MADISON, Wis. (4/28/11)--The Filene Research Institute is undertaking two studies to help credit unions understand and plan for leadership challenges. “Predicting Organizational Performance: The Role of the CEO, the Senior Management Team, and Work Engagement” will be conducted by Prof. Murray Barrick of Texas A&M University. The study seeks to identify personality traits and leadership styles of effective credit union CEOs and senior management teams. The findings will help credit unions identify and tap the potential of CEOs and staff to improve performance and service to members. “Key Attributes of Highly Successful Middle Managers” will be led by Michael Neill, president of Michael Neill & Associates. The study aims to identify key traits of successful operational managers to help credit unions understand, hire and promote those most likely to improve their performance. Filene seeks individuals from natural-person credit unions of all sizes to participate for free in the studies. The data participants contribute will remain private. Filene’s public report will present anonymous aggregate findings. To learn more or to sign up for the studies, use the links.