NAR Launches New Leadership Training Program

In May, the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® introduced the REALTOR® Leadership Program (RLP), a three-part interactive course teaching the skills and knowledge necessary to lead local and state REALTOR® associations. The program consists of an initial online course and two three-hour, interactive live presentation classes.

“The program is designed to be an in-depth leadership training program for associations that have volunteer leaders who want a practical immersion for what it takes to be a high-level association leader,” says Laurie Oken, NAR’s manager of leadership development.

The RLP is, in fact, a customized version of the Ontario Real Estate Association’s successful leadership program. NAR has trained facilitators, including association executives, past NAR presidents, and industry consultants.

The online course (cost: $39) covers association structures, volunteer responsibilities and roles, trends facing the association, meeting management, and more. The live classes (courses 200 and 300) cover more in-depth topics, including strategic planning, risk management, conflict resolution, and governance models, along with communication plans and value statements.

Local and state associations can also host the live courses for their prospective leaders for an annual $500 licensing fee per course. The live courses are offered at the Midyear Legislative Meetings & Expo in May, the Leadership Summit in August, and the REALTORS® Conference & Expo in November for $100 per attendee. Additional courses will be developed as the program continues.

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