Leading with Gratitude, pt.2

Leading with Gratitude, pt.2

“No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it.” –Andrew Carnegie As leaders, our success is directly tied to the efforts of those we lead. As such, consciously recognizing them through actions that demonstrate our gratitude is one of the most […]

Leading with Gratitude, pt.1

Leading with Gratitude, pt.1

Having spent the last two weeks interviewing recent graduates of the Leadership Institute, I was struck by a common factor in all three of the graduates I interviewed: a deep sense of gratitude for having had the opportunity to participate, and for the impact the program made in their lives. As a recent graduate of […]

The Evolution of Credit Union Leadership, pt.1

The Evolution of Credit Union Leadership, pt.1

Graduates of the Leadership Institute Share their Perspectives The Mountain West Credit Union Association’s Leadership Institute was created to support the growth of Credit Union leaders through deep immersion in concepts and principles of both general and organizational leadership. The training takes place in four, 2-day workshops that are spread over an eight-month period. Instruction […]

What is it Like to Attend Western CUNA Management School?

What is it Like to Attend Western CUNA Management School?

Two recent graduates share their experience. Western CUNA Management School is a highly concentrated academic training that occurs over three yearly two-week terms. The program’s central focus is on effectively preparing promising leaders for tomorrow’s challenges and provide them with the tools they need to pursue their passion for serving members. Packed with exercises that promote the […]

The Heroes and Leaders Among Us

The Heroes and Leaders Among Us

Recently, I had the opportunity to watch Christopher Nolan’s 2017 movie Dunkirk, and it has me thinking about why a leadership title is not enough to guarantee that someone will, in fact, lead. The movie does a wonderful job of showing how in times of war, the uniform does not a leader make. Likewise, in […]

The Impact of Self-Control, and Lack Thereof

The Impact of Self-Control, and Lack Thereof

Saying that self-control is a positive character trait is, for most of us, an exercise in stating the obvious. Scientists, psychologists and philosophers have been extoling the virtues of self-control for… well, forever. Plato claimed that our very existence as humans consists of a constant struggle between our desires and our rationality, with self-control maintaining […]