Leadership From My Point Of View on Real Estate

Real Estate Agent with DFW FINE PROPERTIES 0506509

This is the view as I see it, outside my hotel window at the Omni Hotel in Fort Worth, Texas on the night of September 15, 2022. I am mesmerized by the lights, architecture, and the history of Texas real estate from where it began and where we are today.

Being in the real estate industry is one of the most fascinating subjects to talk about. Everyone is talking about it. Here at the 2022 Shaping Texas REALTORS® Conference, I am in awe by leaders who helped shaped others and myself into the professionals we are today. Learning is continuous. Education never ends. I am here because I am a member of the Texas REALTORS® Professional Development Committee, and one of thousands of volunteers who signed up to serve over the years. 

Being an advocate for the TEXAS Realtors® Professional Development Committee is something I don't take lightly. To serve is an honor and a privilege. Day is done. I'm alone with this beautiful view thinking about what my years in the business has taught me and what I feel compelled to share. 


The 21st anniversary of September 11th has come and gone. Back then, I wasn't even thinking about becoming a REALTOR®. My trajectory was on Corporate America, and I was in the home stretch of completing my MBA at the University of Dallas. But on the evening of 9/11, my Professor said, Everything I taught you about leadership; everything every President, Commander in the Air Forces, Army, and Military Branch learned about leadership is no longer applicable. We must never stop learning. Problem solving is continuous. Books and teachers don't teach us everything. We must learn to adapt to change without changing our core values. Think critically. Discover truth from fabrication. The most important lesson I learned was to always be ready, prepared, willing and able to learn when the path you are on opens up a strategic shift. 

Fast forward to September 15, 2022. Our world is still changing. I clearly remember the professor's words. Close your books and open your mind. Answers to your questions have not been published. Become involved, is what he said. And get to know the people around you but don't believe everything you hear. Be an advocate for the truth. Serve others well, to the best of your abilities, even if that means referring others to people with better expertise and experiences. This begs the question --- can we trust what we Google?

This beautiful view outside my window resonates the truth. Even when things look the same as they did years ago, many changes have occurred; and no matter what lessons we learned; the world is still changing. It is still in leadership crisis in practically every area of our life. Strong leaders are in high demand. The rules, policies, procedures, and courses have changed a lot, but the premise is the same. People still need REALTORS® to be their beacon of light when it comes to buying, selling, or investing in Real Estate. And yes. People need people. Humans. Technology and artificial intelligence are interesting and fun! But does it touch your human spirit the same way people connect with real people?


Even REALTORS® need other REALTORS®. As the world turns and challenges are many, REALTORS® from out of state depend on REALTORS® who are local at the state, city, county, and national level when it comes to ethics, knowledge, and expertise to serve people moving into Texas. My last three local listings attracted Buyer's Agents from the States of Washington, Oregon, and California. Local skills are necessary. Trust matters. Seasoned Agents are interested in providing their clients with the best REALTORS® when making referrals. 

I cannot deny, leadership becomes of paramount importance to all people, especially to those buying or selling real estate. Leadership is not one-dimensional. It requires deep thinking, understanding, and most of all listening to what others hope to achieve. Being involved in Leadership is eye-opening and being all ears to the ground is just the beginning --- Patricia Feager


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MBA (University of Dallas)
(Bachelors of Arts & Science)
Paralegal (Southeastern Career Institute)
Associates (3) (College of Lake County)
KU (University of Kansas)


CRS (Certified Residential Specialist)
SRES (Certified Senior Residential Specialist)
PSA (Certified Pricing Strategies; Mastering the CMA)
CRS (Certified Military Relocation Specialist)
RENE (Real Estte Negotitions Expert)

"With self-discipline most anything is possible." --- Theodore Roosevelt 





Comments (16)

Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Patricia what a powerful post and   fantastic photo, I agree with almost every word you wrote. On a side note please check your spam folder a while ago I wrote an email to you via AR .... and today someone sent me a message via AR and it was in my Junk folder...Endre

Sep 15, 2022 10:25 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Thanks, Endre Barath, Jr. - I replied through contacts. As always, I appreciate your comments. 

Sep 17, 2022 04:43 PM
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

Beautiful Post full of Truth. Keep shining  Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP 

We must never stop learning or caring enough to make a difference. And no, we can't trust Google!!

Been thinking about you and hoping all is well with you and yours. 

Sep 16, 2022 01:05 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Debra Leisek - As of this morning, she is out of the woods and recovering. The unexpected roads we take are unpredictable. She is a survivor and I got to talk to her today. 

Strength and power comes from family and never ending education. I trust all is well with you? I wish only the best for you and your loved ones too. You're a great friend. 

Sep 17, 2022 04:46 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Patricia,

I love your post, so well written and love the photos..fits perfectly with what yu were saying! Good for you for stepping up and being involved, always learning and listening..serves you well and your clients.

Sep 16, 2022 04:37 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Dorie Dillard Austin TX- here in Texas, we are fortunate to have a strong TX REALTORS® Association with well qualified Instructors who teach and keep us current. The information provided is all about learning and forever learning Best Practices. I wish you could have been there to meet with me in person. 

Sep 17, 2022 04:50 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Excellent post (as always). Learning is continuous. Education never ends. People need people. Trust matters.

Enjoy the rest of your conference!

Sep 16, 2022 04:44 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Kat Palmiotti - Thank you. I know how important education is to you and thankful we met up in Montana for some great education in your home state too. I need people like you in my life. Until we meet again, I remain grateful. 

Sep 17, 2022 04:52 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Patricia... what a wonderfully thought out post. And you've captured the essence of how we should approach our profession with these words:

"Close your books and open your mind. Answers to your questions have not been published. Become involved, is what he said. And get to know the people around you but don't believe everything you hear. Be an advocate for the truth. Serve others well, to the best of your abilities, even if that means referring others to people with better expertise and experiences."

