Developing New Oklahoma Real Estate Industry Leaders

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As president-elect of the Norman Board of Realtors, Kathy Williams said she realized she needed all of the industry information and education she could get.

So Williams, who is with Don Cies Real Estate Inc. in Norman, applied for the Oklahoma Association of Realtors' LeadershipOAR program and was accepted as one of 14 members of the 2008 leadership development class.

Training sessions include identification of leadership skills, team-building exercises, goal setting, personal profile analysis, network building and improving communication skills.

"At our first session we learned about the different types of leaders," she said. "We took a test to discover our leadership skills. Are you a leader who is more dictatorial, or are you an organizational leader or more of a service-oriented leader?"

The LeadershipOAR program started in 2005 and so far 35 Realtors have graduated from the program. The state association created the program to identify emerging Realtor leaders throughout the state and help sharpen their leadership skills.

The current class began activities in January and will complete the program in December. Activities include retreats in Altus, Oklahoma City, Stillwater, Ada and Tulsa.

"I have learned about the OAR's legislative activities and local board membership leadership skills," said Williams, who has been a Realtor in Norman for eight years. The Duncan native became a Realtor after raising her children.

"I was raising my kids and thought that after they were grown I would become a Realtor," she said. "I thought I would ride around and show nice houses. Little did I know being a Realtor involved a lot than just riding around showing nice homes."

A maximum of 14 LeadershipOAR participants are chosen annually by a selection committee.

The committee considers more than just participation in the real estate industry in selecting participants. Criteria includes interest in leadership roles in business, education, the arts, spiritual groups, government, community-based organizations and ethnic or minority groups. …

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