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Of the six leadership styles — command and
control, relating, democratic, goal-setting,
hands-on and coaching — what type do you
embrace, and how has it worked for you?
An effective CEO must utilize all types of
[leadership] styles as situations warrant. Strategic
planning requires openness to ideas and consensusbuilding along with goal-setting. Coaching is
invaluable on a one-to-one basis when agreeing
to assigned accountability and performance.
Meanwhile, crisis management calls for command
and control as well as hands-on intervention.
– BOB TEAChwORTh, president and CEO, Denali Alaskan FCU,
If I had to select just one, it would probably be
democratic. however, I really don’t know how a credit
union leader can utilize just one style. leaders cannot
be leaders unless they have passion for what they are
doing, communicate frequently, set clear direction and
goals, manage with consistency and compassion, mentor,
celebrate successes and take the blame for failures.
– CAREN C. GABRIEl, president and CEO, Ascend FCU, Tullahoma, Tenn.
My style is a combination of relating, democratic and coaching.
It is important to build a strong team for a number of reasons: I
don’t know everything, I need others to help get things done, and
it is important to build future leaders. Goals are important because
we need focus and clear objectives. Every team member, from the
newest employee to the most seasoned, should know what we are
about and what we are trying to accomplish.
– JOhN lUND, president and CEO, America First FCU, Ogden, Utah
I am a very hands-off type of manager. I try to
hire the best and give them support to run their own
operations. I don’t baby-sit. I believe people want that
freedom to grow and make their own mistakes in order
to learn, so I have always turned over the reins until
they proved they couldn’t handle it.
– C. KIPP STEChER, president and CEO, AmeriChoice FCU, Mechanicsburg, Pa.
There are times when you have to shift styles
to support a wide range of staff. I think relating
and democratic styles work together nicely. I’m
the person who needs to make sure that, as an
organization, we have a strong rapport with
each other and a consensus on our direction.
– RICK ODENThAl, CEO, Central Minnesota CU, Melrose, Minn.
I think relating best describes my style. I try to
have a relationship of trust so we’re able to share
the good and bad, knowing that we all have the
same end in mind. If we can accomplish that,
there are no surprises.
– DARRyl K. lONG, president and CEO, Baton Rouge Telco FCU,
Baton Rouge, la.
Goal-setting is my style. what gets measured
gets done. It is also critically important that
people be held accountable for their goals. If they
cannot consistently meet those goals, we coach/
counsel them through it in an effort to get them
where they need to be.
I identify the most with relating (although
coaching is a very strong second). Because we
are a small employer (under 100), I get to know
employees, and I make myself totally accessible to
them. I talk a lot about collaboration. This builds
camaraderie and encourages future interactions
amongst different departments.
– ERIK ShAw, president and CEO, FivePoint FCU, Nederland, Texas
– ROBERT l. ARESTI, president and CEO, 360 FCU, windsor locks, Conn.
The Federal CrediT Union July–August 2013
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Federal Credit Union July-August 2013
Voices and Opinions
From the Chair
Fred Becker Leaves a Lasting Impression; Dan Berger Moves to CEO
Charting a Course
The 2013 NAFCU Award Winners
2013 Exhibitor Directory
Getting to Know...
Inside NAFCU Services
The Federal Credit Union July-August 2013