Leadership Academy

2019 Leadership Academy members during graduation

Leadership Academy

Recognizing that its members deserve leaders who are knowledgeable and well prepared, Missouri REALTORS® coordinates a statewide Leadership Academy. Through this program, Missouri REALTORS® trains emerging REALTOR® leaders so that they may exert a positive influence on the future of Missouri REALTORS®, their Local Boards/Associations and the industry.

The participants work together in a training course of five retreats that combine presentations, group activities and project planning. Sessions include the development of leadership skills, team-building exercises, goal setting, personal profile analysis, communication, ethical decision-making…and much more.

Objectives of the Missouri REALTORS® Leadership Academy:

  • To identify Missouri REALTORS® who have demonstrated leadership potential and an interest in the REALTOR® organization, its history and goals.
  • To train participants in leadership skills.
  • To motivate participants by increasing their awareness of real estate and association management issues and challenges and involving them in problem-solving activities on issues of current interest.
  • To develop a network of leaders across the state that will actively work for the continued growth of the REALTOR® organization at all levels.

About the Program

The Missouri REALTORS® Leadership Academy creates leaders who go on to do big things - in our industry and within our communities. These are a few words participants use to describe their experience. Will this be your year?

Selection Criteria

Participation in Leadership Academy is open to REALTORS® living in the state of Missouri. A maximum of 12 to 16 individuals will be selected to participate in the program. As space is limited, applicants who are not selected are encouraged to reapply in subsequent years. Participants will be selected based on their application, geographic location, gender and other considerations. These potential leaders will have knowledge of or be active in their Local Boards/Associations, and/or be active in real estate specialty areas, affiliated REALTOR® groups, community-based organizations or other volunteer organizations. 

How to Apply

All members of the Missouri REALTORS® are eligible to apply to the Leadership Academy.

Application forms should include as much information as possible; however, answers should be limited to the space available. The application must be signed by both the applicant and the applicant’s employer (unless the applicant is self-employed).

The 2021-2022 Leadership Academy Application has passed, please check back in February.

Mail or email your completed application to:
Missouri REALTORS® Leadership Academy
c/o Cara Harmon
2005 W Broadway, Suite 210
Columbia, MO 65203

Scholarship Opportunities

The Vicki Christensen Leadership Academy Scholarship Fund assists participants with program tuition expenses. If you would like to contribute to the Vicki Christensen Leadership Academy Scholarship Fund you can make a donation below. Your gift helps Missouri REALTORS® train more leaders and create a better future for our industry and our members. 

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Leadership Academy Class 2021

A graphic image showing the percentage of Leadership Academy Graduates and what they have accomplished after graduation.

2020-2021 Program Dates

Retreat 1: An Introduction to Leadership Academy

October 21-23, 2020 | The Elms Hotel, Excelsior Springs

Following get-acquainted ice breakers, the leadership class will experience an amazingly accurate communication-style assessment, identify their personal strengths and gain tips about how to work as a productive team. A dynamic speaker will present a unique view of leadership and teamwork. The group will get an introduction to team building and hold their first brainstorming session for their class project. By the close of the retreat, the participants will have a clearer understanding of the REALTOR® organization and the concept of leadership.

Retreat 2: Communication

January 27-29, 2021 | Old Kinderhook, Camdenton

Dynamic speakers will address effective communication, conflict resolution, media spokesperson training and working with other members. More team building and brainstorming will occur as leaders learn to make decisions and effectively communicate with one another.

Retreat 3: Legislative/Leadership in Action

March 30-April 1, 2021 | Holiday Inn Executive Center, Columbia

In addition to Leadership Academy sessions, the class will participate in Missouri REALTORS® Capitol Conference and Spring Business Conference. Participants will also experience Missouri REALTORS® O2 governance structure Highlights will include presentations about political issues that are affecting the real estate industry, Capitol visits, and Missouri REALTORS® Legislative Reception. The class will attend state governance meetings and continue teambuilding activities.

Retreat 4: Ethics and Decisions

July 21-23, 2021 | Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center, Columbia

Through a series of interesting exercises, ethical decision making will be examined. There will be a discussion about ethical decisions REALTORS® must make in their profession and as volunteers. Other topics of current interest in the real estate industry will be discussed as well as team building exercises that enhance ethical decisions.

Retreat 5: The Journey

September 28-30, 2021 | InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza, Kansas City

The final retreat will be held during the Missouri REALTORS® Fall Business Conference. It will include a wrap-up, motivational speeches and a graduation ceremony. The class will present their class project, evaluate their experience and share key insights with each other and members.

Program Policies

Attendance at all five Leadership Academy retreats is mandatory. Those who fail to attend will be asked to withdraw, with no refund of tuition.

Note: Program tuition is based on double-room occupancy. This is a budgetary consideration and promotes the teamwork that is an integral part of the program. If a participant has a specific need that precludes sharing a room or simply prefers single room accommodations, he or she will be responsible for paying the entire cost of the room, not just the differential between a single and a double room.