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When it comes to leadership, many top industry professionals believe the will to commandeer a group is something one is born with. However, according to those same pros, leadership is something you learn, not something that magically manifests itself.

“As leaders, it’s our nature to constantly look for ways to improve,” says LeadingRE Chairman Rob Sibcy at LeadingRE’s annual conference in Las Vegas on February 11.

Below are three top tips from some of the industry’s leading leaders.

Offer service to others. “To be an effective leader today you have to realize that you are in a service position,” says Verl Workman, renowned speaker, trainer, consultant and coach. “The best leaders are not the most fierce managers, but through their service and desire to make others around them successful, managers become great leaders.   A great leader is one who delegates and is focused on the highest value take for their skill set. Great leaders don’t hover about over every detail, they give great direction and suggestions, then they allow their team to accomplish the given tasks.  See and build potential in others if you truly want to be an inspiring and effective leader.”

Influence, don’t control. “People don’t want to be managed, they want to be led,” says Brian Buffini, CEO of real estate coaching firm Buffini & Company. “Be a great model for them to follow. Leading in today’s new era of real estate is not about control, it’s all about influence.”

Take risks.  “Leaders are risk takers, because when things aren’t going well, you’ve got to make changes,” says Rudy Giuliani, former New York City mayor and leader extraordinaire, at LeadinRE’s February conference. “You have to have the courage to take the risk to do something different.”

Tell us – what are your winning leadership lessons?

This post was originally published on RISMedia’s blog, Housecall. Check the blog daily for winning real estate tips and trends for you and your clients.