Nurturing Tomorrow’s Leaders: Deadline Nears for 2014 Emerging Leadership Scholarship Contest

“Many participants say that they now recognize their full leadership potential, which they did not always see in themselves before, and are confidently embracing and stepping into their leadership capability.”Susan Geear, vice president of innovative leadership and education for DDJ Myers, Ltd.
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They inspire those around them to be better, work harder and go further. They possess a unique combination of intelligence and expertise, to be sure. But it’s their presence —  that ability to exude confidence even through uncertainty — that makes someone truly a leader.

And that’s a trait, the Northwest Credit Union Association believes, that can be nurtured and refined.

To that end, nominations are now being accepted for the NWCUA’s 2014 Emerging Leadership Scholarship Contest, with the winner receiving free tuition to a program that includes nine days of face-to-face training, several months of project work, one-on-one coaching, and mentoring focused on developing the credit union leaders of tomorrow.

“After six months,” says Susan Geear, vice president of innovative leadership and education for DDJ Myers, Ltd., “each participant will have gained skills and tools to enhance their lifelong leadership capacity to communicate and coordinate more effectively, to persuasively advocate and advance ideas, and to be and act strategically.”

It’s a chance, in other words, to develop a true leadership presence.

The contest, sponsored by the NWCUA’s Strategic Link, is open to any employee of an affiliated credit union who has had some leadership experience and hopes to learn and do more. Emerging leaders have until Jan. 14 to nominate a co-worker, employee, boss — or themselves. Three finalists will be selected by a panel of judges on Jan. 20, online voting will continue through Jan. 31, and the winner of a scholarship valued at $2,650 will be announced on Feb. 3.

The 2014 Emerging Leaders Program will take place in three sessions — March 26-28, June 4-6 and Sept. 17-19 — at the NWCUA Conference Center in SeaTac, Wash. Over the course of nine days, participants will receive face-to-face training in “Strategic Leadership,” “Building Leadership Presence” and “The Practice of Leadership,” and four one-on-one coaching sessions with Geear, DDJ Myers Vice President Peter Myers and Deedee Myers, the company’s CEO.

“The program is designed to be very interactive and experiential,” Geear says. “Each participant will complete a Leadership Development Plan that identifies the areas in which they want to develop further,” and classes will focus on the kinds of tools and models that allow them to practice and integrate the learning immediately in Leadership Projects at their credit unions and in their communities.

Throughout the program, participants will be encouraged to “exchange ideas, experiences, challenges and successes,” Geear says. “This network of support establishes and forges lifelong professional relationships and is an ongoing resource.”

Last year’s scholarship winner, Heather Fate of TAPCO Credit Union, tells Anthem she walked away from the 2013 program “with an arsenal of tools and a new outlook on my future,” and Geear says Fate’s experience isn’t unusual.

“Many participants say that they now recognize their full leadership potential, which they did not always see in themselves before, and are confidently embracing and stepping into their leadership capability,” Geear says. “The value of taking time to examine our assumptions about ourselves and others, and the need to then incorporate and practice the skills to fully develop into the leaders we want to become, is an invaluable lifelong lesson that participants take away as they embark on their leadership careers.”

For an overview of the 2014 Emerging Leaders Program, including a list of speakers, hotel accommodations and registration information, go to nwcua.org/emerging-leaders. Details and rules for the 2014 Emerging Leaders Scholarship Contest are also available on the NWCUA’s website.

 

Questions? Contact Gary Stein: 503.350.2216, gstein@nwcua.org.

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