July 25, 2014 – Ever been told “don’t add fuel to the fire” in times of controversy or stress? Ignore that, says Dan Rockwell, because to be a really good leader and an inspiration to future leaders, you have to find your fire.Rockwell is the author of the world-famous blog Leadership Freak, and he spent an hour before a ballroom-full of rapt Annual Conference general session attendees Thursday talking about how the people who rise to greatness are focused not so much on how to do a thing but how to be who they are. And that requires finding one’s fire – the thing they are passionate about and love to do – and doing it.The early leaders of the credit union movement are an example, he said. “Anything of significance that is ever done, fire is behind it,” he said. “There is a fire in you . . . [you say] we own this, we have members, not customers … There was fire somewhere, because everything meaningful, everything that changes something in any dramatic way starts with fire.”He cited numerous examples of folks who found their fire and made a difference to those they touched. Among them:
Rockwell – who worked numerous mentions of NAFCU leaders into his remarks, including newly elected Chair Ed Templeton – said real leaders present themselves with authenticity and, in doing so, show others how to become leaders themselves.