September 2020 Newsletter Leaders need Leaders

Leaders need leaders


I remember watching the funeral of Congressman John Lewis and listening to what people said about him in their eulogies. Their words reminded me of what it means to be a good leader. The capacity to motivate and inspire other people is important for anyone in a leadership position, even if they’re not involved in politics. You need leadership skills if you’re a parent raising children, a teacher or principal at a school, or an assistant manager, department head, manager, or owner of a company. John Lewis was a passionate man and a strong role model, and his leadership will forever be documented in our history books.


“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.”  – John Wooden


When I was the CEO of DEEB Realty I had to learn how to be a leader on the job. My family was not involved in real estate, and nobody ever handed me a manual on how to run a company. I had no experience with leadership when I started my company, so I had to rely on common sense. I felt like I was a good leader some days and a not-so-good leader on other days. If I could go back and do it all over again, I would put a higher priority on being a good leader and spend more time learning how to do it. I was fortunate to have many people in my firm that I considered leaders, and I learned from them. I needed them. Leaders need leaders.


Leaders are supposed to teach us how to become better at what we do and who we are. Not just to be more successful in business, but to be better people. We can all get a chance to be a leader if we truly want to do it. I believe anytime we are responsible for making a decision that affects others, then we are a leader. Your title may not indicate that you are in a leadership position, but you still have the ability to teach and inspire others.


“The single biggest way to impact an organization is to focus on leadership development. There is almost no limit to the potential of an organization that recruits good people, raises them up as leaders and continually develops them.”
John Maxwell


Leaders are charged with keeping us excited about life and our careers. Reality can sometimes be brutal and filled with challenges, and that’s when a leader steps in to pick us back up.  Leaders treat others with respect, not just some of the time but ALL OF THE TIME, regardless of each person’s status in life or position in the company.


There’s no better time than today to ask yourself whether the leaders in your life are having a positive impact, no matter what their role might be. They could be friends, family members, supervisors, or co-workers. If you feel that there is room for improvement, maybe a little nudge from you might encourage them to become better leaders. Most of the good leaders I know want constructive criticism so they can become better at what they do. Leaders need leaders.


“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”
John Quincy Adams


When I consult with clients who are in leadership positions, we talk about a great many things. However, we spend most of our time exploring the essential qualities and characteristics of a good leader. One of the most important is passion. If leaders are not passionate about what they do, then how can they inspire us to be passionate?


Leaders share their vision. They paint a picture of what the goal will look like once we all get there, and they tell stories in which their people are the main characters. Leaders are not afraid to change direction and go down a different path if it’s likely to bring a better result, and they’re willing to take recommendations from their team.


Leaders care more than is deemed necessary. They are authentic, and they are not afraid to show empathy towards others and to let their team see them in a vulnerable light.


Now, more than ever, we need positive role models who will constantly remind us to do the right thing and to be sensitive to the needs of others.


In these unprecedented times, let us also be more aware of the needs of people in leadership roles. Leaders need leaders just as much as their people need them. We all have something to contribute.


If not now, then when? And if not you, then who?


Van Deeb is recognized as an authority in sales, customer service, and leadership. His proven methods and techniques helped Van build one of the largest real estate companies in the country, growing his business from just himself to an agency with 350 associates. Invite Van to present a workshop, keynote, or event at your company. Contact Van at his direct line: 402-680-8448, through email:, or on the Web at

What People in the Audience are Saying…

With Van's passion, humor and experience you can be assured of one thing- your audience is going to get fired-up, built-up, and fully charged –up. As an entrepreneur at the top of his game Van is in the unique position of being able to "talk the talk" because he has "walked the walk". Over the years he has been a great inspiration to me and my staff. Van is a speaker with charisma, humility and impact and he's a difference maker in the lives of the people he touches…"

—George Akers // President, First Mortgage Corp.

I wanted to thank you for coming and speaking with our company today. I thought your presentation was awesome! I was really motivated and inspired by your thoughts and ideas. I will use this motivation to grow my business and my personal life.”

—Justin Pauls // Realtor, Tampa, Florida

We are delighted you will be accepting the award for Omaha’s Top 25 fastest growing companies. Congratulations on your outstanding growth and we wish you continued success.”

—Tracey Fortina // Omaha Chamber of Commerce

Thank you for running such a class act company. It is an honor and a pleasure to be associated with someone such as yourself. I know you are probably one of the most respected businessmen in the region.”

—Dustin Talacko // Realtor, Omaha, Nebraska

Congratulations on writing “Selling from the heart” and thank you for sharing a copy with me. Your class has been one of the most enjoyable classes I’ve ever taken. Your enthusiasm and passion for your work are awesome. But the most refreshing part of the class was your delightful sense of humor. Thank you again for being a fantastic teacher.”

—Linda Reismeiler // Student at Randall School of Real Estate, Omaha, Nebraska

Kudos to you, Van, for reaching a major goal. But more than that...For successfully building one of Omaha’s best companies from scratch and making it thrive even in less than ideal market conditions. You have realized the American Dream...And brought it home to many, many others. My best to you!”

—Todd Andrews, Anchor and Producer, KETV Omaha

Having you here again was such a blessing to so many! As I looked at the pictures, I could see just how interested each and every person was in what you had to say!

This has been such a gift to our agents when they need it the most. The fact that you come, you are so genuine and caring, you are so honest, you are not trying to sell anything and your passion to help each and every person believe in themselves and become the best they can be is HUGE! The timing is perfect for us all helping and caring about each other, so, thank YOU from the bottom of my heart for giving of yourself to help all of us!”

—Carolyn Summerton // First Mortgage Company of Idaho

I enjoyed your seminar and its focus. I was on the fence whether or not to attend and decided why not? I could have sat through an all day session if there was one, usually I end up at the seminars that start with a focus and quickly go astray. I found with yours time flew by too fast and it was already time to go but I wasn’t ready to go.”

—Scott Asbill, CDPE // Associate Broker, Realtor