Is your Broker a Leader or a Manager?

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899


Is your Broker a Leader or a Manager?


Do you know the difference between a “Leader” and a “Manager” ? The definition of a Leader is a person who guides or directs a group. The definition of a Manager is a person responsible for controlling or administering all or part of a company or similar organization.


For the longest time I thought these two labels were interchangeable. They are not! Think about your Broker for a minute and what best describes their function.


If it’s a "Manager" I’d be looking for a new Brokerage firm. Our “Leader”, Teresa Recar, is a bright light that shines the way for us...zigging and zagging and nurturing an environment of sharing and gratitude! Our office is made up of agents who love what they do, enjoy giving back to our communities and like to work and play together!


Operating from a transformational perspective, sharing information and data and keeping up on industry trends is a full time commitment. Crediting others with victories and sharing in disappointments goes hand in hand with embracing change and setting new goals to fit our ever changing landscape of real estate.



We are proud to have a colleague in our office moving into the Presidential role of our 2015 Austin Board of Realtors®.  Barb Cooper addressed many topics at our sales meeting covering our new ABOR Facility, change to larger lockboxes and the ever present grab by others outside the industry to take over our position as controlling real estate transactions. She made the comment “If you’re not at the table, you’ll be on the Menu.”  How poignant! Our "Leader" made sure we had this chance to hear all that Barb has to offer in her position and applauds her efforts!


It’s the end of 2014 and soon 2015 will be starting. Are you in the right environment to be successful in real estate? Is your Broker a "Leader "or a "Manager?" It’s a good question to be asking and honestly evaluating your answer. It might be time for a change! You can always call Teresa at 512-343-7550 for a confidential interview. She does make a difference!


If you are reading this and have a home to sell in NW Austin I would be happy to help you. I have a leader for a Broker and we bring a high tech touch to home sales and market your home to millions of customers across the internet and right here in Austin.


I am a recognized professional in NW Austin real estate. I’m a good listener and act, not react to your needs.  I have systems in place, references at hand and proven solutions to getting your home sold. Let’s schedule a time to see if we are a good match. Reach out to me at 512-346-1799 or email at for a free market evaluation. I offer you hands-on Professional guidance for all your real estate needs.


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Bob Ratliff
Robert Ratliff Realty - San Antonio, TX
"Sold with Bob"

Dorie, having a Broker who keeps up with trends in the real estate industry/local and national makes for a great place to work and grow.Teresa sounds like a wonderful Broker and friend.

Dec 12, 2014 09:00 PM #4
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Home and Condo Specialists

Yes, there is a difference Dorie. Nurturing a work environment is so important and not often seen. Seems that yours is a wonderful office to be affiliated with!

Dec 12, 2014 09:12 PM #5
Rob D. Shepherd
Windermere/lane county - Florence, OR
Principal Broker GRI, SRES

This provides some real food for thought. What timing as most are reviewing the business plan.

Dec 12, 2014 09:37 PM #6
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

No matter how much experience we have, we still need a leader.  Nice shout out for Teresa Recar. 

Dec 12, 2014 09:40 PM #7
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Hi Lise: Yes they do!

Hi Bobbie: It makes all the difference in the world to be working with a Leader!

Hi Anita: Same to you!

Hi Bob: She is!

Hi Larry and Sheila: It is!

Hi Rob: It does deserve some serious thinking!

Hi Roger: Yes we do!

Dec 12, 2014 09:46 PM #8
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning Dorie Dillard  I love this post.... even leaders need to be lead....just as mentors need a mentor.....

Dec 12, 2014 10:07 PM #9
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Dorie. Your distinction is accurate and you are lucky to be in the right place with the right leader.

Dec 12, 2014 10:08 PM #10
David Popoff
DMK Real Estate - Darien, CT
Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct

A Leader Inspires you to go to your full potential and then more.

Dec 12, 2014 10:17 PM #11
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Hi Barbara: So true!

Hi Sheila: I do know it!

Hi David: Bingo!

Dec 12, 2014 11:29 PM #12
Dagny Eason
Dagny's Real Estate - Wilton, CT
Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo

Dorie- you are lucky to have a leader like that in your midst.   

Dec 13, 2014 01:21 AM #13
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Hi Dorie, sounds like a terrific office to work in and a very nice shout out for  Teresa Recar.

Dec 13, 2014 02:22 AM #14
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Dorie-Having a wonderful atmosphere to work in makes life much happier and more productive.  Great info on the difference between the two.

Dec 13, 2014 03:08 AM #15
Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

Good afternoon Dorie - you are so fortunate to work in an environment of thought, leadership and transformation and it definitely starts at the top!

Dec 13, 2014 04:02 AM #16
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


This is excellent, leadership is what makes a company gtow, management is often mistaken for leadership...A

Dec 13, 2014 04:49 AM #17
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Dorie, managing is a lot easier than leading.  You can manage even those who do not want to be managed, but you can't lead those who do not want to follow.  Leaders are few.  Managers are a dime a dozen.

Dec 13, 2014 11:04 AM #18
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Hi Dagny: Yes I am!

Hi Rebecca: I know I have a wonderful office!

Hi Sharon: There is a difference!

Hi Joanna: I know I am fortunate!

Hi Alexandra: You are so right!

Hi George: Managers are a dime a dozen!

Dec 13, 2014 11:14 AM #19
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Richmond, TX


 Wonderful blog and you bet there is a differnce, I had a boss who I would do anything for because he was a leader a manager not so much! I hope you are having a great weekend!

Dec 13, 2014 11:16 AM #20
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Yes there is a difference. I would like to add one more into the mix and that is do you respect your broker? Now that is a whole different topic to discuss. You sound like you respect and trust yours.

Dec 14, 2014 10:38 PM #21
John Dunham
Juice Homes, LLC - Austin, TX
N Central Austin

Great posting from a true leader in our industry!

Dec 15, 2014 12:08 AM #22
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Managers and leaders have very different attitudes towards goals and relations with other people. It does not bad to have one or another, they are simply different. 

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