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September 26, 2011

Think About It: Bank On It

From John Bellinger to Walter Dods to Don Horner, and now to Bob Harrison. First Hawaiian Bank has had solid leadership for many, many years, and thus the bank has been able to not only survive, but also thrive when many in the industry are seeing tough times. The reason many good companies perform well starts at the top, and this has been the case for years with the two top performing banks in the state- First Hawaiian Bank and Bank of Hawaii. Leadership and clarity of purpose provide a base upon which the employees of these companies can flourish and the entity can prosper.

But just as important when people judge leadership and the qualities that make a good leader is an often under-appreciated concept- the concept of good followership. A good leader can help to motivate and prod and celebrate and collaborate, but it sure helps if that leader has some really solid people working alongside him or her. Ask any successful leader who can put his or her ego aside for a minute, and they will probably tell you that they have great people to work with, and had great mentors to learn from. It's a symbiotic relationship- where the leaders feed off the followers, and vice versa. It's the blueprint for success in businesses both large and small. Love what you do, and love those with whom you do it. A job is a lot like a personal relationship- it needs to work for all parties involved, and it needs constant attention.

In his retirement and as he has done for years, Don Horner, much like his predecessor Walter Dods, will continue to give back to Hawaii with his philanthropic and community efforts. We will all be richer for his efforts, and the bank will continue to thrive with its strong leadership and followers. And that's a good, healthy sign for our local economy and community. Think about it…

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