• The real estate is, at its core, run by entrepreneurs.
  • Real estate agents should be proud of the multiple skills they need to succeed in the industry.

Barbara Wichman Barbara Wichman is godmother to the daughter of her real estate agent. "We consider her a member of our family," said the new vice president of talent development at Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, an exclusive network of independent brokerages. That's what can happen when you have a great agent who gets you, understands your needs and does her job with passion and creativity, she said. It creates a bond of trust. "Homebuying is a personal and emotional experience. To have someone working with you, with such focus and amazing qualities, is really important to have a positive experience." In her new role at LeadingRE, Wichman will oversee learning policies, programs and the talent development strategy for LeadingRE, whose members comprise 525 i...