Leadership Institute

The Iowa Association of REALTORS Leadership Institute consists of 6 days of high-quality sessions designed to nurture future industry, community and real estate leaders.

The Leadership Institute is focused on improving communication skills, business relationships, association knowledge, industry trends, meeting management, collaboration and diversity. This course is excellent for local association leaders as well as those that have aspirations to become leaders at the state level. National speakers, content matter experts and facilitation by IAR staff make this an engaging and highly-sought after program.

Who Should Attend?

This program is designed especially for President-Elects of local boards/associations in Iowa that will be serving as President in 2024, as well as potential Regional Vice Presidents and those wishing to run for an IAR Leadership position.  

Due to the special nature of this program, there is limited space available. IAR will make every effort to host all sessions in person unless otherwise noted. Participants must attend all sessions. Without approval of absence prior to the start of IAR Leadership Institute, barring illness or emergency, participants that miss sessions will be dismissed from the program. IARLI will be capped at 20 participants. Each board or association will be guaranteed 1 participant. If a local board or association does not have an applicant, other local or state leaders will be considered.

Leadership Topics

Collaboration and open, honest dialogue is critical for the success of this program. The attendees will get to know each other very well during this program. Past attendees have told us the relationships built have been one of the most powerful components of the Leadership Institute.  

A variety of topics will be covered during the program. 

  • Managing a board or committee meeting. Mock meetings and practical application of meeting management techniques. 
  • Identifying and leveraging your strengths to become a stronger leader. 
  • Strengthening relationships with fellow leaders.
  • Handling crucial conversations with board members and other leaders. 
  • Spokesperson Training - becoming a better presenter, speaker and facilitator. 
  • Media Training - How to best answer phone or in-person interview questions.
  • Fostering a culture that embraces and relies on diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Learning about the Industry Tech Trends and potential impact on real estate. 

Schedule and Tuition

The program will be 6 days spread out through the fall and winter. Participants must attend all sessions.

Applications due by June 15, 2023. 

::Schedule for Fall and Winter 2023::

Kick off Session: A virtual Happy Hour on Wednesday, August 30th 7:00-8:00 pm. 

Sessions 1 & 2:  Wednesday, September 20  and Thursday, September 21 at the IAR Office in West Des Moines. 

  There will be a group networking event and dinner on Wednesday evening, September 20. 

Convention Social: The participants will meet for a social event during the Riding with the Brand Kick off Party September 26th from 5:00pm-6:00pm during the IAR Convention located in Des Moines. 

Sessions 3 & 4:  Wednesday, October 25th and Thursday, October 26th at the IAR Office in West Des Moines.

There will be a group networking event and dinner on Wednesday evening, October 25th. 

Sessions 5 & 6: Wednesday, December 13th and Thursday, December 14th at the IAR Office in West Des Moines

  There will be a group networking event and dinner on Wednesday evening, December 13th. 

Reception at Capitol Conference in February:  IAR will have a special recognition of the Leadership Institute graduates.


Tuition for the program is $500 and includes all instruction, lunches, and a dinner with a networking opportunity following the first night of each session.   Please apply below. 


Graduates of the Leadership Institute will be recognized during Capitol Conference each February in Des Moines. 


Candidates - Please discuss participating in this program with the Executive Officer of your local board/association. 

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