Academic journal article ABA Banking Journal

Building the Next Generation of Leadership

Academic journal article ABA Banking Journal

Building the Next Generation of Leadership

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THE BANKING BUSINESS IS ABOUT people, both our customers and our employees. Within our institutions, our most valuable assets are the members of our staffs.

ABA member banks employ two million people at every stage and station of a diverse industry. Our customers depend on them to carry out a multitude of tasks and responsibilities. If you're like me, you're always seeking ways to improve the talents and skill sets of your employees. It makes them better at their jobs, increases their loyalty to the bank and helps them grow as individuals.

The members of our banking teams look to us as coaches and trainers. We need to provide them with the knowledge, instruction and education to help them do their jobs more effectively, and to help foster career paths. In a sense, our job is to provide information and tools that will enable our teams to grow into new leadership roles, and unleash the best in themselves and their colleagues.

ABA has a long history of helping us do just that through professional development programs offered by the American Institute of Banking, the Institute of Certified Bankers, and our schools and conferences. These programs are not just about building better bankers. They are also about building the next generation of banking leaders.

With that in mind, I'm more than pleased to report that we recently announced the merger of ABA's and America's Community Bankers' graduate-level banking schools to create the world-class ABA Stonier National Graduate School of Banking.

The new school is a product of the 2007 merger between ABA and ACB. Each organization managed its own prestigious graduate-level banking school: the ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking and the ACB National School of Banking. …

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