4 ways we can all be better leaders this season
Our teams work with some of the best real estate professionals in our markets, and we appreciate our relationship with you. As the calendar creeps into August, it got us thinking about two things – going back to school and football.
That’s why this blog covers learning how to become a better leader – no matter how big your team is. After all, it was legendary football coach Vince Lombardi who once said, “Leaders aren’t born, they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work.”
Lucky for us, the movers and shakers of the real estate world have accumulated a wealth of knowledge on this topic. From their collective wisdom, we’ve distilled four critical leadership tips that can help revolutionize your approach to the real estate business.
Create a clear vision with measured, attainable goals. Let’s talk about setting goals. It’s always important to have a plan. So, what do you want to achieve? What are your team’s strengths and weaknesses? What are the opportunities and challenges in the real estate market? Once you clearly understand these factors, you can start to set goals for your team. Remember, your goals should be SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound). For example, your goal might be to increase your team’s sales by 20% in the next year.
Be a good role model. The best leaders both guide and inspire those around them. By setting a good example, show them what it means to be a successful real estate agent. The old adages about doing, not telling, apply here. Be professional, hardworking and always willing to help others; be someone your team can admire and respect. For example, if you want your team to be more organized, you must be organized yourself first.
Don’t forget to delegate. Being hardworking doesn’t mean doing everything yourself. Delegate tasks to your team members and give them the authority and freedom to make decisions. On the flip side, provide clear expectations and instructions before handing off a task. There’s a fine line between empowering your team and setting them up for failure.
Stay positive and supportive. We talk about this a lot, but it’s important to encourage and celebrate the successes of those around you. Fostering a team environment where everyone feels valued and motivated is key. Be sure to congratulate team members on successful closings and offer constructive feedback for mistakes.
These insights aren’t just tips. They are valuable tools to hone your leadership style that can help your team tackle any obstacle in their way. Real estate is a personal business for anyone involved, and as your trusted title and escrow provider, our teams are here to ensure you keep building your foundation of success.