Magazine article Independent Banker

Future Bound

Magazine article Independent Banker

Future Bound

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For many years, I have thought about, worked at, and planned on becoming the next CEO of my family's community bank-Three Rivers Bank of Montana.

I do not take this potential leadership responsibility lightly or for granted. Over the years, I have observed my father, John R. King, who is our community bank's present CEO, help grow our $120 million-asset community bank. I've watched how he draws respect from his 40-member staff, easily embraces and adapts to change, never stops learning, and helps employees at all levels reach their career potential.

Not surprisingly, my father is my professional role model. He has taught me the importance of standing up for my beliefs and recognizing employees for their contributions to the bank and our community.

Meanwhile, Three Rivers Bank of Montana's chief financial officer, Patti Leichliter, is my mentor. Having a female influence in my career has provided a balanced perspective, which I appreciate. Under her guidance, I am developing additional confidence, knowledge and insight that will better prepare me to lead the bank in the years ahead.

In addition to the lessons my father and colleagues have taught me, I've discovered that I also want to become an approachable leader. I want to build and foster a workplace environment where all employees are encouraged to speak with others-even with members of our senior management team-about fresh ideas or creative suggestions. I want to continually better our bank and each team member who works here. I also want our bank to have a reputation for developing and promoting its employees throughout their careers. …

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