Management and leadership gurus like Michael Porter, Marcus Buckingham, Robert Reich, Steven Covey and Peter Drucker all give a slightly different answer to the question “what does it mean to be a leader?” Rather than writing a long blog post dissecting each of their answers, I wanted to share examples of real leaders here in Minnesota.

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Opus Corporation projects, such as the Minneapolis campus of the University of St. Thomas, Mariucci Arean at the University of Minnesota and corporate headquarters for Best Buy, Medtronic and Toro, all stem from Gerald Rauenhorst’s strong leadership. He continues to serve the Minnesota real estate community as a role model, leader and philanthropist.

At UST, we hold several events to honor leaders in the local, regional, and national business community who in one way or another have made a difference. One of these events is the Minnesota Real Estate Hall of Fame. Rauenhorst was inducted with five other leaders in 2010.

Members of the Minnesota Real Estate Hall of Fame are an elite group of local real estate leaders who have made significant contributions to the industry and improved their community. Most of these people have very obvious contributions to the community that can be seen in the skylines of local cities but they have also made a difference in these cities by using their expertise to give back.

Each member of the Minnesota Real Estate Hall of Fame is a leader in their own way. Meet all six current members of the Minnesota Real Estate Hall of Fame.

Do you know a real estate professional who exemplifies leadership in the industry? Nominate them for the Minnesota Real Estate Hall of Fame by June 15.

This post is by Susie Eckstein, ’09 MBA, Manager of Marketing and Enrollment for the MS Degree in Real Estate and Shenehon Center for Real Estate