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SAN DIMAS, Calif. — What has to change before more women can assume CEO positions at large credit unions and in other industries? Abolish the “good old boys network?” Guarantee equal rights through legislation? Perhaps. But the biggest change may have to come from women making an adjustment in the mindset they bring to work. In order to effectively occupy the executive suite, everyone–male and female–must switch from a managerial frame of mind to a leadership way of thinking, said Kerri Smith, CEO of consulting firm CU Exceed and presenter at WesCorp’s Women’s Leadership Conference.

Smith coaches CEOs and aspiring leaders, and said in her experience, “At some point, in order to be successful in the position, there has to be a paradigm shift from manager to leader.”

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