About the book:
*New York Times bestseller
For more than 25 years, organizational psychologist and management consultant Dr. Tim Irwin has worked with thousands of leaders in well-known global companies. He knows most leaders work for recognition and advancement and they want more challenge and responsibility. He’s also found this to be true: Most of us want to make a positive difference through our work and to have our lives count for something more than simply making a living. We want to make an impact.
Yet when we look around our organizations, we don’t see many leaders who have real impact. We see them just managing the daily rat race. Somewhere along the line, many began working for money instead of for meaning, for status instead of for a lasting legacy.
In Impact, Irwin identifies the principles and beliefs that lead to great leadership—ways in which you can grow and thrive and be trusted by others. Learn how to be the kind of leader that motivates others in meaningful work and great accomplishments and what you can do to stay on track so you avoid a path of personal destruction so many leaders go down today.
Accessible, humorous, and engaging, Irwin’s latest book shows you how to live the vision you began your career with and then finish strong for a lasting impact, the hope of every great leader.
About the author:
Dr. Tim Irwin, the author of the New York Times best-selling book Impact: Great Leadership Changes Everything, has been a confidante to thousands of global leaders. He is a favorite guest of Hugh Hewitt and is being featured on a number of Christian radio programs. Irwin sees one central issue anytime a leader “derails”—he believes they have a defect in their “core”, which Irwin says goes beyond the overused term “character”. His new book, Impact, addresses this and gives actionable ways leaders can protect themselves, and better serve their organizations—especially crucial for those of us who serve in ministry and are walking a Christian walk.
Like most people, I want to make a difference. I found this book really interesting to read because it talked about why some leaders make an impact while other leaders fail. Dr. Irwin explains that each of us has a person inside of us which he calls our core. Our core has a voice and guides our beliefs so he explains how important it is to have a strong core through self-awareness. This quote sums up the purpose of the book, and I have to add that I really love it:
A strong core depends upon self-awareness. It vets our beliefs and alerts us to rationalization. It controls errant impulses. It makes us authentic and emotionally resilient. A strong core prevents us from going down that path of personal destruction that many have taken.I found it extremely helpful that Dr. Irwin used real examples from the news to illustrate leaders with strong and weak cores. At the end of most chapters, there is a "Go Deeper" section where you reflect upon questions or take a quiz. The purpose of these sections is to make you aware of your actions and how you improve your core.
Right now I am a stay at home mom. I am no longer a leader of various organizations. However, I am a leader or the CEO of my home. And, that is how I applied the book to myself. I don't want my children to grow up in a demeaning environment or an environment where they learn that to a leader is one the coerces others to follow them. This book helped me to recognize areas where I need improvement. I loved this quote:
A leader with influence holds sway over others not from position but rather from persuasion.I feel that if I show proper behavior and leadership skills at home, then my children will apply these skills when they go to school and in their careers. Parents do have an impact upon their children, and I want to make sure that I have a positive impact.
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