Leading From Any Seat?

It’s a new era with a new concept – leading from any seat. Organizations have started to build leaders within all areas of an organization regardless of their title. This is not necessarily the norm for organizations, but we have started to see a shift and organizations are starting to make the change. This is a great change for those wanting to be a leader. However, if you want to become a leader regardless of your title where do you start?

I recently read an article titled “Managing Oneself” by Peter F. Drucker and a light bulb went off, one of those ‘aha’ moments. For this concept to apply to us as employees; we too must take responsibility and accountability of oneself. Yes, there is a shift in organizations to empower employees to lead from any seat and providing employees with opportunities regardless of title, but if I want to become a leader I need start leading myself and start leading my career.

“…with opportunity comes responsibility. Companies today aren’t managing their employees’ careers; knowledge workers must, effectively, be their own chief executive officers. It’s up to you to carve out your place…” says Drucker.

If you wanted to manage oneself and lead from any seat, where do you start? Start simple, think differently, and try these out:

Courtney Wishlow
Conexus Credit Union

Buy a T-shirt and Help Build a Better World

Making a difference in our local and international communities has always been an integral component of credit union business. Back in  2012, Credit Union Central of Canada’s National Young Leaders Committee (NYLC) designed and sold “I <3 MY CU” t-shirts, raising over $35,000 for the Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada (CDF), which used the money to fund co-operative development projects in Canada and around the world

Earlier this year, the NYLC decided to do it again, and ran a contest to design a new logo.  Kelsie Valliere from Macklin Credit Union, SK won, and now her winning design is available for order!  In addition to t-shirts, the Committee decided to also put the logo on soccer balls.

– net proceeds from t-shirt and soccer ball sales will be donated to the  Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada’s (CDF) Build a Better World campaign, which supports hundreds of co-operatives and credit unions around the world in their efforts to help millions of people work their way out of poverty. They could not complete this work without donations raised through fundraising initiatives such as the Build a Better World campaign, which is a joint effort of the CCA and CDF.

The best part? Every time $1.00 is donated, it is matched up to $4.00 once the funds are assigned to a CDF project.  This means if the credit union system youth raise $250,000 alone, the actual amount dedicated to building a better world through co-operatives could be as much as $1,000,000!

If 225 credit unions raise $1,000 each – we will achieve and exceed our fundraising goal!

An order form is attached, and is also available through the NYLC’s Build a Better World web page.  Please – download the form, buy a shirt and send it to nylc@cucentral.com

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Through the global youth community – together we can change the world.