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The Nevada State Apartment Association (NSAA) is a non-profit organization who provides the Nevada multi-housing industry with legislative support, education and community outreach to benefit our membership and the communities we serve. The NSAA is devoted to supporting the diversity, integrity and ever-changing environment of the multi-family industry. We are devoted to you.

It's About Teamwork

Great Quotes and the Meanings Behind Them
The Nevada State Apartment Association (NSAA) recently completed an exercise at our 2012 Annual Board Retreat. This exercise introduces the topic of leadership and encourages each Board Member to make a personal statement about his or her understanding of what makes a good leader. We placed thoughtful leadership quotes on the walls. The quotes touched on different aspects of leadership; in short, they had a variety of different meanings. We asked the Board of Directors to leave their chairs and walk around the room reading each of the quotes (in no particular order). Then have them stand by one quote that resonates well with their personal views on what makes a good leader. When all Board of Directors selected a quote we had each Director explain to the group why his or her chosen quote is important to them -- share their leadership insight. Here were the quotes, who wrote them and what they meant:

You can judge a person’s character by the way he treats people who can’t help him or hurt him.
- Anonymous

• Character says everything about a person, you either have it or you don’t. You can’t fake it.

• Treat others with respect.
• Coach and bring out the best in everyone.
• Stand by your team.

It’s not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are.
- Roy Disney

• Values are important in your personal life as well.

• It is a great feeling to know that other people are thinking “what would she do”.
• Values make it easier to make decisions, and the right ones.
• Make sure that your CD’s know what you want and preach it.

Few things can help an individual more than to place responsibility on him, and to let him know that you trust him.
– Booker T. Washington

• Trust – if you fail, someone can help pick you back up.

• Loose the ego.
• Trust your associates. They will make mistakes and trust that they will learn from them.

First-rate people hire first-rate people; second-rate people hire third-rate people.
– Leo Rosten

• We’ve all had bad hiring experiences.

• Even though you are frustrated and overwhelmed, strive to hire the right person.
• The 2nd rate person will reveal themselves in the end.
• Don’t make emotional decisions.
• Don’t create problems by hiring the wrong person.

It is our responsibilities, not ourselves that we should take seriously.
– Peter Ustinov

• Laughter is the spice of life.

• Motivate people, create loyalties.

The way to get things done is to not mind who gets the credit of doing them.
– Benjamin Jowett

• It doesn’t matter how things get done, the end result is what matters.

• It is all about the team.
• You can learn so much from others, don’t be intimidated.

Discipline is the soul of an army.
– George Washington

• Discipline creates a better person.

Nothing will ever be attempted, if all possible objections must be first overcome.
– Samuel Johnson

• If you put a challenge out there and you don’t know all of setbacks or know how or when you are going to get there … just get started.

The difficult we do immediately; the impossible takes a little longer.
– Slogan of the United States Army Services Forces

• There is nothing we can’t accomplish as a team.

Feel free to use this exercise with your teams, it is a great team builder and ice breaker to see where your team stands.