Leadership Skills and Maura Neill

Leadership Skills Session

Maura presentingA New Leadership Perspective 

Get a unique approach to leadership training. Combining the elements of leadership, teaching, music, theater, and real estate has resulted in a fast-paced, fun-filled, and interactive experience with real impact. Your group will come away with a deeper understanding of what it means to be a leader in a REALTOR® Association; heightened problem-solving skills; and measurable, trackable goals PLUS accountability over the following year with their personalized and detailed follow-up program. Topics covered include: basic aspects of leadership, relationship between staff and leadership/volunteers, fiduciary duty, problem solving, goal setting, strategic thinking for leaders, and more. Full Day Session; 1-2 hour modules are available.

Leadership Keynote

Maura Neill presentsThe Perceptive Leader 

As a leader, you play a primary role in the year-over-year achievements of your organization. Empowering your agents and staff to be effective and to thrive means developing their leadership skills, using and improving your own emotional intelligence, and recognizing the differing perceptions and realities within your organization. In this session, you’ll test your perception and compare it to others’; you’ll evaluate how you apply your emotional intelligence to interact with other leaders, staff, and the organization as a whole. Sharpen your ability to perceive, to understand and to lead toward common goals. 45-75 minutes

We had Maura as our presenter to kickoff our first Board of Directors meeting for 2021. Maura’s presentation was relevant and engaging, and the 90 minutes flew by! Our entire board had high praise for Maura’s presentation, and I can’t think of a better way for us to kick off our year!” – Jason Miller, 2021 President, Minnesota REALTORS®


strat plan screen shotPerception and Reality: Composing Your Leadership’s Perfect Year

For Boards and Associations Association Executives (and staff) can play a large role in the success of Association Leadership. Helping your leadership become an effective leader and enjoy a successful year can mean assisting them with developing their leadership skills, utilizing and constantly improving your emotional intelligence, and most of all, recognizing that there are many realities in your organization and that your perception — your reality — may not be the perception of all of the other players. In this session, attendees will test their own perception and compare it to others’, using music and visual arts, interactive discussion of how we perceive our environment, and how we apply our emotional intelligence to interact and relate to those with whom we work closely — from your leadership to your volunteer members, your staff to Association’s membership as a whole. 1-2 hours

REALTOR® L.E.A.D.: Vision Course

Maura Neill is an Approved Instructor for the National Associaiton of REALTORS®’ L.E.A.D.: Vision Course: Executing Your Leadership Vision. Associations can tap into the wisdom and experience of NAR leaders by bringing this top-level training directly to thier board, members, and staff through a live or live-virtual offering. To license the content, please reach out to REALTORLead@nar.realtor to begin the contract process.


“THANK YOU for sharing your insights with our new leaders today. Your messaging was impactful and relatable. Your session was the talk of our group dinner–many takeaways: Collect before connect, social culture, give the gift of your attention, do a joy-filled activity each day — that’s what they remembered. Thank you for helping to make our day a big success!” – Suzanne Guild, Maine Association of REALTORS®


graphic GoalsAsk the Right Questions: Problem Solving & Goal Setting

Our leaders have two important roles – setting/achieving goals and solving problems (let’s hope more of the former than the latter) for their leadership year. Association Executives are in a unique position to help leadership hone those skills and help them through their leadership year. We’ll explore the art of the question – how asking not only more questions, but the right questions, can improve your relationship with your leaders and your ability to see them through a successful year. Through a series of exercises and case studies, we will discuss an array of strategies for problem solving and creative approaches to goal setting which will give you more tools for success in your Leadership Toolkit. 1-2 hours

Perception and Reality in Leadership

Being an effective leader calls for spending time honing leadership skills, utilizing and constantly improving emotional intelligence, and most of all, recognizing that there are many realities in the organization. One’s perception — one’s reality — may not be the perception of all of the other players. In this session, attendees will test their own perception and compare it to others’, using music and visual arts, interactive discussion of how we perceive our environment, and how we apply our emotional intelligence to interact and relate to those with whom we work closely when we are leaders — from your Association staff to your Leadership Team and member volunteers to the organization’s membership as a whole. 1-2 hours

Maura’s topic ‘Perception and Reality in Leadership: Composing a Memorable Year’ was the perfect opening session for our Leadership Development Conference. Maura’s knowledge of the topic, preparation, and attention to detail was amazing. Her sessions are always informative, interactive, and entertaining. She provides a wealth of valuable information that benefits every audience member.” – Chrissy Campbell, Director of Professional Development, Georgia REALTORS®


“Maura did AMAZING! Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the presentation.” – Cindy Teekell, Executive Officer, Northwest AR Board of REALTORS®

Maura on stairsMaura Neill, ABR, CRS, e-PRO, MRP, is a national real estate presenter and a sought-after speaker for leadership training. In 2021, she was a member of the NAR Leadership Team, serving as President Charlie Oppler’s Public and Federal Issues Liaison, and policy, RPAC, and advocacy are a strong focus in her business and work as a REALTOR® volunteer; she is involved on the national, state, and local levels. Peer recognitions include the 2020 CRS National President’s Award and the 2015 Atlanta REALTOR® of the Year. Maura is a 2016 graduate of the NAR Leadership Academy, a Platinum R RPAC investor, a member of RPAC President’s Circle, and was honored at the $50k level of the NAR RPAC Hall of Fame in 2022.

She is a second-generation REALTOR® who combines her love for the industry with her passion for education. Before getting into the real estate business in 2001, Maura taught at Florida State University and University of Phoenix. Maura is an active agent with RE/MAX Around Atlanta, leading her team and representing buyers and sellers on a day-to-day basis. She considers education – both of clients and of other real estate professionals – an important part of her role as a REALTOR®. Maura lives in Sandy Springs, Georgia, with her husband Ben, their Beagles Charlie, Jarvis, and Bebe.

Maura was phenomenal. We absolutely loved having her at The Summit. Here are a few comments from our member survey:
‘Awesome!! I really like that she is a Realtor and she had info that could help out anyone no matter where they are in their career.’
‘Engaging speaker, good material. Good to look at other industries for ways to improve your game.’
‘Love her as a Speaker. Talked so that I could follow her and understand what she was saying.’
‘Very nice presentation. Good and informative information. Would like to know about team building from someone like her!’
‘Great points and take aways, excellent speaker and topic!!!’
Thanks so much!” – Joe Dillard, Coordinator, REALTOR® Party and Local Board Relations, Missouri REALTORS®


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