Heritage Trust launches innovative L.E.A.D. program

CHARLESTON, SC (January 2, 2018) — The L.E.A.D. program, which stands for Learn, Excel, Analyze and Develop, is the company’snew comprehensive eight-month emerging leaders initiative designed to provide high potential employees with the tools they need to grow into effective leaders within the organization. This internal initiative, facilitated by the credit union’s Employee Development & Training division, is designed to challenge employees while helping them learn valuable skills that foster an environment of teamwork and collaboration.

Participants selected engaged in interactive monthly workshops concentrating on desired competencies, which were administered over several weeks, to help maximize their strengths, improve performance, transform behaviors, provide personal mastery, and support the responsibilities of supervision and leadership.As part of the process, participants also completed individual Extended DISC assessments. Extended DISC has been established as a world-leading provider of behavioral analysis in identifying the strengths and development areas of the individual. Extended DISC® Individual Assessments were used as a tool to provide a strong foundation for L.E.A.D. graduates and assist them in making better decisions.Heritage Trust recently recognized these nine employees for their successful completion of the program.

The courses helped participants hone their skills in a number of key areas including:

  • Corporate Communications
  • Team building & conflict resolution
  • HR & Performance Management
  • Strategic Planning
  • Finance& Budgeting and more.

Prior to completing the program, participants worked collectively on an outreach projectfor the community.

The group then developed a presentation around their project and pitched their idea to the organization’s senior management team.  At the end of the program, these talented and highly motivated employees will continue to grow by becoming participants in Heritage Trust’s Mentoring Program, serving as mentors for members of the next L.E.A.D. class.

“The motivation behind the design of the L.E.A.D. Program began by assessing the drivers behind training and developing a highly effective workforce. Highly effective workers are engaged in all aspects of their work and inspire others to do the same.  These individuals display confidence, competence, and enthusiasm.  They L.E.A.D. by example,” commented Robin Horlback, Heritage Trust Training Director.

2017 L.E.A.D. Graduates pictured with HTFCU Senior Management & Training Director

About Heritage Trust Federal Credit Union

Heritage Trust Federal Credit Union was founded in 1955 and is now one of the largest credit unions in the greater Charleston Metro area with $650 MM in assets and serving over 50,000 members. With trust as a core value, the credit union offers a full suite of products, from savings, checking and investment options to real estate and commercial lending and business solutions.


Dustin Haynes
Public Relations Officer
Heritage Trust Federal Credit Union
(843) 832-2634

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