Celebrating excellence: Siva shares his vast experience in real estate

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A conversation with the Chief Executive of the Year Award winner

By Joseph Wong

In the dynamic realm of real estate, where innovation meets tradition, the StarProperty Awards 2023 Realtor Edition saw, for the first time, the prestigious Chief Executive of the Year Award bestowed upon an individual whose impact reverberates through the industry. This exclusive conversation delves into the insights, experiences and strategies of the distinguished awardee, who stands as the Rahim & Co International real estate agency chief executive officer.

Step into the world of real estate leadership excellence with this exclusive conversation with Siva Shanker – a testament to the dedication, passion and transformative leadership that defines the awardee’s remarkable career.

How does it feel to receive such a prestigious honour?

“It is an immense honour and a significant milestone in my career. To be the first recipient of this esteemed award is a privilege that I cherish deeply. It feels like a befitting culmination of my 40-year journey in the real estate sector, marking both a personal and professional achievement. 

“This recognition by The Star, a prestigious publication, is deeply humbling. It affirms the hard work, dedication, and commitment that I have poured into my profession over the years. I am truly grateful for this award and see it as a testament to the contributions and impact I have made in the real estate industry.”

Can you tell us more about the key strategies and initiatives that you believe led to your success and recognition with this award?

“My success and recognition in receiving this award stem from a comprehensive approach that combines a wealth of experience with a steadfast commitment to excellence. Over the years, I've had the privilege of working across both the real estate agency and corporate sectors, gaining invaluable insights from leading local and international property consultancies. This diverse exposure has been crucial in shaping my strategic outlook. I have always prioritised ethical practices and customer satisfaction, believing that integrity is key in our industry. 

“Another key factor has been my active involvement in the Malaysian Institute of Estate Agents. Serving as both a council member and as president in 2013/2015, I spearheaded various initiatives to enhance the real estate profession. This involvement not only broadened my perspective but also allowed me to contribute meaningfully to the industry. My leadership approach is characterised by strategic foresight and a proactive stance, which has consistently driven positive outcomes and innovations within the organisations I've been part of.”

What do you think sets you apart as a recipient of the Award? 

“What sets me apart as a Chief Executive of the Year Award is my hands-on experience across various aspects of this sector, combined with a deep-rooted passion for mentoring and nurturing future professionals. My commitment to furthering the real estate profession has always been at the forefront of my endeavours. 

“My leadership style is underpinned by principles of transparency, integrity, and an unwavering commitment to excellence. These qualities have not only shaped my career but also allowed me to positively influence those around me. I firmly believe that a leader's role extends beyond business achievements; it involves fostering a culture of growth, learning and ethical practice in the industry.”

How have you contributed to the growth and success of your company?

“My focus has been on leveraging the collective strengths of my team and navigating through challenges with resilience. I firmly believe in the capabilities and perseverance of my team, which has been the backbone of our success. I have invested significant effort in nurturing the next generation of leaders. Recognising the importance of youth and fresh perspectives, I have concentrated on young talent and training, ensuring a sustainable leadership pipeline for the future.

“Moreover, I initiated a revamp and rebranding of several departments within our estate agency business unit. This strategic move was aimed at streamlining our activities and creating better value for our clients, thereby strengthening our market position.”

What advice would you give to aspiring real estate professionals?

“For aspiring real estate professionals looking to achieve recognition and success, my advice would be to focus on building a robust foundation of industry knowledge while nurturing professional relationships. The real estate landscape is dynamic and complex, hence, having a solid understanding of its nuances is crucial. Cultivating a mindset of continuous learning is essential, as it allows you to stay relevant and adaptable to changing market conditions.”

What are your next goals or projects in the real estate sector?

“Going forward, my goal is to build the agency team at Rahim & Co into one of the most successful agency teams in the country. Additionally, I aspire to take up a regional or international leadership role. Exploring opportunities to expand my influence and contribute to the real estate sector on a larger scale is a fervent wish of mine. This aspiration aligns with my long-standing commitment to professional growth and industry leadership.

“I am deeply grateful to Tan Sri Rahim Abdul Rahman for entrusting me with the leadership of the estate agency at Rahim & Co. His discipline and dedication to the profession, despite his seniority, continue to inspire me daily. These individuals have been pillars of support, guiding me through various phases of my career.”


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