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My Thoughts on Leadership

When we founded Truly Wealthy Realty 5 years ago, there were only 4 of us at the helm. We did everything from marketing to accounting to office management. Actually, we didn’t even have an office yet. We just held a home office at Mitch’s house and all our records were kept in one tiny red box. Now, 5 years later, Truly Wealthy Realty occupies the entire second floor of Neri Building and we have dozens of people in the team.

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God has blessed Truly Wealthy Realty so much and I’m very thankful for what the realty has become. Yet we are still so far from our goals. There is so much more that needs to be done. What I realized in my years as a real estate broker here in Cagayan de Oro is that it’s  a lot easier to be a broker than a leader. As a broker, I just need to take care of my clients real estate needs and that’s it. I don’t even think of it as work because many of my clients are such a pleasure to work with. I think of it more of as helping out a friend. But because the realty has grown, many more people have come to join the team. And now, as a Team Leader, I need to lead these people. And leading people, well, it’s a challenge.

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Every person is different so you’re style of leadership for each individual must be unique. Plus, millennials are even tougher to lead. I should know, because I’m one myself. We millennials are no longer driven solely by money but also by our passions, ideals and beliefs. It’s something that baffles the past generation because in their era, to work solely to make a living was fine. But now, in our era, we don’t only want to make a living. We want to make a difference.

truly wealthy realty + cdo rea estate brokerSo how do you lead people?

As I learned from one of my mentors, Francis Endaya, you need to delve in why the person is doing what he’s doing. What is his why? You need to look out for what motivates the person, what makes him tick, what drives him…You need to get to know a person on a deeper level in order to lead effectively.

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Being a leader is hard because to lead effectively, you need to grow constantly. You can’t give what you don’t have. So leaders need to constantly improve their game. They need to work twice as hard and learn fast. Being a leader means you must also be self-aware. Awareness is powerful because once you are self-aware, you know what your strengths and weaknesses are. And then you can improve on your strengths and work on your weaknesses. Lastly, a good leader leads with humility. Because ultimately, leadership is about service. It’s not about lording it over people but about bringing yourself down to serve. Humility is about saying you’re sorry even if it’s not even your fault. It’s about learning to apologize when it is your fault. It’s about being accountable for your actions when you’ve made the wrong decision.

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I believe humility is the most powerful trait a leader can have. Because it’s only when you’re humble that you can grow and become a better person. Jesus is the ultimate symbol of true humility. He is God and yet he knelt down to wash the feet of his disciples.

Leadership is not easy. In fact, it’s really hard. But to be able to be part of another persons growth, to be able to contribute to his success is one of the most rewarding experiences in the world. And so I will continue to be a leader – in Truly Wealthy Realty, in our Discipleship Group and wherever God calls me to lead. Because the things in this world will fade away but when you lead, you leave an imprint on the lives of people that they in turn can pass on to others.

What about you?

Are you being called to lead but find yourself resisting the call? The world needs more leaders to pave the way to a better future. Rise to the challenge. Take the call. Go Lead.

Go life a Truly Wealthy life.

-Alex

 

Expand Your Leadership

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Leadership is a privilege. But it not something that many people embrace willingly.

Leadership is not easy because, frankly, it’s a huge responsibility. I’m ashamed to say that there were a few times in my life where I declined to take on a leadership position because I didn’t feel like I was ready for it. But now, as the CEO of Truly Wealthy Realty, I need to step up and expand my reach as a leader. I can no longer hide from responsibility because God has given me the privilege of leading these people. And they deserve the best that I can give them.

Today, I listened to Jossy Chacko as he talked about ways to expand leadership.Jossy Chacko is the Founder and President of Empart, a global ministry that exists to ignite holistic community transformation among the unreached and needy people of Asia. Empart’s primary goal is to see 100,000 communities transformed by 2030.

According to Jossy, since leaders are trusted with more, then we should embrace the privilege to lead with all our hearts. We can expand our reach as leaders by first, enlarging our vision. We should not focus what we are doing now but learn to see the bigger picture. Leaders are visionaries. It’s only when we see the big picture that we can be able to achieve great things for Gods glory.

Second, leaders empower people. There are leaders all around us just waiting to be discovered. When we empower people, we impart to them the confidence and ability to soar high. Jacko further gave us 3 ways on how to empower people. Read full post on that HERE.

Lastly, embrace risk. Or as Christians would say, step out in faith. Where there is no risk, there’s no growth. The enemy of growth is being comfortable. When we become too comfortable where we are, we stop stretching and growing.

God has not given us the spirit of fear. So as followers of Christ, we should be the most risk-taking, audacious people on earth. When we stop taking risks, we prevent ourselves from reaching our full potential.

