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special focus on LEADERSHIP

a special focus on LEADERSHIP

a special focus on

The Key to Effective
Leadership: Humility First
By David Lazowski & Amy Slotnick

f we were to highlight the
characteristics of most
great leaders, we would
see that while they each
have many unique traits,
they all embody the ability
to listen, to reason, to say no
and to act with passion and
compassion. As leaders
ourselves, we believe leadership
at its core requires selflessness
and the desire to elevate those
around you, along with a clear
roadmap for success.
At Fairway Independent
Mortgage Corporation, we are
continually reminded that in
business we should operate by
an idea suggested in a book
called The Ideal Team Player.
The author, Patrick Lencioni,
suggested that one should be
hungry, humble and smart. We
govern our leadership daily on
that principle. Being hungry in
our business is crucial. A leader

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must always be looking for ways
to improve their business or
team by utilizing company
resources, exploring new
industry tools and by
consistently surrounding
themselves with successful
people they can learn from, and
sharing that knowledge with their
teams. Humble leadership means
more than just being modest
about one's own success or
importance. Humble leadership
means you are continually
showing that you are grateful for
your team and, most importantly,
that each team member is an
integral part of your success.
Lastly, smart leadership is not
about being a subject matter
expert. Being a smart leader
means recognizing talent that
already exists on your team,
providing the support needed to
allow people to step-up, and by
delegating effectively.

"A leader must always be looking for ways to improve
their business or team by utilizing company resources,
exploring new industry tools and by consistently
surrounding themselves with successful people
they can learn from, and sharing that knowledge

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with their teams."
-David Lazowski, Branch Manager and Loan Originator,
Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation

As managers in the New
England region, we are
continually searching for talent
to add to our ever-growing
teams. We do feel it is
important to note that not every
person we hire or that succeeds
in our organization must
embody leadership potential,
but instead every person must
embody the desire to succeed
both for themselves and for the
team. Eric Brown, Fairway's
executive vice president of
Business Development, has 30
years of experience in the
mortgage industry and has
worked closely with several
CEOs over the years. He has
helped us to understand and
appreciate that there are no two
years in the mortgage industry
that are alike. As such, we are
challenged with developing and
maintaining a leadership
philosophy that can survive the
years of abundance, as well as
the years that are lean. The only
constant in this industry

continues to be change and
therefore a unique or special
talent is required to
successfully lead. When looking
for people who are "unique" or
"special" to lead within our
teams, we feel it is imperative
to recognize those people who
are consistently striving to
better themselves and those
they work with, and have the
ability to meet any challenge.
These people may have joined
the organization five years ago
or five months ago, and may be
25- or 65-years-old. We believe
age and tenure do not give
people leadership ability, but
rather, experience and maturity
do. Some are born with these
traits while others develop
them through strong
mentorship and life-experience.
Truly knowing the members
of your team also gives you the
ability to recognize leadership
potential in those who may not
see it in themselves. You may
have to raise their hand for

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