3 reasons why ethical leadership important for REALTORS®

Trainer Bruce Aydt uses his experience as a REALTOR® and a lawyer to connect with his students.

Trainer Bruce Aydt shared a day’s worth of lessons about the importance of ethical leadership with members of the 2017 Leadership Development Program at the Illinois REALTORS® offices Wednesday.

Near the end of the day, he offered three insights any Illinois REALTORS® could take to heart about ethical decision making:

  1. “Ethical choices in leadership roles go well beyond the (REALTOR®) Code of Ethics,”
  2. “Leaders face ethical choices in virtually every part of their leadership role,” and
  3. “Leadership roles — like building consensus — revolve around building ethical principles.”

Participants in the Illinois REALTORS® Leadership Program meet periodically for training that could help them assume leadership positions on the state and national level. The 2017 class, which met for two days in Springfield this week, took part in today’s session, titled: “Ethical Business Decisions.”  Aydt’s includes:

  • Ayn Bartok, All in One Real Estate Company (Egyptian Board of REALTORS®);
  • Michael Gobber, Real Living Gobber Real Estate (Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS®);
  • Terri Jeffries, United Real Estate-Chicago (Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS®);
  • Becky Kirchner, RE/MAX Plaza (Heartland REALTOR® Organization);
  • Eric Porter, RE/MAX Realty Associates (Champaign County Association of REALTORS®);
  • Debbie Prodehl, Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group (Three Rivers Association of REALTORS®);
  • Timothy Ryan, Real People Realty, Inc., (Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS®);
  • Michael Simpson, Lifestyles Real Estate Inc. (REALTOR® Association of the Fox Valley);
  • Dena Turner, Century 21 Tucker-Swanson (Capital Area REALTORS®);
  • Andy Velkme, Caton Commercial Real Estate Group (Northern Illinois Commercial Association of REALTORS®);
  • Jim Waller, Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group (Champaign County Association of REALTORS®); and
  • Joyce Zelazik, Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group (Three Rivers Association of REALTORS®).

ROTY Banquet tickets on sale until May 30

Order tickets now for the 36th Annual REALTOR® of the Year Banquet, scheduled for June 6 at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield.

Sue Miller

The event will honor the accomplishments of 24 local association REALTORS® of the Year (ROTY) and the Illinois REALTOR® of the Year Sue Miller, managing broker for Coldwell Banker The Real Estate Group, in McHenry. The reception begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:15 p.m. The deadline for ordering tickets is May 30. Tickets are $75 each.

Place your order online or use the ticket order form now.

Among those being honored are:

Susan Gant of RE/MAX Executives Plus in Decatur will represent the Decatur Association of REALTORS®. Gant served as chair of the Macon Country Republican Women and a number of Decatur Association of REALTORS® committees. She serves on the Macon County Republican Central Committee and on the Decatur Association Board of Directors.

Ayn Bartok of All In One Real Estate Company in Harrisburg is from the Egyptian Board of REALTORS®. The former Egyptian president devoted herself to a variety of local and state REALTOR® committees and served as a state legislative contact. Along with being an RPAC Major Investor, she is an avid RPAC supporter.

Sharon Pratt of RE/MAX River Bend in Alton represents the Greater Gateway Association of REALTORS®. The managing broker/co-owner of RE/MAX River Bend recently received the 2016 YWCA Woman of Distinction Award. She serves on the Greater Gateway Board of Directors. She is very active in her community and church.

The Illinois REALTORS® ROTY banquet is jointly sponsored by the Illinois REALTORS® and the Illinois Real Estate Educational Foundation (REEF).

(This is the third in a series of stories highlighting local REALTORS® of the Year and the Illinois REALTOR® of the Year. Read the first and second stories.)