Leadership Development Resources

Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things. (Peter F. Drucker)

This page contains a variety of articles, tips and practical examples for those wishing to develop their leadership skills or simply to improve the skills they already possess. 

E – EBSCO articles available for NAR members only. Password can be found on the EBSCO Access Information page.

Professional Designations for Ass​ociation Executives

  • Visit the RCE home page for details on the REALTOR® Association Certified Executive (RCE) designation.
  • Visit the ASAE CAE page for details on the Certified Association Executive (CAE) program.

Leadership E​ssentials From NAR

Become a Balanced Leader, Exercise Your Influence (REALTOR® AE Magazine, May 4, 2018)

Build Better Communications, Practice Being Present (REALTOR® AE Magazine, Feb. 16, 2018)

A Leader With a Well-Rounded Approach (REALTOR® AE Magazine, Feb. 16, 2018)

Leaving a Legacy of Leadership (REALTOR® AE Magazine, Jul. 28, 2017)

Build Culture, Lead With Passion (REALTOR® AE Magazine, Jul. 28, 2017)

Become an Inspiring Leader (REALTOR® AE Magazine, May 15, 2017)

What Makes a Good Leader?

Accelerating Leadership Development (Leadership Excellence Essentials, Apr. 2018) E

Great Leaders Don't Act Hierarchically (Leadership Excellence Essentials, Apr. 2018) E

Why Leadership Development Is Failing: How to Fix It (Leadership Excellence Essentials, Mar. 2018) E

Great Leaders Make Time To Lead: Breaking the Habit of Being 'Too Busy' (Leadership Excellence Essentials, Feb. 2018) E

Elevate Your Leadership in 2016, (Leadership Excellence Essentials, Jan. 2016). E

What Makes a Great Leader?, (Leadership Excellence Essentials, Dec. 2015). E

The Secret Sauce of Successful Leadership, (Leadership Excellence Essentials, Dec. 2015). E

Effective Leadership, (Leadership Excellence Essentials, Aug. 2015). E

Training & Developing Leaders

Developing Future Leaders (Leadership Excellence Essentials, Apr. 2018) E

Why Leadership Development Is Failing: How to Fix it (Leadership Excellence Essentials, Mar. 2018) E

How E-learning Benefits Corporate Leadership Training: Bridging the Gap (Leadership Excellence Essentials, Mar. 2018) E

Leadership Training: The Case for Face-to-Face (Leadership Excellence Essentials, Sep. 2017) E

Developing Front-line Managers and Leaders of Leaders (Leadership Excellence Essentials, Nov. 2017) E

From Leader to an Inspiring Leader, (Leadership Excellence Essentials, Feb. 2016). E

Developing Leaders, (Leadership Excellence Essentials, Jan. 2016). E

Tips for Effective Leaders

Lift Your Leadership: Top 10 Tips (Leadership Excellence Essentials, Mar. 2018) E

5 Things Leaders Need to Do in 2018: Leadership Is a Journey But It's Also One That Can Be Shaped By What We Learn From Others (Leadership Excellence Essentials, Feb. 2018) E

Leadership Tips (Executive Leadership, Nov. 2017) E

Leadership Tips (Executive Leadership, Oct. 2017) E

Five Leadership-Building Tips for First-Time Managers (Convenience Store News, Apr. 2017) E

Getting It Done: Management & People Skills, (REALTOR® Association Executive Magazine, Summer 2011). 

Volunteering and Committees

How AEs Can Get Involved in Committees (National Association of REALTORS®)

REALTOR® Leadership Program (RLP) (National Association of REALTORS®

Volunteer Leadership Guide (National Association of REALTORS®)

Need More Volunteers? Five Tips for Filling Your Committees (REALTOR® Association Executive Magazine, Summer 2009)

Useful Websites

The following websites offer interesting tidbits & helpful pointers about becoming the best leader you can be:

About.com Leadership Articles & Resources—Offers a wide-ranging selection of leadership information from essays to research on characteristics and actions associated with leadership failure.

The Leader to Leader Institute—This website was established in 1990 as the Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management. It offers a hearty dose of online leadership immersion.

The Pacific Institute—Teaching individuals and organizations how to set and achieve goals, manage change, lead more effectively, and think in ways that create success.

eBooks & Other Resources


The following eBooks and digital audiobooks are available to NAR members:

Gen Y Now (Kindle Book, OverDrive Read, EPUB eBook, PDF eBook)

Effective Leadership for Nonprofit Organizations (OverDrive Read, Kindle Book, EPUB eBook)

The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership (OverDrive Read, EPUB eBook, PDF eBook)

The 360 Degree Leader (EPUB eBook, PDF eBook)

100 Ways to Motivate Others (Overdrive Audiobook)

29 Leadership Secrets from Jack Welch (Adobe eReader)

The Art of Constructive Confrontation (Overdrive Audiobook)

Becoming a Strategic Leader (Kindle, Adobe eReader)

Breakthrough Thinking for Nonprofit Organizations: Creative Strategies for Extraordinary Results (Kindle, Adobe eReader)

Co-Leaders: The Power of Great Partnerships (Overdrive Audiobook)

Don't Oil the Squeaky Wheel: And 19 Other Contrarian Ways to Improve Your Leadership Effectiveness (Adobe eReader)

Make Effective Decisions (Kindle, Adobe eReader)

The Truth about Leadership (Overdrive Audiobook)

Books, Videos, Research Reports & More

The resources below are available for loan through Member Support. Up to three books, tapes, CDs and/or DVDs can be borrowed for 30 days from the Library for a nominal fee of $10. Call Member Support at 800-874-6500 for assistance.

Race for Relevance: 5 Radical Changes for Associations, (Washington, D.C.: Association Management Press, 2011). HD 58.8 C65

The Manager's Toolkit: The 13 Skills Managers Need to Succeed, (Cambridge, MA: Harvard Business School Press, 2004). HD 31 H3496

You're in Charge... Now What? Seven Essential Steps for Work Leader Success, (Irvine, CA: Griffin Publishing, 2003). HF 5500 C99

Extraordinary Leader: Turning Good Managers into Great Leaders, (New York: McGraw-Hill, 2002). HF 5500 Z5

Leadership, (New York, NY: 2002). HF 5500 G44

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap... And Others Don't, (New York: HarperCollins, 2001). HD 57.7 C645

The Inner Work of Leaders: Leadership as a Habit of Mind, (New York: AMACOM, 2001). HF 5500 M23

The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You, (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1998). HF 5500 M45

Business Classics: Fifteen Key Concepts for Managerial Success, (Boston, MA: Harvard Business Review, 1998). HF 5500 H26bc

Leading Minds: An Anatomy of Leadership, (New York: BasicBooks, 1995). HF 5500 G17

Leading Self-directed Work Teams: A Guide to Developing New Team Leadership Skills, (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1993). HF 5500 F54

REALTOR® Leadership Manual: An Association Management Tool for Volunteer REALTOR® Leadership, (Virginia Association of REALTORS®, n.d.). HF 296 N21rm

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