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"Leader Shift" - How to be a Leader

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Visiting my daughters about six times a year means travel.  None of them live in Arizona so visiting includes lots of planning and airline flights.   On my  plane rides, it’s typical for me to bring a variety of reading materials.    On a recent trip I brought a book that has been in the drawer of my nightstand for 2 years.  Now is the time I figured to pull it out and bring it along.


The book I brought was given to me by a past President of the Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS® during my first full year as a Director.   The book is “Leadshift” by John C Maxwell.  


This past Director has served a variety of positions for the National Association of REALTORs®, Women’s Council of REALTORs® as well as the local association.  She’s an amazing leader and inspires others with her words and actions.  So It’s no surprise that she gave each of us a copy of this book.


The book explains that leaders don’t simply lead, they empower others to lead.  My interpretation, “Rising tides lifts all boats.”  I’ve written that before as I’ve been lucky enough to have discovered that somewhere along the way as a former coach and volunteer in my daughters’ schools. 


Inspiring others helps a leader accomplish goals.  It brings clarity to a mission, and vision to participants. 


In one section of the book Maxwell writes, “Growth inspired inside inspires growth outside.” 


But how do you inspire growth.  In the book, Maxwell talks about always having a positive attitude, stating that his dad always read books that were positively inspiring.  Focusing on being positive produced a good mental state. 


The other trait to inspire growth is to have strong relationships.  Having strong relationships creates a sense of connectivity.  That stable foundation of relationships can help create confidence.


Empowering others through inspiration and a positive attitude is gold in my opinion.  Smiling is contagious and that alone sets the tone for a great meeting, great event, and a great attitude!


In what ways do you inspire and empower others?

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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Jan - while I know it wasn't the point of your post, I always find that some books are put away and perhaps not read until "just the right time".  

Nov 22, 2021 09:00 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Hi Jan,
First of all, I have to say I admire your commitment to visit your daughters 6 times a year!  That's awesome. 

As for the post, I agree wholeheartedly about the qualities of great leaders.

Nov 22, 2021 11:06 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Jan - I have not read John Maxwell's book but, of course, I know of him.  And he and I are on same page as far as leadership

Nov 22, 2021 01:39 PM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Jan, I hope you have a very Happy Thanksgiving 2021. Let's finish the year out strong!

Nov 23, 2021 08:41 AM