High-Trust Leadership & the Blue Angels
As a member of a small mentoring group we were privileged to have as our guest speaker, Captain George Dom, USN (Ret) last month. Captain Dom not only delivered a very articulate and informative presentation on the topic of High-Trust Leadership, but he shared some amazing stories of when he was the flight leader of the famed Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron (Blue Angels).
I had seen the Blue Angels fly a couple of years ago over the San Francisco Bay doing their spectacular and death-defying aerial maneuvers, but to hear the stories directly from one of their own, and better yet, the flight leader, that was nothing less than a once-in-a-lifetime experience!
But the presentation wasn’t about his flying skills or the fact that he was an instructor pilot at the Navy Fighter Weapons School (Top Gun), or air wing strike leader during Operation Desert Storm. No, his presentation was about high-trust leadership. And believe me, he certainly has had the experience to learn (and teach) about high trust in some amazing situations.
But how does this relate to you and I and to real estate? As you are probably well aware, trust is an integral part of all relationships, personal and professional. And before you can win a client over, buyer or seller, they have to trust you, right?
So regardless of your position, if you are a real estate sales person, a team leader, broker of a small or large organization, or service organization, like ours, high-trust is a necessity for true success!
During his presentation, Captain Dom (OK3 Leadership Consulting) talked about high-trust and even outlined a personal action plan to train to build trust through daily practice. He talked about character and used an example that I thought I would share. He explained that Character is walking your talk and doing what’s right even when no one is watching.
As an example, if the grocery clerk gives you back too much change, do you give it back? When you are golfing alone, do you knock off a few strokes? How about driving in the high-occupancy lane, by yourself? These are all character builders or destroyers, depending on your choice. Even if no one else knows, you know! And believe me, no one is a harsher judge than we are of ourselves!
In yesterday’s blog I wrote about The Slight Edge, what can you do today to build your character and gain a slight edge towards high-trust leadership?