Magazine article Journal of Property Management

President's Letter

Magazine article Journal of Property Management

President's Letter

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Sustaining Our Industry-One Person at a Time At some point in our personal and professional lives, many of us have been fortunate enough to have had a mentor. Whether it was the teacher or coach who taught us to strive for excellence or the first boss or senior co-worker who shared experience and support as we struggled with that first property budget, we owe at least a part of our success to the willingness of others to share their knowledge and help set us on the right path.

Today, as industry consolidations create larger and larger companies with greater and greater pressure on individual performance, it is more important than ever that we do not lose sight of our role as mentors to the next generation of real estate managers. Whether we are encouraging a hardworking site manager to further her education or supporting a star regional manager as he undertakes a difficult turnaround, our willingness to give of ourselves and to make the resources of our company and our association available to these individuals will pay dividends both personally and for our companies.

But true mentoring involves more than just an occasional encouraging word or tuition reimbursement. It requires a real personal commitment to support and sustain the career efforts of another. A mentor does not wait for someone else-the company, the government, the association chapter-to take the initiative. Instead, he or she acts as trusted counselor and guide, providing encouragement, direction, and motivation. This willingness to get involved, to personally decide to make something happen is the mark of the mentor-and of the true leader. …

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