As one of the 17 recent graduates of the NAR 2016 Leadership Academy, I feel honored to have been given the opportunity to participate in such a prestigious national REALTOR® program. After all, NAR has 1.2 million members, and to have been chosen as one of the 17 this year was truly an honor.
Yesterday, November 2, was our last day of class prior to graduation ceremonies that evening. To me, it was the most impactful of all the program sessions. We heard from three NAR leaders: RVP Kenny Parcell, NAR Leadership Academy Alumni Brian Copeland, and Otto Catrina, who spoke of the very deep and personal foundational attributes that every leader should have. What stuck with me were the reminders to “be kind” and that “to lead is to serve.” With our busy schedules and involvement, we can get lost in the excitement of future NAR leadership opportunities. This session brought us back to what’s important.
I encourage all of our members to get involved in leadership academies in your local, state, and national Boards. NAR needs your hearts, passion, and talent in moving this great association forward into the future.