Taking it Seriously: Being an Agent (and a Woman) and Navigating Both Worlds

Real estate agents face enough problems as is. There are many scrupulous details involved with being an agent, and it can be a whole lot to juggle. These problems are exasperated if the real estate agent is a woman. They just are. It seems that the cultural discussion about women’s rights, fair pay, and other big conversations are floating about in the mainstream. There is no better time than now to discuss these matters as a female real estate agent.

The conversation often turns to defense. How does a woman defend herself in a professional manner without falling into one of two seriously destructive areas? And should this even be a conversation? Why should women be concerned?

The Boss

Women can take a defensive approach that can be aggressive. Men can as well, of course. But, women are often labeled “bossy” and the term does nothing but devalues their argument. If a woman comes across as especially aggressive, it can seem like a weakness. Men may try to respond with even more aggression because they are caught off-guard or are trying to assert their professionalism. Either way, it is a treacherous direction to move, and it could explode on everyone involved.

The Passive

It isn’t hard to see how the alternative approach is equally as difficult. It is hard for any woman professional to assert some kind of control over her fate in a situation where she is passive and quiet. The comment “I’m sorry” is a perfect example of how women often just accept a mistake and take in any and all repercussions. There is nothing wrong with admitting fault. But, in business, an admittance with open arms can lead to disaster.

There is in-between for being passive and being the boss when responding to a lawsuit, a claim of fraud, an angry client, a troubled deal, and many other scenarios that are common in the field. Now, all of the above concerns can be reflected in men. The website at www.mscareergirl.com looks at how these concerns differ for women and recognizes that being a professional, no matter the field or the gender, is a difficult path.