The True Measure of Leadership

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"Control is not leadership; management is not leadership; leadership is leadership.
— Dee Hock, Founder and CEO Emeritus, Visa

Building on previous posts:

Leadership, The Key to Your Real Estate Success 

Leadership, Attributes of a Leader

Unwavering Courage: based upon the knowledge of self, and of one's occupation. No follower wishes to be dominated by a leader who lacks self - confidence and courage.  No intelligent follower will be dominated by such a leader very long.
Self-Control: The man who cannot control himself can never control others. Self - control sets a mighty example for one's followers, which the more intelligent will emulate.
A Keen Sense of Justice: Without a sense of fairness and justice, no leader can command and retain the respect of his followers.   - Napolean Hill "Think and Grow Rich"

From Adolf Hitler to Stalin to Kim Jong-Il, dictatorship is a leadership style that just won't die. Look at Syria today. But are dictators really that far removed from today’s business leaders or the way some people run their real estate teams? This leadership style seems far removed from today's business world.

But is it? You can find many similarities between dictators, business leaders and some Real Estate Market Leaders, who actually make a great incomes. Have you ever worked for or met any power-hungry tyrants in real estate or business in general? “Political and business leaders both want to stay at the top of their organizations and reward supporters who keep them in power...In both cases how they maintain loyalty depends on the structure of their organization.” (Alastair Smith, professor of politics at New York University and co-author of The Dictator’s Handbook)

On the other side of the fence, are the truly successful leaders and team builders who people CHOOSE  to follow. I know many awesome Real Estate Market Leaders who have created successful careers, not just for themselves, but for their team and everyone around them. Smith talks about these types of leaders as well, "democratic political leaders and leaders of partnerships or co-ops who must keep alot of people happy, by creating an organization that benefits everyone."

The bottom line is that the true measure of leadership is INFLUENCE; not control, or micro-management. The job title doesn't make the Leader, the Leader makes the job title! I beleive that the person with the most influence on the team, at any time is the REAL LEADER.

Dictators and powerful, self-centric business leaders operate weak organizations and eliminate all dissent by surrounding themselves with ‘yes’ men and women, who agree with anything they say or do. The  REAL MARKET LEADERS I admire, build successful teams by adhering to the old adage, "win friends and influence people."

Today, I challenge you to think about your family, friends, colleagues, clients, and team members. Now, complete this phrase, as many times as you can and yes, WRITE IT DOWN! People follow me because...

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RealProRick Leaderhip in Real Estate Series; Volume 1, Article 3 "The True Measure of Leadership"
Source Credits:
Think and Grow Rich by Napolean Hill
The Dictator’s Handbook: Why Bad Behaviour is Always Good Politics by Alastair Smith