Management Academy Provides Industrial Focus

Leadership Academy Adds Commercial Focus

One way people can become strong leaders is by learning from others. For the past 12 years, the National Association of REALTORS® Leadership Academy has identified, inspired, and mentored emerging leaders. The academy participants improve their leadership skills and learn about institutional, industrial and association-related topics.

Spots for commercial professionals

Now, NAR has added a commercial focus to the academy's curriculum, and for the 2022 class, three slots are dedicated to members dealing with commercial real estate. The application deadline for class 2022 starts on December 2nd, 2020. Now is the time to consider applying.

"We want commercial real estate professionals to see the same value in NAR as private professionals," said Charlie Oppler, NAR President-elect for 2020 who was instrumental in making the change. Oppler, Chief Operating Officer of Prominent Properties Sotheby & # 39; s International Realty in Tenafly, New Jersey, recently announced a new trade conference that will be held in 2021. The participants of the Leadership Academy experience many facets of leadership and define their personal leadership style. The academy has eight sessions that combine interactive online and face-to-face experiences. The sessions take place at your own pace and extend over a period of three weeks. Participants have exclusive access to a library of more than 600 “microvideos” with more than 40 nationally recognized industry leaders. In addition, special guests host live online office hours.

The National Committee's experience is a great path to leadership, explains Oppler, but the Academy accelerates that process and provides a supportive environment for growth. “The participants are all there for the same purpose, instead of sitting on a committee of 80 or 100 people. Everyone is the same, ”he says.

What are the qualifications?

REALTORS® are encouraged to apply if they have leadership experience at the local or state level but have not been actively involved at the national level and have demonstrated leadership and passion for the industry and issues. Applicants often have completed formal leadership training from a local or state REALTOR ® association, a doctor of law or a Master of Business Administration degree, or a community or military leadership program.

Applicants should prepare to describe an incident or activity that most affected their development as a leader. Responses to industry challenges and leadership needs are carefully weighed as they reflect personal point of view and vision. Other factors include applicants' ability to contribute to diversity based on age, gender, ethnicity, geographic location and specialty.

learn more

The academy participants are selected from the pool of applicants by the NAR Leadership Academy Advisory Group. Students pay a $ 1,000 tuition fee that covers course materials and other costs. Further information on the program and the selection criteria can be found on the Leadership Academy landing page. Or email questions to


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