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 […]

Lead with the Heart of a Twenty-Something

Lead with the Heart of a Twenty-Something

When we are young and just starting out in the world, our perspective is, of course, different than what it is later in life. Change is the inevitable reality of all of life, and our thinking, ideas, and ideologies evolve as the years roll by. Most of those changes are good and necessary, etched by […]

Six Important Lessons in Leadership

Six Important Lessons in Leadership

Over the years, I’ve have had the privilege of working with some incredibly insightful, wise, forward-thinking leaders. When you work with people like that, you can’t help but pick up a thing or two about what makes a great leader. As I reflect on what they’ve taught me so far, there are 6 key lessons that […]

Leadership Style and Substance

Leadership Style and Substance

As leaders, the substance of what we do each day – the results we produce – is important. Of course it is.A fundamental part of the leader’s job to get things done, to create change, and inspire invention. But, setting aside whatwe do and intentionally focusing on the waywe do what we do, can make […]

Why Empathy is an Important Leadership Trait

Why Empathy is an Important Leadership Trait

I believe, if we were to compare our industry with many (if not most) others, we’d find empathy to be an uncommonly consistent trait amongst Credit Union leaders.  The principle our entire movement is founded on – people helping people– infuses the very structure of our industry with a heavy dose of empathy. I also […]

Solid Leaders Build a Solid Foundation

Solid Leaders Build a Solid Foundation

Leadership happens in every day circumstances that are often unexpected and don’t come with a playbook that walks us through exactly what do. Life is unpredictable, which is exactly why we need leaders to guide us. But, having the courage and wisdom to step out and make difficult decisions in the face of uncertainty comes […]

Millennials are the Future of Credit Unions

Millennials are the Future of Credit Unions

How can we prepare them to lead us? According to thePew Research Center, the “Millennial” generation (born between 1980 and 2000) will exceed Baby Boomers by 2019 as the nation’s largest living generation. A couple of years ago, they became the largest generation in the workforce. What’s more, 50% of them are alreadyin leadership positions. […]

How Two Association Credit Unions are Taking Strides to Support the Underserved in Their Communities

How Two Association Credit Unions are Taking Strides to Support the Underserved in Their Communities

Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), are a collaborative force in our country who share a common goal: They aim to expand economic opportunity in low-income communities through providing access to financial products and services for residents and businesses. People in many low-income, economically distressed communities are often underserved by traditional financial institutions. CDFIs aim to […]