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.
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.
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.
So 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.
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.
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.