-Jossy Chacko

It’s easy to take risks when you’re still beginning, when you have nothing to lose. But when you’ve built something from nothing, you begin to fear losing what you have. When I started Truly Wealthy Realty with my partners, we were almost fearless in setting goals. We dreamt big and had lofty ambitions. Now, I think we need to step out in faith again in order to take the realty even further. Fear is crippling. Just like the 3rd servant who hid his denari in the ground because he was afraid of losing it, I don’t want to hide my God-given abilities. I want to use it to grow my potential and stretch my ability as a leader.What about you? Are you constantly expanding your reach as a leader? Decide to expand your reach by enlarging your vision, empowering people and embracing risk.

Leadership is a privilege. Many are called but few are chosen. If you are chosen to lead, embrace it. Do your best. Add value.

Go live a Truly Wealthy life.

-Alex

 

How to Empower People

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I had to opportunity to attend the Global Leadership Summit for the past 2 days. Here, I was able to listen to great speakers like John Maxwell, Bill Hybels and Melinda Gates speak on a variety of topics. One of the speakers was Jossy Chacko – the Founder and President of Empart, a global ministry that exists to ignite holistic community transformation among the unreached and needy people of Asia. Empart’s primary goal is to see 100,000 communities transformed by 2030.

His topic was about expanding leadership. Part of the process of expanding leadership is knowing how to empower people. As a leader, you cannot do everything yourself. You must raise leaders to share in the work with you so you can accomplish more as a team.

Jossy gave 3 tips on how to empower people which I found very useful so I want to share this with you.

How to Empower People

1.Focus on building the character before you empower them

Great leaders don’t just pass on information. They build character. The biggest leadership failures are not because of the lack of talent or ability, but of character. As a leader, it is your responsibility to build the character first your mentees before empowering them. Otherwise, you could be building up a potential time bomb.

2.Build a relationship with your mentees

Leadership is not about leading from the front or from the back, but alongside. The better your relationship is with your mentees, the more influential you’ll be to them. And the better you’ll be able to lead them.

3.Make sure you have agreed on the right outcomes

You cant get to where you want to go if you don’t know where you are going. From the very start, agree on an outcome. This will allow you to focus on the goal and reach it much faster. Clarity breeds competence. Make KPI’s. Evaluate. Measure.

Again, being able to empower people is key to successful leadership. Let’s take the time to carefully consider, who among our team can we empower today?

Go live a Truly Wealthy life.

-Alex

 

 

My Take on Heneral Luna

Heneral Luna is a movie about courage and love for country. In the movie, Heneral Luna was portrayed as a General who would die for his country. Although he came from a rich family, he didn’t just stay within his comfort zone. He could have lived a comfortable life and yet he chose to lead the country in the war against the Americans. He was a brilliant strategist, President Aguinaldo’s best general and a fearless fighter. Yet, it’s ironic that he died not in battle but in the hands of his fellow Filipinos.

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The main thing I learned from the movie is this: Anger gets you nowhere.

Heneral Luna was a superb general. He knew how to attack, when to attack and when to retreat. Yet in the movie, his clear limitation as a leader was his temper. He would have periodic outbursts of anger and he would say things in rage.

Fools give full vent to their rage, but a wise man quietly holds it back.

-Proverbs 29:11

I believe as a leader, your main responsibility is to lead yourself. If you can’t hold back your temper, how can you be effective in leading others?

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You may be the most intelligent and talented person on earth, but if you can’t work with other people, then your influence as a leader will be severely limited. You wont be able to be the best that you can be both as an individual and as a leader.

I could relate to Heneral Luna because I used to be at the mercy of my temper. As the eldest of three children, I became accustomed to telling people what to do and then expecting them to obey me. Tact wasn’t something I had as a child.

You attract more flies with honey than with vinegar.

-Dale Carnegie

If you want someone to do something, it would be so much easier if you got him or her to like you first. And then ask them nicely. Because then, they would “want” to do it instead of them just being compelled by you. As we often say in Toastmasters, “It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it.”

Over time I learned to be a team player. Because really, no person can achieve anything of lasting value alone. You need a team. Even Jesus had his 12 apostles.

 Anger gets you nowhere.

 Fools show their annoyance at once, but the prudent overlook at insult.

-Proverbs 12:16

All in all, Heneral Luna made me feel proud to be a Filipino. The courage he showed in fighting for what he believed in is something we should all emulate. We often take this freedom we have now for granted. Let’s remember to live for our country as so many died so we could have the freedom that we now enjoy.

May you live a Truly Wealthy life!

-Alex