I have been doing these blogs for a while now and absolutely love sharing what I have learned over the years with all of you.  I didn’t just wake up one day and have all of this knowledge and insight however. It takes time and dedication.   For example, this past weekend, I drove from Fresno, Ca. to San Francisco on Saturday ( 3 ½ hour drive ) for a meeting and to learn from the Leaders at Digital World & IBSP.  Immediately following that meeting, I drove from San Francisco to Los Angeles ( 6 hour drive ) for another meeting on Sunday to learn even more to share with my team! You see, my team understands that they have a leader in me that is always learning and always excited to share what I have learned with them for THEIR success!

I have a formula that I learned years ago and has worked really well for me.


LISTENING – The Importance of Listening!

listeningListening is different from hearing.  Listening is fact finding and intelligence gathering from leaders, clients & customers who are on the front lines of the marketplace. The leader who will not take the time to listen has effectively limited their chances for success dramatically.

Leadership is much less about the leader and much more about the followers and their individual goals. It’s about having individuals look into your eyes and see who you really are as their leader.  As the leader, it’s about letting them see your vision and goals. The best connections / opportunities in life start with listening.

LEARN – Knowledge is Everlasting

ijdema-knowledge-is-powerLeaders are always learning.  For today’s leaders, the search is on for new ideas to replace those ideas that simply don’t work.  Today’s leaders are on high alert for new ideas and insights.  Great leaders are lifelong learners.  When you stop learning, you stop growing!!!

LEAD – Be the Pied Piper

Chart depicting the leadership style of transformational leaders

From listening and learning, we create the foundation from which to lead. Leadership is more than just charisma.  Real leadership is about being authentic.  Leadership is also about compassion and the genuine development of the people you are leading. Leadership is never about the one who leads.  It is always about the team and the organization. Leadership is about helping people feel completely supported so that they are able to achieve their goals in life & business.  Leadership is the backbone of a company, its brand, and its people. The leader recognizes the journey to create a legacy based on vision, mission, and values.

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Written by: Maury Sasso

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