Liz Wiseman on How to Become an Impact Player in Your Organization
Returning guest and my friend Liz Wiseman is a researcher and executive advisor who teaches leadership to executives around the world. She is the author of New York Times bestseller Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter, The Multiplier Effect: Tapping the Genius Inside Our Schools, and Wall Street Journal bestseller Rookie Smarts: Why Learning Beats Knowing in the New Game of Work. She is the CEO of the Wiseman Group, a leadership research and development firm headquartered in Silicon Valley, California. Some of her recent clients include Apple, AT&T, Disney, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Nike, Salesforce, Tesla, and Twitter. Liz has been listed on the Thinkers50 ranking, and in 2019 she was recognized as a top leadership thinker in the world.
Today, Liz joins me to talk about her new book, Impact Players: How to Take the Lead, Play Bigger, and Multiply Your Impact. She explains why it’s important to emphasize contributorship and not just leadership, and she talks about why your goal should be to be useful, not important. She explains why following your passion usually involves putting it aside at the beginning. She explores what makes a good contributor, shares the importance of love in raising kids, and discusses why she prioritizes her family over her job.
“Get over yourself and go serve where you’re needed. Find out what’s important and go work on what’s important. And strangely, when you do that, you become really important.” – Liz Wiseman
“In some ways, if I focus on my personal impact, I’m gonna sell my team short…My job is to get other people contributing and working and making an impact, and my impact is the sum of that.” – Liz Wiseman
Key Takeaways this week on the L3 Leadership Podcast:
● Why everyone has genius
● Making yourself useful, not important
● Why following your own passion often starts out as following someone else’s
● What makes a good contributor, and why a good contributor makes a good leader
● Tips on raising kids and the importance of love
● Why you have more power than you think you have
● Impact Players: Buy the book, take the quiz, and get more info
● Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die
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