Redefining the Role of a Leader

I just returned from Washington, DC, where I had the extraordinary opportunity to participate as a speaker at the CoreNet Global Summit which was held at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center. For those of you unfamiliar with CoreNet Global, it is the organization that represents people involved in corporate real estate. Who comes to the Summits are all of the in-house people involved in managing a company’s real estate portfolio as well as all of the major commercial real estate companies and vendors who provide products and services used by people who own real estate.

I have spoken at several of these Summits in the past but this year was special. I was invited to speak to an invitation only audience and who was invited was the senior most people in the corporate member companies. In other words, the people at a Director or VP level in charge of corporate real estate for their companies. It was really quite exciting to get these high level folks together.

I did two one hour sessions on Redefining the Role of a Leader. The first session was on Listening: Your Key to being  an Extraordinary Leader and the second was on The Spoken Word: Your Access to Power. In essence, in the first session, I presented the proposition that how one listens really determines how effective one is as a leader. All great leaders really know how to listen and have their employees feel appreciated, acknowledged, heard and cared about.

In the second session, I presented the proposition that language is the vehicle by which you create your reality. There are 7 billion people on the planet and they all live in a different reality. How your reality becomes your reality is determined by what you say. So what comes out of your mouth becomes critically important.

In the final analysis, of the 55 people in my two sessions, 20% were so appreciative of what they heard that they invited me to have a discussion with them about taking the Unshackled Leadership philosophy into their departments. This should open the door to us having an opportunity to work in some of the largest corporations in the world.