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The next NAR CEO must be servant as leader

Future-Proof: Navigate Threats, Seize Opportunities at ICNY 2018 | Jan 22-26 at the Marriott Marquis, Times Square, New York

Recently, a superhero was walking confidently down La Brea Avenue approaching Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood. Even in this eclectic neighborhood, the crusader cut an impressive figure with a flowing cape, daunting helmet, bright red boots and a colorful shield. As he approached the intersection, an older Russian woman was crossing La Brea as the light changed. The superhero jumped into action, running into the street and waving the shield to block lurching cars. He then escorted her across the street. She seemed to welcome the heroism. After a round of applause, I thought, this is the profile of the National Association of Realtors (NAR) CEO job -- someone who can act like a superhero but is driven by helping others rather than self-interests. What the largest trade association in the nation needs is not a power-drunk figurehead, but a boots-on-the-ground inspirer (boot color TBD) who uses a position of power to help others. Leadership, of course, is the most imp...