Posted by: realtormarkpalace | April 30, 2010

Leadership

We’re All Leaders and Must Challenge the Status Quo

April 30, 2010 by NAR Staff · Leave a Comment
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Mark Palace

Mark Palace

As told by Mark Palace
The unprecedented times we now live in – times marked by economic uncertainty, global unrest and breakthrough technology advancements – have ushered in major changes to the way we live and work. To thrive in the future, smart leaders will take a step back, explore ways to empower others and open doors to new ideas and perspectives.

In essence, that’s the thrust of an unusual, ground-breaking book called Tribes by authorSeth Godin. The book, first published in 2008, proclaims that all of us are leaders in some way, shape or form. We are leaders in our personal life, within our immediate community, and at the place we work. Today, more than ever, we need to recognize the fact we are leaders of our various “tribes;” we need to step far outside the box and mount challenges to the way things get done. Become “heretics,” Godin states, raise questions and drive the competitive thought needed to change history for the better.

The messages and insights elaborated within Tribes were discussed by my work group at the April session held in Chicago for the 2010 members of the NAR Leadership Academy. The April session is the fourth in the five-part Academy program, and exercises and discussion focused on “Leading to Face Industry Challenges.” Some in our group were not totally convinced by Godin’s message or the book itself, which is pretty unconventional for a non-fiction work because it lacks a table of contents and established chapters. The text is structured in a free-flowing style, more like a blog.
Prior to reading Tribes, I must admit I supported the status quo. I was reluctant to deviate from what was considered “normal.” In fact, I was turned off by the title of the book, and I could not comprehend how the word “tribe” could relate to leadership and positive change.

I set my agenda aside, read the book and embraced the message delivered from Tribes. Three specific elements stood out:

1. To be a true leader, you need the moral courage and intestinal fortitude to stand up for what you believe in. Leaders go against the grain, rather than respond and react.
2. In today’s society, we’ve become like sheep. We accept things the way they are, follow the same schedule and are reluctant to initiate change. True leaders are curious; they do not accept the norm.
3. True leaders put technology to use. They employ social networking sites like Facebook and others to communicate with their tribes and spearhead change.

In my own brokerage firm, I encourage my colleagues to speak openly and freely regarding ways to build our business. Suggestions that are viable and can be developed will be embraced and implemented with full force. Godin certainly inspired me to re-evaluate my perspectives on leadership and change; but he may have been inspired by an unconventional guy who was responsible for some pretty significant changes to our world. This quote sums it up:

“Be the change you want to see in the world.” — Mahatma Gandhi.

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