LEAD FWD Blog

  • Build Your Own Career Ladder

    Apr 03, 2019
    Thanks to technological disruption, industry consolidation, and multi-generational workplaces, the traditional career ladder—in community banking and elsewhere—is a splintered artifact of the past. ICBA's Lindsay LaNore shares why this isn't necessarily a bad thing and offers four tips community bankers can use to realize their career aspirations.
  • An Optimistic Future

    Aug 15, 2018
    As a well-known speaker and educator in the community banking industry, Barret Graduate School of Banking President and Director Chris Kelley knows all too well the importance of continuous learning. As we prepare for an energetic LEAD FWD Summit, filled with education and workshops that will challenge our industry’s next generation of leaders, I talked with Chris about the necessity of growing and thinking outside of the traditional boundaries of community banking.
  • Relevant. Innovative. Motivating.

    Jul 25, 2018
    Investing in education and leadership training is vital to preparing the next generation of community bankers and key to any community bank’s succession planning strategy. I recently spoke with Bank of Missouri Community Bank President Aaron M. Panton to find out why he thinks ICBA’s LEAD FWD Summit is a must-attend annual event.
  • Lead With Vision

    Jul 11, 2018
    Reimagining traditional leadership concepts and pushing the community banking industry forward is imperative to carrying on the incredible legacy of the community banking industry.
  • Planning for Our Industry’s Bright Future

    Jun 08, 2018
    Rebeca Romero Rainey: As a third-generation community banker, I understand the importance of paving the way for future leaders. That’s why I’m excited to be speaking at this year’s LEAD FWD Summit.
  • Prioritize Leadership. Propel Your Career.

    May 31, 2018
    By stopping to focus on our own leadership, we generate the needed grit and creativity to lead forward. If it seems like a challenge to you, accept it. If you already feel confident in your leadership skills, continue to fine-tune them and pass along that knowledge to others. If you’re looking for ways to refine your leadership skills, consider inside and outside sources for support.
  • Community Bank Leadership Lessons

    Oct 05, 2017
    A community bank’s success relies on steady, solid leadership forged from a shared vision and a goal to exceed customers’ expectations. That’s at least the way Brad Bolton, president and CEO of Community Spirit Bank in Red Bay, Ala., sees it.
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