Thinking Differently as You Wrap Up 2015 By Sarah Weaver

Are you surrounding yourself with people who think differently than you? In her TEDtalk, “What it takes to be a great leader,” Roselinde Torres, a leadership expert, says that great leaders understand that having a more diverse network brings success.

Studies show diversity in the office improved communication and teamwork. A diverse work environment can make a business even more successful when their clients are diverse, according to Lawyer and writer Marilyn Lindbald in her article in Houston Chronicle. As realtors know, no buyer or seller is the same. A diverse support staff might be what your team needs to better serve your clients.

Great leaders dare to be different,” Torres said. “They don’t just talk about risk-taking, they actually do it.
— Roselinde Torres, during her TEDTalk

Take the time to think about what your business needs and what type of people could join your team to make you more successful in the coming months. Are you creating a team of people who are readily propelling you to the next level of your business?

Realtors may not be used to being a boss to someone older than them or someone of the opposite sex, race or religion, but Torres would argue that these differences might be what realtors need for their team’s success.

Are you wary of a millennial marketing coordinator because they don’t know the business like you do? That’s great! Allow their differing expertise and yours bring more clients to you. Last year 92-percent of home buyers used the internet in some way during their home search, according to the National Association of Realtors. While 50-percent of buyers used the internet or an app on their smartphone as they searched for a home. Hiring someone from a different background could be just what your business needs to grow in 2016 and adapt to this digital market.

“Great leaders dare to be different,” Torres said. “They don't just talk about risk-taking, they actually do it.”

Are you courageous enough to prepare for the future by equipping your team with diverse thinkers and doers who are ready to take your business farther in 2016?

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About Sarah:

As our dedicated Recruiter, Sarah is responsible for making the initial contact with candidates. She conducts our phone interviews to determine a candidate's’ poise and skill sets. She ensures that our clients only see the “best of the best” out of the candidate pool.

Born in Northern California and raised in Kansas City, Sarah has studied in Italy and in the U.K. and worked in Germany and South Korea. Sarah graduated with honors from the University of Kansas, where she earned a degree Journalism and Mass Communications from the William Allen White School of Journalism and a degree in Global and International Studies.

Sarah’s background in journalism and marketing ensure that she optimizes communications with candidates to bring the best candidates forward.  In her spare time, you’ll find Sarah looking up international flights or perfecting her cold press coffee.