Berger Leadership Blog

Sep 22, 2023

Empowering leaders to flex their expertise muscle

As football season is in full swing, it’s time to pull out one of my favorite quotes I have shared previously from the legendary NFL coach, Vince Lombardi: “Leaders are not born, they’re made.” 

As a leader, it is important to mentor and empower your employees, who work tirelessly, to ensure their personal and operational success. Developing skills, leaning into our strengths, mitigating weaknesses, and learning from failure are not only opportunities to grow, but also the recipe for success.

The proposed merger between NAFCU and CUNA into America’s Credit Unions, should members approve, has provided these same opportunities for both organizations and their talented teams to stand up a brand-new organization to support and represent credit unions across the country. 

NAFCU’s Anthony Demangone and CUNA’s Jill Tomalin recently announced key staff to support 13 initial transformation teams. Each of the teams identified bring together talented leaders from both NAFCU and CUNA, with unique backgrounds and thorough knowledge of the industry to help ensure a strong foundation for America’s Credit Unions. Together, these leaders will learn from one another, hone their skills, identify weaknesses, and share best practices.

These teams will focus on important components to build a national trade association that serves you, including everything from culture, HR and IT to advocacy, compliance, events and products, and more.

With these transformation teams, the proposed America’s Credit Unions Board of Directors are setting the organization up the right way – with input from the people who know these issues the best and can provide unique perspectives.

Our members deserve the best of our industry and the people who are forging a new path are capable and ready to flex their knowledge so the credit union presence can be seen and heard from Washington and all across the country.

Oh, and GO NOLES!