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Machelle Maner Knows the Secret to Leadership

"Enlightened leadership is spiritual if we understand spirituality not as some kind of religious dogma or ideology but as the domain of awareness where we experience values like truth, goodness, beauty, love and compassion, and also intuition, creativity, insight and focused attention." Deepak Chopra

Knowledge is power, and power is critical to successful leadership. The key is knowing how to use that power to build future leaders. Is that not the secret to every successful organization?

When you’re able to spend your time listening to a quality production and actually learn something from it – you know you’ve done good. Today I’d like you to meet an incredible leader and superstar: Machelle Maner.

Machelle Maner
Machelle Maner

Machelle Maner is Vice President, Community Development for Wells Fargo. She has been in banking and the financial services industry for more than 25 years. She is focused on the strategic development of public/private partnerships, the identification of programs available to expand lending opportunities for affordable housing and small businesses and identifying community development opportunities. Maner is responsible for investments in non-profit organizations that focus on housing, small business, and economic revitalization.

“Great leaders don’t create great followers, great leaders create great leaders,” Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf.

We start with what we call ‘THE ENLIGHTENED ROUND‘, so that we may get to know Machelle Maner better. Machelle’s best morning routine are those first few minutes of the day where she gives thanks before her feet even touch the floor.

There are two books that are must read Machelle says. ‘The Bible‘ being the first, and ‘On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C.J. Walker‘.

The one website that everyone needs to know about: for Machelle this is Google Search. “Never stop searching,” she says.

Best social media tools for Machelle are email and Facebook. An interesting conversation ensues with Machelle, Angye, and Malcolm regarding posting on social media.

The ‘secret ingredient’ that makes one a star: you’ll need to listen to find this secret out!

Now on to ‘MAKING YOUR MARK‘, follow along in the podcast using the guide below to chart your own course for success and adventure!

  1. Are entrepreneurs/leaders born or made?
  2. Who gave you your first big break?
  3. Your cardinal rule to becoming a standout entrepreneur/leader?
  4. Greatest success in your career and how did you celebrate?
  5. What is your kryptonite?
  6. How do you deal with difficult people?
  7. Single best advice you’ve ever been given?
  8. What advice would you give to someone starting out on their career path?
  9. What is the single biggest sacrifice in your career?
  10. If you had 2 minutes to share advice with your 21 year old self, what would you say and why?