How Leaders Can Improve Mental Health

How Leaders Can Improve Mental Health

October 10thwas Mental Health Day. The day was established in 1992 as a way to build awareness, education, and advocacy around the stigma of mental health issues. Over the last couple of decades, I think we’ve made some progress in dispelling incorrect perceptions about mental health and understanding how to promote environments that support it. […]

Purpose-Driven Organizations Have a Competitive Edge

Purpose-Driven Organizations Have a Competitive Edge

Does your organization have a purpose beyond profit? For those of us in the Credit Union Industry, the answer is a resounding “Yes!”, an answer that is apparently unique. According to a PwC research report, 79% of business leaders believe that an organization’s purpose is central to business success. And yet, 68% said that within their […]

4 Ways to Build Stronger Teams by Empowering Employees

4 Ways to Build Stronger Teams by Empowering Employees

There’s a big difference between managing and leading, and yet the terms aren’t mutually exclusive. While it’s possible to be a manager but not a leader, it’s difficult to be a leader without also being a manager, because management is largely about administration. And administrative tasks never go away, regardless of how high you climb. In […]

The Impact of Authenticity

The Impact of Authenticity

What is authentic leadership? Authentic leaders have a deep understanding of their personal values and ethical principles, and are self-aware enough to recognize their own strengths and weaknesses. Instead of being easily pulled by impulse and trends, authentic leaders are guided by their own internal compass – a compass based on integrity, created from curious […]

Mistakes Are Unavoidable

Mistakes Are Unavoidable

So, we might as well use them to create opportunities. A couple of years ago, researchers at Deloitte surveyed professionals from 1,300 organizations and 120 countries with the intention of gaining a more comprehensive understanding of stress at work. A whopping 82% of the 23,000 people surveyed said the top cause of stress at work was […]

The Center for Credit Union Leadership’s Mentor Program was Created for Leaders Like You

The Center for Credit Union Leadership’s Mentor Program was Created for Leaders Like You

“People need to be reminded more often than they need to be instructed.” – Dr. Samuel Johnson It should go without saying that leadership development cannot happen without ongoing feedback – specifically, feedback about one’s actions and behaviors and the impact those actions and behaviors are having, or are likely to have, on others. Because leadership […]

Could You Be Self-Sabotaging Your Leadership Potential?

Could You Be Self-Sabotaging Your Leadership Potential?

Behavior patterns are a funny thing – they are probably largely responsible for your current successes while simultaneously blocking your full potential. Here’s a very loose interpretation of how this might work: You receive a long-awaited promotion and bring all the knowledge and expertise you’ve gained over the years to your new role. You also […]

Leadership in Action

Leadership in Action

Canvas Credit Union (formerly Public Service Credit Union) was awarded the Foundation’s Leadership in Action Grant earlier this year, affording them the opportunity to create a program they’ve titled Leading with Purpose. At its core, the program seeks to help employees connect their work to the unique intrinsic drivers that motivate them to achieve more and be […]

Leadership Requires Principled Flexibility

Leadership Requires Principled Flexibility

Principled leaders are powerful.They possess confidence, clarity, and a deep commitment to their values. But, if they lack flexibility – the ability to adapt, change, and bend without breaking – principled leadership becomes ridged, self-righteous, and even hypocritical. The more ridged a leader becomes, the more they resist vulnerability and are unwilling to take an […]