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ACL Leader in Focus- Carson Griffi

Carson was born and raised in Fort Erie where he still resides today. Carson has been a proud employee of Meridian Credit Union for over 10 years and continues to enjoy working for a company with a devotion to the local communities it serves. In Carson’s current role with Meridian, he works as a Senior Relationship Manager in the Business Banking department.

Carson is a graduate of Brock University where he obtained his Honours Bachelor of Business Administration with Concentrations in Finance and Management degree and obtained his CFA Designation post-graduation. Carson is a sports enthusiast and in his spare time, he can be found on the links, at the gym, travelling with friends or running one of his Fantasy Football leagues.

How do you define civic leadership?

I define civic leadership as thoughts, actions or endeavours that are meant to improve the community. While I believe elected officials are a large part of civic leadership, it is my opinion that true civic leadership comes from the individuals in the community who provide their time and resources to inspire those around them to create a better community.

Why are you personally motivated to explore civic leadership?

I am motivated to explore civic leadership because I believe it is the best manner to improve civic leadership capabilities and ultimately provide benefit to the community. Given my beliefs about where civic leadership comes from, I believe interacting and collaborating with other individuals who are seeking to improve their civic leadership capabilities can only be a positive benefit to the community as a whole. Collaboration between these individuals can broaden understanding of different issues, bring new issues to light and, most importantly, aid in creating positive solutions to these issues.

In your view, what’s the most important attribute of a leader?

I believe a leader can come in various forms. However, I believe the best leaders have several attributes in common. I believe that leaders are Passionate and show care for both the people that surround them and the tasks they seek to accomplish. I believe that leaders are decisive and are comfortable deciding to move forward with. Finally, I believe that leaders are adaptable and are able to listen, accept feedback and alter their original decision to one they see as better as new information, fact and opinions come to light. In short, they can accept that their original decision may not have been the best course.

May 12th, 2020