Thursday Thoughts On Leadership: If You Want To Lead, Grow

“No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man.”-- Heraclitus

Leaders and aspiring leaders would do well to heed this quote from Heraclitus, because, well, the ancient Greek philosopher had a point.

Things change. Constantly. And people who want to be effective in what they do change with them. If you’re not able to grow, to change, to shift and move with the times you will never be a great leader.

If you want to be a leader, you must always be learning and adapting. The hallmark of the humble leader is that they continuously strive to get better, to be open to the possibility that what they know and who they are today is not enough.

Pat Reilly, the great basketball coach, summed this up nicely:

“If you’re not getting better, you’re getting worse.”

Leadership is the single most important factor in the success or failure of a real estate office or company.  And getting good at leadership requires hard work – and a commitment to continuous improvement.

The good news is good leaders can be made. As legendary management scholar Peter Drucker wrote, “There may be such a thing as a natural born leader, but there are so few of them that they make no difference in the great scheme of things.”

So when an agent asks me on how they can one day become a leader and a manager in our company, I respond with these three things: 1.) Be coachable 2.) Be willing to grow, and 3.) Be in alignment with the Intero visions and values.

If you want to lead, you’ve got to grow.