Leaders Make an Impact

How are you using your leadership to make an impact in people’s lives?


Dr. Tim Irwin—business consultant, author and speaker—explains why it’s important for leaders to make a conscious effort in making a difference in people’s lives.

“The greatest impact we have is when we impact other people,” says Tim. “I encourage you to think about what it would be like if you could impact others… Think about what it would mean to our communities. Think about what it would mean to our state, our countries.”

Watch the video to learn more from Tim about having an impact on those you lead.

One of the most interesting football games I've ever seen, one of the most meaningful football games, I should say, was several years ago. My son was playing what turned out to be his last high school football game. I have to tell you, I was the proudest dad on the planet when No. 54 walked out to the center of the field for the coin toss.

It was one of those Norman Rockwell nights. I mean, it was a perfect American football game. The field was lit up brilliantly. The white stripes were just perfect. It was just one of those nights that you could hardly forget. The bands were blaring, the cheerleaders were at their practiced best. And the people in the stadiums were just intense with energy, wanting their side to prevail.

Candidly, we knew going out to Carrollton, Georgia, out west on I-20, we knew that they were a better team. We knew that they were stronger. It was tough. We went out there and our team played a phenomenal game. It was almost tied at the half, and then, near the end of the game, we almost tied it again. And then, the final seconds ticked off the clock.

The parents went out onto the field to meet their heartbroken players. I walked out to my son and he just immediately collapsed in my arms in heaving sobs. He had put so much energy into this game. He had focused on it. He and the other captains had done everything they could to bring this team along and to prepare them for this very difficult game.

We stood there for several minutes, and I noticed out of the corner of my eye that the head coach from the Carrollton team was walking across the field. He walked straight over to us. He walked up to me and said, "Sir, may I speak with your son?"

So I stepped aside and I just could barely overhear him say, "Son," he says, "You played a tremendous game tonight." He said, "You put everything on the field." He said, "It was an honor to play against you." And then he turned around and walked back to his celebrating team.

It was an amazing thing and as I look back, this was an inflection point for my son. He's gone on to a number of other things in his life, but this was an inflection point, where, in the midst of his grief, someone spoke truth into his life and had a huge impact.

That was Ben Scott, Coach Ben Scott. And I learned later… Coach Scott is deceased now, but I learned later that he did that fairly often, that he would go over and speak to a player on the opposing team. He had an impact on so many young men who played this game, not only in Carrollton but in other places around Georgia. And there's a street named after him over in Carrollton today, Ben Scott Boulevard.

I've had the privilege of working with many very powerful people over the years, powerful CEOs. I've also known some of those CEOs who got to the end of their lives. And as I talked to them, it was interesting. You know, you can measure a person's impact in a lot of different ways. Certainly money, position, power, influence. There are lots of ways.

But it was always interesting to me what these people talked about. They didn't talk about their possessions. They didn't talk about their money. They really didn't even talk about their accomplishments broadly. Do you know what they talked about? The people that they had impacted.

I would say to you today, in closing, I would encourage you, that I think the greatest impact we have is when we impact other people. I just encourage you to think about what it would be like if you could impact others. There's just the people in your sphere of influence, in your organization, what that would mean to our organizations? Think about what it would mean to our communities. Think about what it would mean to our state, our countries that are represented on this broadcast. I think it would be a phenomenal thing.

And so I encourage you, in the strongest of terms, to guard your core above all else, for it determines the course of your life. Guarding and growing your core will, in fact, allow you to do what I think we all really want to do, and that's have a tremendous impact.

Dr. Tim Irwin

Dr. Tim Irwin has consulted with a number of America’s most well-known and respected companies including SunTrust Banks, Chick-fil-A, Bank of America, Corning, Inc., IBM, The Coca Cola Company, Hoechst-Celanese, Gerber Products Compan...

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