Sep 16, 2022 04:46 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Nina Hollander, Broker - When it comes to meeting people, you're on my bucket list. You are gracious and kind and always supportive. Thank you!

Sep 17, 2022 04:54 PM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

That is definitely a nice view and the big city lights look nice at night.  I love that you are always staying educating and improving yourself as an agent.  Your clients are so lucky!

Sep 16, 2022 05:33 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Brian England - I am grateful I got to meet you and your parents. As an educator, your mom is extra special and as parents they raised you right. I am lucky I had that opportunity and look forward to doing it again. 

Sep 17, 2022 04:56 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Patricia. Learning is continuous. When I became knowledgeable on a subject, I would teach it and take questions. It was an opportunity to find out what I did not know and learned during the course. Enjoy your day.

Sep 16, 2022 05:57 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Wayne Martin - Our Chicago connection is powerful. You are so understanding and wise. I appreciate your wisdom and comments that are always meaningful and inspiring. I hope life is pleasant and peaceful for you always.  

Sep 17, 2022 04:58 PM
Eileen Burns
Trans State Commercial RE Ft. Lauderdale/Miami/Palm Beach - Fort Lauderdale, FL
FLorida Real Estate Connector

Wise words Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP We must learn to adapt to change without changing our core values. It does not matter if you are an early or late adapter so long as you adapt 

Sep 16, 2022 06:30 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Eileen Burns - thank you for all your insightful comments and blog posts too! Getting to know you via ActiveRain is a wonderful gift. 

Sep 17, 2022 05:01 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Leadership, especially quality leadership is important in so many arenas of life.  Schools, corporations, governments.  A lack of quality in those areas can lead to failures we may not endure.  I agree with you about learning.  It is a lifelong endeavor.  And, doing so with an open mind, to allow for beneficial change is important too!

Sep 16, 2022 07:39 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Myrl Jeffcoat - Although we never met, I know with certainty that if the opportunity arose, I would be honored to meet you. Your life experiences as a result of so many years in the real estate business and as a retired REALTOR® has been rewarding because of the knowledge you shared over the years. You have never been arrogant; always kind. You continuously spread seeds of wisdom, gorgeous photos of your travels, and good advice to those still in the real estate business. You are good for my soul! Thank you. 

Sep 17, 2022 05:06 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Patricia, on having this blog FEATURED in the PHOTOS group!

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Sep 16, 2022 07:40 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Myrl Jeffcoat - Thank you for the feature in the PHOTOS Group! I appreciate it very much. May you always be surrounded in beauty with family and loved ones. I really enjoy reading your blog. There is always something interesting to read!

Sep 17, 2022 05:08 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Patricia being a good leader requires many skills, of which being able to listen, think quickly, and being able to adapt to ever changing work environment are among the qualities at the top for me.

Sep 16, 2022 11:50 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

George Souto - Amen! Listening skills is hard work. I am always working on that one and I still have a lot to learn. Your comments are always refreshing and helpful. I think it's in your birthright to be a virtual educator. Your knowledge in the Mortgage industry is so valuable to me. Thank you, George. 

Sep 17, 2022 05:11 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Very thoughtful and insightful post Patricia!  I remember my Mom saying since I was a kid - "When you're through learning - you're through". And she meant it!  Never stop learning and never stop listening to others.  I'm glad you're at the convention!

Sep 16, 2022 01:35 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker - Something I will never forget is just how close I got to W. Clement Stone when I interviewed with him at his company in Chicago and discovered many years later that you were fortunate to learn from him. I hope you write about the pearls of wisdom you learned from W. Clement Stone because we all need to be educated by some of the greats. Also, your mom sounds like she was wonderful and the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. It would have to be a very good reason why I wouldn't attend the convention and I always feel I come back feeling prouder, more educated, and happier for the experience. Real Estate is not as easy as some consumers think. I promise, I will never stop learning. Thanks, Anna. 

Sep 17, 2022 05:16 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Patricia:

What a wonderful, insightful post on Leadership! Thank you for your service, and to all who are serving or have served in our industry. There are many ways to participate.


Sep 16, 2022 04:26 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Jeff Dowler, CRS - I will always be thankful for our visit when you came to Grapevine, TX with so many amazing CRS's. Sitting there in the lobby talking to you was such a wonderful experience. You have so much education, life experiences, and so much to give to your clients and ordinary people. I love your kind and sunny disposition. It was great working with you on the contest. For you, I will always be grateful.  

Sep 17, 2022 05:20 PM
Dr. Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

I'm here as well. Hopefully, I will run into you. Have a blessed day.

Sep 17, 2022 08:48 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Paula, have a blessed day!

Sep 17, 2022 05:21 PM
Buzz Mackintosh
Mackintosh REALTORS - Frederick, MD
“Experience, reliable, leadership”

What a wonderful post, Serving & volunteering for leadership positions truly expands your knowledge and the networking connections you make are worth their weight in gold. I have served in many capacities in leadership over the years and continue to do so. Thank you Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP   for giving so much back to the industry!

Sep 17, 2022 09:02 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Buzz Mackintosh - The first time I started reading your blog posts and comments I knew you were special. Thank you for your many leadership roles and willingness to share information that is so wise,, wonderful, and worthy to know. When you sow seeds of wisdom, they spread and grow. Thank you, Buzz. 

Sep 17, 2022 05:23 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Thank you to ActiveRain Real Estate Network and ActiveRain Member Support for providing this platform. I appreciate the FEATURE too! Behind the scenes you work tirelessly, always there to support the membership. Always and forever, I am grateful. 

Sep 17, 2022 05:25 PM
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Sep 17, 2022 06:44 PM