Very relevent issue in the Hamptons. Interestingly enough, several of the major companies out here have consistently had their principals as the top selling brokers year in and year out, even though the agents complain about it, they have stayed with it, because on the other end of the scale, the non-selling brokers are typically just administrators who have very little business savvy.
That, however is changing. One of the majors here is in for a big fall soon because their managers abuse their position and take food out of their agents mouth on a consistent basis.
I agree that a broker should “stay in the game”, but conduct themselves “beyond reproach”, ensuring that there is no question as to where their business came from. md
see this terrific post from the Sellsius blog on When Your Broker Competes