Leadership Development

Leadership Development 2018-08-13T13:40:11+00:00

The Illinois REALTORS® Leadership Development program is designed to identify and train REALTOR® members who have the aptitude, interest, motivation and potential to help lead the association as a committee chair or elected officer.

Program Modules  |  Program Goal  | Participation Details  |  Program Governanace

Message from 2018 Illinois REALTORS® President, Matt Difanis, ABR, CIPS, GRI


Program modules:

Module I – Leadership Development Academy 
A two-day, hands-on program that includes self-reflection, discovery, role-playing and working in teams. Discover your leadership style, identify your strengths and weaknesses, learn why you are a leader and how to best use your leadership skills.
January 29-30, 2018

Module II – Association Governance, Management, and General Committees 
Understand the framework required to build and maintain a strong association. Learn about key roles, leadership philosophies, procedures and organizational standards.
February 21, 2018

Module III – Conducting Effective Meetings  
Learn best practices for preparing for, participating in, and leading meetings.
February 22, 2018

Module IV – Public Policy and Political Involvement 
Discover the who, why and how of Illinois REALTORS® lobbying efforts and the role GADs play in the political landscape. Develop your knowledge of grassroots activitsm and the REALTOR® Party. The day includes an optional visit to the Capitol to attend a Legislative Committee Hearing.
April 9, 2018

Module V – Lobby Day
Attend a legislative briefing with more than 700+ REALTORS® defining critical issues affecting REALTORS® and consumers. Visit the Capitol for an up-close view of government in action.
April 10, 2018

Module VI – Spokesperson – Media Training/Resume Building & Interview Techniques 
Master the skills you need to communicate effectively on camera and learn how to put your best foot forward in an interview.
June 19, 2018

Module VII – Ethical Decision-Making 
Participate in a scenario-based discussion of ethical decision-making. Analyze the framework and standards of behavior that define ethical choices.
June 20, 2018

TBA  – Final Project Presentation

Program goal:

The program goal is for Illinois REALTORS®, through the Executive Committee, past presidents and members, to develop and implement a systematic approach for the identification, placement, and training of future Illinois REALTORS® leaders. Leaders are those members who through their state, local association or other organization involvement are perceived to possess the skills, aptitude, interests and motivation to become a committee chair, and/or Illinois REALTORS® elected officer. The program is designed to further develop a person’s leadership skills in a structured program that offers training and critical evaluation.

Note:  It cannot be overemphasized that participation in this program is for self improvement and does not in any manner project or guarantee that a participant will receive preferential treatment by the Nominating Committee should the participant decide to pursue state elected office.

Participation details:

Any member may request to participate in the program and any member may be requested to apply to participate by a member of the Leadership Development Working Group. The program will be limited to twelve (12) new participants each year. Each candidate will complete an application form to establish their past level of participation and involvement in state or local association and other groups.

Dates of the 2018 training modules:  January 29-30, Feb 21-22, April 9-10, June 19-20, October 3. 

Program governance:

The Leadership Development Working Group shall have a chair, appointed annually by the Executive Committee, that will oversee the selection, participation, and evaluation of the program. Other working group members may be selected from the past presidents or those members with specific leadership training and skills. The members of the working group shall not serve on the Nominating Committee during the same administrative year. The chair shall work closely with staff and the Executive Committee to present participants to serve on Illinois REALTORS® committees. The officers shall serve on the working group in an ex officio capacity.  On an annual basis, the Executive Committee shall recommend funding for activities related to the overall Leadership Development Program.


After having just completed my term as President of the Chicago Association of Realtors, I truly owe my run up through the chairs, and the confidence to do so,  to my Illinois REALTORS® Leadership academy experience. I met future leaders and gained the insight and knowledge necessary to determine MY style and to be confident and comfortable moving into these positions.
The detailed knowledge base and in-depth insights to our state Association was worth it alone! The why and how of Illinois REALTORS® lobbying efforts, and my own for that matter, regarding the political landscape enabled me to have a grassroots base of knowledge (FPC Role) and awaken my desire to be active at the Local, State, and National levels supporting the REALTOR® Party.
This isn’t just a leadership program but a life-altering series on introspection and the creation of bonded friendships.

– Matt Silver, CRS, GRI, Partner, Senior Broker, Illinois REALTORS® Board of Directors, and Immediate Past President, Chicago Association of REALTORS®