Leadership Lessons from A Night with Saddam

Leadership Lessons from a Night with SaddamLast week was crazy busy.

I spent most of Thursday in a meeting with the other members of Leadership GNAR (Greater Nashville Association of Realtors).  One of our Guest Speakers was Senator Mark Green.

Senator Mark Green is also Dr. Mark Green and CEO of Align MD.  Mark started this firm a few years ago to help staff emergency rooms across the country.  Since that time, he has grown the organization to more than $150mm in revenue serving 34 hospitals in six states. 

Before he became a doctor, Mark was a Ranger and commander in the famed 82nd Airborne Division.  When a doctor saved his father’s life, Mark decided that he wanted to be a Flight Surgeon and convinced the Army to let him go to medical school.

He was finishing up his residency, when 9/11 happened.  He soon received a call from the commanding officer of our nations Special Forces convincing him to join his regiment. 

Mark was the first surgeon into Bagdad and was assigned to the Special Forces group tasked to find Saddam Hussein. 

Mark was with the group the night Saddam was captured.  He spent the next six hours tending to Saddam and asking him questions.  I found the questions and Saddam’s answers to be fascinating.  If you are interested, you can read more about it in his book, A Night with Saddam.

It’s obvious that Mark has led highly effective organizations, and he was there to teach us about great leaders and how they handled leadership.

This statement instantly got my attention.  Mark said, “If your team members are not bringing you their problems, then you are not their leader.”

And it stuck with me because I believe that my most important job is to solve problems for my real estate clients.  Getting to the closing table requires solving hundreds of problems in a short time frame. 

And after closing more than 300 personal sales in my career, I’ve likely solved your problem dozens of times for other clients. 

I’d love to know what your single biggest challenge with real estate is today.  Hit reply and let me know.

I’m looking forward to hearing from you!

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