A leader leads a group or organization. To be a leader, you need to be willing to take control and direct others. Many agents believe they do not need to be leaders, but they just need to do their jobs well. It is easy to concentrate on your own business and not worry about others. The problem with this philosophy is that if an experienced agent does not lead and train new agents, the industry will not grow. Every experienced agent today had/has a mentor who helped them get to where they are. In the real estate industry, each transaction can be different. An agent grows through their experiences; many of which cannot be taught in a classroom. If an effective leader assists in the process, it can be a successful learning experience.
Being a leader has its benefits. An authentic leader will build meaningful relationships. Your work will reflect your skills and values. Leadership can build strong relationships. The support from others will typically lead to success. A leader will strengthen their self-awareness by knowing their strengths, and weaknesses. When you invest in someone, they will invest in you. It is a win - win situation. Good leadership reaps higher levels of productivity, which creates profits for all involved.
A good leader understands that success is more than themselves and their team. Giving back is a great leadership example. Lead through organizational boards and volunteer positions. Volunteering in the community is rewarding both personally and professionally. A good leader knows when to lead and when to follow. If you make it a habit of surrounding yourself with others who are smarter than you, you will continuously grow, which will give you the ability to be a more effective leader.
Sow into others as you will both reap the harvest and the cycle will continue.