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ELS Spotlight With Tanya Fust

Tanya Fust is VP/Retail Operations Manager for First Security Bank in Mountain Home, Arkansas.

What is the most important leadership lesson that you've learned?

I have had great leaders to follow and learn from. If I had to say the most important leadership lessons I've learned, I would have to say communication and appreciation. It is important to keep my team informed and up to date on procedures and any important bank information that needs to be shared. Staff also needs to know they are appreciated, it is a great source of motivation for them to succeed.

What's your biggest leadership struggle?

My biggest leadership struggle is to delegate task that needs to be completed. Not only to delegate, but to trust the person that you delegated to.

What is the most effective daily habit you possess?

I start every day by writing down a list of what I need to accomplish that day and then I prioritize the list in order of importance.

What is the greatest advice you have ever been given?

To align passion with purpose. By doing this, you will find fulfillment in whatever you choose to do in life.

What does effective leadership look like to you?

To provide a positive work environment that encourages growth, makes staff feel valued, ensures accountability, and makes sound decisions.

How has leadership changed in the past year?

Employees need to feel a purpose more now than ever before. We, as leaders, need to recognize that and adapt to what is important to them now and recognize how they feel valued moving forward.

The ELS Spotlight is an ongoing series to highlight our Emerging Leaders from around Arkansas.