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Peer inside some of the most successful organizations and you’ll find leaders who have embraced the responsibility of setting a clear organizational vision, creating customer focus, demonstrating concrete organizational values and setting high expectations for excellence. In other words, leaders who have adopted a values-based approach.
A cooperative, values-based leadership approach is at the heart of the credit union philosophy. So it makes sense that the Foundation would support individual credit union leadership development initiatives that are values-based and help to encourage the entire workforce to contribute, develop, learn, be innovative, or embrace meaningful change.
That’s what the Leadership in Action grants are all about. For those of us who have chosen a career within the credit union industry, the decision was at least partially made because credit union philosophy aligns so well with our personal values. This is important because powerful, sustainable growth is only possible when individuals discover meaningful alignment between personal values and those of the organization for which they work.
Leadership in Action Grants are designed support programs that put those values into action within every aspect of the organization, promoting ethical behavior, trustworthiness, and personal involvement in planning, communicating, and coaching. The grants are intended to support all leadership initiatives, but are focused on the creation of strategies, systems and methods for achieving performance excellence, stimulating innovation, building knowledge and capabilities, and ensuring organizational sustainability.
After launching the first Leadership in Action grant at the beginning of this year, the results have been inspiring. Listen to Tyler Valentine, President and CEO of Laramie Plains Federal Credit Union describe the impact the grant has had on his credit union.
In order for the credit union movement to grow and thrive, it’s imperative that we have good leaders at the helm today and are committed to investing in the development of the leaders of tomorrow.
The Mountain West Credit Union Foundation supports Credit Union leadership initiatives with $5,000 per year. If the leadership initiatives within your credit union could benefit from some additional funding, please visit the Foundation website to fill out an application.
Please note that this is an ongoing grant with no application deadline.