Reveal the leader within you

The Illinois REALTORS® Leadership Development program is a valuable opportunity to discover your strengths and unlock your potential. The program is designed to identify and train REALTOR® members who have the interest, aptitude, and potential to lead the association as a committee chair or elected officer at the local or state level. The program is limited to twelve (12) participants each year.

Participation is for self-improvement and personal development, and neither projects nor guarantees preferential treatment by the Nominating Committee should an individual decide to pursue state elected office.

Program dates: TBA

Application deadline: TBA

Modules  |  Program Goal  | Participation Guidelines  |  Program Governanace  |  Testimonials

Program modules

Illinois REALTORS® Leadership Development program participants meet at Illinois REALTORS® Plaza in Springfield for eight sessions held over a period of four months. The curriculum addresses different facets of REALTOR® association leadership.

Module I – 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.

Module II – Conducting Effective Meetings 
Learn best practices for preparing for, participating in, and leading meetings.

Module III – Public Policy and Political Involvement
Advance your knowledge of grassroots activism, the REALTOR® Party, Illinois REALTORS® lobbying efforts and the role GADs play in the political landscape.

Module IV – Lobby Day
Attend a legislative briefing with nearly 700 REALTORS® and get a close-up view of government in action.

Module V – 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.

Module VI – Interview Techniques
Develop practical interviewing skills through a combination of group workshop and individual mentoring sessions.

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.

TBA  – Final Project Presentation

Leadership Development Academy (held in even-numbered years)
Discover your leadership style and  identify your strengths and weaknesses in this two-day program that includes self-reflection, role-playing, and working in teams.

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 REALTOR® 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.

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.


2018 Leadership Development Program testimonial video:
Tracey B. Williams, REALTOR®

Tracey B. Williams, ABR®, RIS, PSA, President, Managing Broker, TEAM Real Estate Services, Oak Park

“It was an honor and pleasure to participate in the 2018 Illinois Realtors Leadership Academy. This experience taught me how to chorale diverse personalities, styles and opinions toward establishing a mission and purpose to achieve effective outcomes. I recently planned and facilitated a retreat as incoming President for the Women’s Council of Realtors Chicago. I recalled several elements from my training in the Leadership Academy to achieve what turned out to be a productive, fun, memorable collaboration of thoughts, ideas and synergy toward planning the entire year for 2019. The Illinois Realtors Leadership Academy has given me the tools to continue to be a great leader within my industry and I look forward to spreading the word about this amazing opportunity to others.”

Matt Silver, REALTOR®

Matt Silver, CRS, GRI, Partner, Senior Broker, Urban Real Estate, Chicago

“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.”
Celeste Wheeler, REALTOR®

Celeste Wheeler, RE/MAX Preferred, O’Fallon, IL

Participation in the Leadership Development Program was an honor for me.  It clarified my perspective on a few things, especially the importance of being a knowledgeable person of action and staying involved.  I now have more tools and resources to better serve my Clients, Community, and Association.