Ask a CEO – Volume 18

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Michelle Hardy | CEO of Revelstoke Credit Union

As part of our 2021 “Ask a CEO” relaunch, each quarter BCYL members will be asked to submit questions to our featured CEO. Questions will be compiled and one random BCYL member’s questions will be highlighted on our website.

Questions submitted:

  1. What was your BIGGEST Inspiration through your Leadership Journey? What gave you the drive to keep moving forward?
  2. What are some strategic choices that you made that advanced your career, and what advice would you give to other young female professionals hoping to develop their careers?

What was your BIGGEST inspiration through your leadership journey? What gave you the drive to keep moving forward? 

I have had many inspirational moments and people throughout my leadership journey.  One theme that stands out is helping support people become their best selves.  A few years ago, my boss identified me as her potential future successor and took the time to mentor me and build my confidence.  She gave me the beautiful gift of believing in myself.  It was a bit of a journey as I was forced into many uncomfortable situations but given the necessary guidance and support to succeed.  I am very grateful that she believed in and supported me until I learned to believe in myself.  My hope is that I can help the people that come into my life know their worth and show up as their best selves.

Our team is the main driver that keeps me moving forward.  I work with an incredible team and they inspire me every day to show up and do my best. I also have a strong support system and two beautiful boys that remind me that I need to learn and grow every day in hopes that I inspire them.

What are some strategic choices that you made that advanced your career, and what advice would you give to other young female professionals hoping to develop their careers?

I love learning and became passionate about learning more about leadership.  My advice would be: stay open to learning opportunities, even if it means having to be brave and stepping outside of your comfort zone.  You got this! 

I also really enjoyed and took a lot away from attending  BCYL conferences. These events opened the doors to connecting with other young leaders in our system who I have learned from and who continue to support my career growth and learning today.  I’ve built some great friendships and professional relationships through BCYL.  We have an incredible network in the credit union system with many supportive leaders that are open to sharing their stories.  I encourage you to take any opportunity to reach out to leaders in the system and make a connection. 

Be you! I find that when I am my most authentic self connection and trust is built, which is key to building supportive relationships.  Authenticity also takes up less energy and reminds everyone that we are all human. 

Lastly, give yourself grace. Not everything works out the way you may expect it to, and that’s OK.  If you focus on doing your best and things don’t work out, give yourself grace and know that it isn’t a failure but an opportunity to learn.  There are many things that we try to balance – family, career, “me time” and it’s not always easy.  Please remember that things will work out and sometimes we need to remember to be kind to ourselves as we navigate through this journey.