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Accountability vs. Motivation: Which is More Important Now?

As a leader, you need to focus more on systems and processes and let your agents determine their own ways of ensuring accountability and motivation.

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Adam Hergenrother is the founder and CEO of Livian. He believes that business is a personal growth conduit and embraces the company’s vision to Love How You Live. When he’s not leading and growing his organizations, you can find Adam either in the mountains or out in nature with his wife and three children.

In the real estate industry, the terms accountability and motivation are thrown around like confetti in Times Square on New Year’s Eve. Hey, I’m guilty of it, too, from time to time. They sound like productivity’s secret ingredients for success. They are the leadership philosophies that sometimes end up promoting more talk than walk.

Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with accountability or motivation. Yet, neither one is truly effective unless the individual is an accountable person and a self-motivated individual. You see, we often think that accountability and motivation are something we do to and for other people. But that’s not the case. Accountability and motivation are self-driven.

What is most important for real estate agents right now is prescription, not description. We are in a skills-based market, where the most educated, skilled, and savvy real estate agents will come out on top.

As a leader in the real estate industry, working with your team on the following will help you stay one step ahead of the market:

Focus on the numbers that matter

For our teams, that means being crystal clear on signing something, selling something, or setting an appointment every day, and adding five new contacts to their database each week. That’s all that matters.

Master the market

Whether you provide it for your team, or you are an independent agent, make sure you are studying the national real estate and economic markets, as well as your local area. Being able to interpret that information for clients and customers is critical.

Practice sales conversations

Now is not the time to rest on your laurels. Set aside time daily to practice different sales conversations, negotiation techniques, objection handling, and more. The more you practice various scenarios, the more confident and prepared you will be to engage in any conversation that comes your way. Everyone is a buyer, seller, or investor, they just may not know it yet.

Accountability and motivation are great. But what is more important right now is for leaders to be incredibly prescriptive with their agents and team members. You handle the “to-dos” and let the individual handle the accountability and motivation — the “how” they get it done.

BY Adam Hergenrother

January 17, 2022

Randy Byrd, Team Leader & Coach

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