Academic journal article ABA Banking Journal

Leadership Means Engagement

Academic journal article ABA Banking Journal

Leadership Means Engagement

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I ALWAYS FIND a tremendous amount of energy at industry gatherings. Whether it's ABA's National Conference for Community Bankers, the Texas Bankers Association's annual convention, or one of the regular pilgrimages to Washington, D.C, that I take, there's a camaraderie and palpable sense of optimism that comes from working with peers across the state and country to solve problems.

That optimism has been especially strong lately as we've seen policymakers respond to years of advocacy on the need for more tailored financial regulation and other Industry priorities.

Our success in Washington has not been accidental. It's the result of deliberate and persistent work on the part of bankers everywhere to engage in both the political and policymaking process. It's critical that we keep this momentum going.

One way we can do that is for all of us to continue to encourage our colleagues In our banks to engage.

Engage in your state association and ABA, because they depend on bankers like us to guide them.

And engage in the political and policy-making processes--in your state capital and in Washington--because that is how we improve outcomes for our customers and communities.

There's no question that If more of our nation's two million bankers got involved--even In a small way--we can and will move mountains In the policy world--and build a better America.

Political engagement--advocacy--is a team sport. And we can certainly benefit from an even deeper bench of passionate, resourceful players willing to pitch in and help us reach our goals. …

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