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REALTOR® members who have leadership experience at the local and/or state level, but have not yet been actively involved at the national level, should apply to the Leadership Academy. The Academy is focused on developing participants' institutional, industry, and association knowledge.

REALTOR® members with demonstrated leadership abilities, and who are passionate about the industry and the issues, are encouraged to apply. Applicants often possess formal training from a local or state REALTOR® association, a JD, MBA, community or military leadership program(s); in lieu of formal training, be prepared to describe an incident or activity that had the most impact on your development as a leader. Consideration also will be given to applicants who demonstrate an ability to contribute to diversity based on age, gender, ethnicity, geography, specialty, etc.

You may be overqualified if you:

  • Serve(d) as chairman on two or more NAR committees
  • Serve(d) as NAR RVP
  • Serve(d) on NAR Executive Committee
  • Serve(d) on NAR Leadership Team or Extended Leadership Team
  • Serve(d) as NAR committee liaison

Participants are selected through a committee process by an Advisory Board that reports to the Leadership Team. After selection by the board, candidates will be interviewed by board members at the midyear meetings and notified at the same time as committee appointments. Responses to industry challenges and leadership aspirations are given careful consideration, as they reflect personal point of view and vision.

The 2016 Leadership Academy application process is open until March 31, 2015.