Leadership Institute

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

The program 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 for President-Elects of local boards/associations in Iowa that will be serving as President in 2022. There will be several hours of CE credit provided to the participants.

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. Each board or association will be allowed 1 participant. If a board or association does not have a participant, 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.

Schedule for Fall of 2021 and Winter 2022

Kick off Session: A virtual Happy Hour on Wednesday, August 18 7:00-8:00 pm. 

Sessions 1 & 2:  Tuesday, Sept. 14 and Wednesday, Sept.15 at the IAR Office in West Des Moines. 

  There will be a group networking event and dinner on Tuesday evening, Sept. 14. 

Convention Social: The participants will meet for a social event on October 14 during the IAR Convention. 

Sessions 3 & 4:  Wednesday, Dec. 8 and Thursday, Dec. 9 at the IAR Office in West Des Moines.

There will be a group networking event and dinner on Wednesday evening, Dec. 8.

Sessions 5 & 6: Tuesday, Jan. 11 and Wed. Jan. 12 at the IAR Office in West Des Moines

  There will be a group networking event and dinner on Tuesday evening, Jan. 11. 

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


Tuition for the program is $750.  Please apply below. 

Lunches are included for the participants for each session. The group dinners mentioned above in the schedule are also included in the tuition. 


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

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