Justin Jones-Fosu

Legends are not born, they are made. To be clear, legendary leadership is not about creating legendary individuals, but rather legendary organizations, movements, and causes. True legends are remembered, not because they focused on themselves, but because they focused on something bigger than themselves. Applying these 4 Ideas will move your leadership from merely average to amazingly awesome!

Idea 1: Seek to Be More Interested, than Interesting

There are not leaders of organizations; there are only leaders of people that make up the organizations. When we see ourselves as the leaders of organizations, the focus can stay on us, but awesome leaders realize their power rests on the people they are serving and helping to reach a common goal and purpose. When leadership is not about our resume or accolades, and it is about understanding how we help people to do amazing work – that is legendary leadership!

Idea 2: When You Leave, It Should Be Better

When you leave your position, do you want the next person to be better than you? Even if you said yes, many of us in our inner thoughts want to be the leader that everyone remembers and values. What if I told you that one secret to being an amazing leader is that when you are gone your organization should be bigger, better or both! If years from now you are the best leader that your organization or campus has experienced then you really didn’t lead, all you did was manage. Legendary leaders empower others to be better than them after they are long gone.

Idea 3: Focus on Giving More than Getting More from Others

Leaders who know those they serve are relational and care. They know the strengths and weaknesses as well as the powerful two questions. (1) Why did you join our organization in the first place, and (2) what does a successful experience look like to you? If you help your members and care about them more than just what you can get from them, they will be inspired to make a difference for the organization. Legendary Leaders inspire their members to achieve their goals even beyond the organization!

Idea 4: Use Authentic Optimism To Embrace Change Not Combat It

There are two types of optimists. There are fake ones and authentic ones. Fake optimists give the perception that everything is always ok and they never process the challenges that they face. Authentic optimists acknowledge the challenges but take the right perspective.  This also happens when they process change. Authentic optimists process change in helpful and meaningful ways, but they also are proactive in the change process. They help those they lead to process change effectively. Check out a change management process called ADKAR that can help. Legendary leaders process real issues but walk away with right and beneficial perspectives on how to move forward.


Check out Justin’s newest keynote, Legendary Leadership: 4 Ideas that will transform your leadership from average to awesome. Justin will engage participants with hilarious humor, practical references, and great energy. Justin shares his research and his experiences (successes and failures) as President of three campus organizations, a fraternity leader, and a member of the SGA Executive Board Member. See why Justin was named as one of Campus Activities “Hot Acts” in 2015 and why he continues to be a sought-after speaker year after year. See Justin’s video to get a sense of his unique and engaging style.