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Leaders Are Givers, Not Takers

David Lykken
Mar 30, 2016

Every Monday for over six years, I have been joined by some of the brightest folks I know for a roundtable discussion on current events in the mortgage industry. I have been blessed to be the moderator of the "Lykken on Lending" podcast, and I have been continually amazed by the massive number of industry professionals who have been willing to set aside their time and offer up their wisdom for the good of the industry.

Regular contributors on the show—such as Joe Farr, Alice Alvey and Andy Schell—all have their separate businesses in the industry. Nevertheless, they set aside some time each week to offer up for free their insights on the industry. Moreover, each week we have a special guest from the industry who steps forward to cover a particular topic. Why do all of these talented leaders practically jump at the opportunity to give away their advice for free? Because that's what leaders do.

The great professionals I've had the opportunity to interview and converse with have shown me what leadership really means. Leadership is all about giving. Leaders are givers, not takers. True leaders don't look at a situation and ask how they can profit from it; they look at the situation and ask how they can help. Coincidentally, the most prosperous people I know are often the most generous. When we show our willingness to help, give graciously to, and serve others, we'll naturally attract success. But the giving always comes first. Before they ever get anything in return, leaders will have given everything they've got.


David Lykken, a 43-year veteran of the mortgage industry, is president of Transformational Mortgage Solutions (TMS), a management consulting firm that provides transformative business strategies to owners and “C-Level” executives via consulting, executive coaching and various communications strategies. He is a frequent guest on FOX Business News and hosts his own weekly podcast called “Lykken On Lending” heard Monday’s at 1:00 p.m. ET at David’s phone number is (512) 759-0999 and his e-mail is [email protected].


Mar 30, 2016