Hello, and welcome to the Leadership Done Right Podcast, Episode 27: Surround Yourself With Great People with Meg Zampino.
Get to Know Meg
Our guest today is an attorney, entrepreneur, strategist, writer, and experienced leader. She currently has several roles and responsibilities. She’s the president of DT Legal Consulting. Our guest is also the motivational strategist and writer for Goals with Heart and a freelance writer.
She’s experienced with legal recruiting, consulting, and coaching and has written sales presentations, seminar materials, blogs, articles, speeches, and a wide range of other materials.
Meg’s Educational Background
Her educational background is in law. She has her juris doctorate in law from Emory University, School of Law and passed the State Bar in Georgia. She currently lives in Las Vegas. From just this small glimpse, you can see she is very intelligent and has a broad background.
My Connection To Meg
I first connected with her through the LinkedIn group she manages, Motivational and Success Digest. We have had some great conversations related to all things leadership, motivation, and success. Our guest today is Meg Zampino. Meg, welcome to the show!
Helping People Reach Their Goals
I really like helping people reach their goals. Whether it’s helping placing an attorney at a new law firm where they can build better client relationships, or helping an individual figure out what to do in their life or career, I just really like helping people accomplish their goals.
Goals/Leadership with Heart
I think if we humans spent more time coming at things with our heart energy, or at least factoring that in with our intellects and minds, the world would be a kinder, better place! It’s important to have compassion and think more about your fellow humans.
For Goals with Heart, Meg sends out a regular email to help people achieve their goals. Leadership with Heart, on the other hand, is fairly new. The goal with that is to help everyone reframe how we look at leaders, what we expect from them, etc. It’s a non-partisan group. The idea is to go back to basics with values, integrity, good character, and trust worthiness. The point of it right now is to get the discussion going.
The current focus of the group is more on political leadership. People often say that we are choosing between the lesser of two evils; the goal is to raise the standard. We need to be in the position where we are trying to select the best candidate between two great candidates.
Surround Yourself With Great People
When you surround yourself with great people, you can accomplish a lot even if you don’t know all the answers. As the leader, you can stand back and let them do what they know how to do. It’s important to listen to the great people! Trust them and their expertise. Fantastic people will bail you out if you let them!
Allow the great people to help you. Allow the help in. Being self-reliant is good, but allow great people around you to do great things.
This goes hand in hand with learning to delegate and empower people to do their best work. Give people assignments and empower them to do a great job. Even if the best people have been delegated tasks, they may fall short if they aren’t properly empowered.
Set guidelines with empowerment by letting them know what types of decisions they can make and what flexibility they have. Often this doesn’t come easy, but it is very important. If you are smart enough to put good people around you, use them! Don’t stand in their way.
Other Great Topics
Meg and I also discussed becoming a leader, recognition, and trust. We got into some deeps thoughts on trust by considering the different levels of trust and its complexity.
The Speed Round
- Who is the one leader you look up to most and why? Ghandi, because he defeated the British empire peacefully.
- What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? Be true to yourself even if it makes others uncomfortable. Be true to yourself and what you know is right.
- What’s a personal habit that contributes to your success? Exercising regularly because there is a big mind-body connection. It helps me to stay mentally and physically fresh.
- If you could recommend one book to our listeners, what would it be and why? 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey. Also, use the bookstores and libraries to find a book that solves the problems you have.
- On a light-hearted note, what is your favorite hobby? Traveling, writing, and poker. Meg’s most recent travel adventure was to Southern California wine country.
Connect With Meg
What’s the best way to connect with Meg?
- Website: LeadershipWithHeart.com; This will take you to the Facebook Group. Put in a request to join and make a note that you heard about in on the podcast.
- Website: GoalsWithHeart.com; Check out the contact page on the website to link up with Meg.
- LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/goalswithheart/
- LinkedIn Group: Motivation and Success Digest https://www.linkedin.com/groups/4924607
- DT Legal Consulting: dtlegalconsulting.com
One Final Question
If you could go back in time and give yourself advice when you first started your leadership journey, what would it be and why? Be open. Be more open to possibilities, listening to other people, and just be more open. Balance being open and being focused more frequently.
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