White Paper

CFO Leadership: Inspiring Strategic Thinking

By Karen Bankston

posted 06.29.2017 (cfo)

The CFO has a unique role in supporting strategic thinking throughout the credit union—at the board level, on the executive team, and within finance and other departments—according to a new CUNA CFO Council white paper, “Inspiring Strategic Thinking: How Finance Can Help Lead a Forward-Looking Credit Union.”

According to a recent study published in the Harvard Business Review, 97 percent of senior executives surveyed agreed that strategic thinking is the most critical leadership skill for an organization's success.

In this white paper, several credit union leaders provide insights, alongside other industry experts and business research, to:

  • Define strategic thinking,
  • Identify pressing strategic challenges and opportunities facing credit unions, and
  • Share perspectives and examples for credit union CFOs to support strategic planning and implementation and weave a strategic mindset into the fabric of daily operations.
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