. First it begins by honing one’s craft and becoming a trusted advisor to others. The advisor then carries these tenets of trust into the next role – that of the trusted leader. Finally, leaders cultivate their legacies, making them better and more effective leaders today.

  • Leaving Your Legacy, Making Your Mark

    Most executives think of legacy as something to worry about later in their careers, at the edge of retirement—if at all. But Robert Galford, the coauthor of Your Leadership Legacy, argues that thinking about your legacy now makes you a better, more effective leader today. Galford demonstrates the importance of legacy to leadership development and shows why and how individuals should think about legacy on their way into a position as opposed to on their way out. In the tradition of The Trusted Advisor and The Trusted Leader, Galford uses this speech to explain a tool for leaders to create their own leadership legacy statement that will set the specs for the kind of impact they want to have. You will learn how it goes beyond describing the actions or symbols of which you’re are most proud and allows you focus more on the characteristics and values for which you would most like to be remembered.

  • Your Leadership Legacy: Why Looking Toward the Future Will Make You a Better Leader Today

    Based on stories of top managers and leaders who have shaped successful careers, the book explores the art of “legacy thinking,” helping you to formulate a legacy that will have a positive effect on your work immediately. “This important and useful book goes to the heart of leadership today. It challenges thoughtful leaders to ask themselves not just what it takes to get ahead but, more importantly, what it means to leave something lasting behind.” --Alan M. Webber, Founding Editor, Fast Company ... MORE →


  • The Center for Leading Organizations
  • Book site: Your Leadership Legacy
  • Harvard Business Review: Be an "Undercover Boss"