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The Four C’s of C-Suite Property Management Leadership Development

By Joseph Slonimsky

The_Four_Cs_of_C-Suite_Leadership_Development.jpgWhat makes a strong leader? There’s really no magical answer, but when it comes to the C-suite, the one thing that is universally important, regardless of actual title, is that ongoing development is absolutely critical to the overall success of the organization. Of course, there are lots of ways top management can pursue improvement of their own skills and performance, but what it really all boils down to are the following four C’s.

Curiosity 

The desire to learn more, think outside the box and be creative is a fundamental trait of strong, effective leaders. Why? Because curiosity leads to new ideas, which fosters innovation – both of which are critical, especially in today’s ever-changing marketplace. Asking questions, sparking discussions and debates and facing company challenges head-on with new, different and better solutions can be what sets your property management organization apart from the rest.

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Collaboration
 

There are plenty of stand-out and even infamous leaders in the business world (think Warren Buffet and Steve Jobs), but the reality is, these highly accomplished professionals didn’t get where they are today without the countless others that quietly led from behind. More than starring in the spotlight, effective leaders value the ability and opportunity to collaborate with others. In fact, for many companies, flashy leadership can actually be more harmful than beneficial. For best results, look instead to nurture and promote collective decision making within your property management firm.

Cultivation 

If you want a garden to flourish, you must put the work in to care for it. That is, tilling the soil, planting the seeds, watering it daily, ensuring adequate sunlight and pulling the dangerous weeds before they can cause damage. Leadership on a corporate level can be viewed very much the same way. Cultivating good habits personally and encouraging others to do the same, investing time and effort into helping those around you grow and develop – that’s what will ultimately drive the success of your business.

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Being part of a team – even if you’re the designated leader – and developing strong relationships based on trust and mutual respect can dramatically improve your property management company’s overall culture and employee satisfaction. Just because you may sit in the corner office with a view doesn’t mean you should remain separate from your colleagues. Focus instead on becoming a team player and making yourself open and approachable. It’ll payoff in huge dividends over time.

As a top leader, everyone from your co-workers and direct reports to the front line employees of your firm will form an impression of who you are and what you mean to them. By embracing the four C’s listed above, you’ll develop yourself into a trustworthy, knowledgeable, confident individual who isn’t afraid to get into the trenches if the situation calls for it. This type of personal and professional development will ultimately shape your property management company into an industry leader that stands leaps and bounds ahead of the competition.

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