We had the good fortune of connecting with Melissa Eisler and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Melissa, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
My mission is to help high- achieving leaders show up for their teams and organizations with more emotional and social awareness, steadiness, and compassion. I believe that if leaders can learn to hold compassion and care as priorities alongside results, productivity, and the bottom line, the world would be a better place. Leaders set the tone for those around them; their behaviors are always in the spotlight and influential – for better or worse. If a leader projects warmth, hope, care, ease, and steadiness, they have the capacity to create a positive influence on those around them, and by extension – the ripple effect can continue to create a positive impact on the extended system – families, communities, and the greater good. My work is to partner with leaders to ensure the ripple effect they create is positive, and I hope this effort supports the organizations and communities my clients lead.
What should our readers know about your business?
I am an ICF Certified Executive and Leadership Coach, and I partner with high achievers who want to develop their resilience, systems thinking, executive presence, social and emotional intelligence, and strategic communication skills. My clients are leaders ranging from C-suite executives to mid-level managers and entrepreneurs, from Fortune 500 companies to startups, and across diverse industries. I am particularly passionate about supporting leaders through change, uncertainty, and VUCA environments (VUCA stands for volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity.) I earned my Master’s degree in organizational leadership from the University of San Diego, and have more than 15 years of experience in leadership positions in the corporate world, reporting directly to C-suite and leading large teams to achieve impressive growth amid organizational change. I’ve led teams during IPOs, mergers, acquisitions, and many phases of organizational change and challenge. I blend my own leadership experience with a background in mindfulness to support my clients’ growth through challenges and change. What sets me apart is that my clients learn to take ACTION when they work with me, as they move past the hurdles and limiting beliefs that have been standing in their way. We don’t just discuss what needs to get done and walk away with insight; we also cultivate the productive mindset, tools, and systems, and prioritize taking action.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I moved to San Diego for the beautiful weather and incredible outdoor playground, so if my best friend were visiting from out of town, we would be spending most of our time outdoors. I would show her Mission Trails, Cowles mountain, and Torrey Pines for some hiking. We would hit the beaches in Coronado, La Jolla, North County, and Blacks beach. We would catch the sunset at Sunset Cliffs, my favorite part of town. We would shop the Ocean Beach and Hillcrest / Little Italy farmers markets. If this were a time outside of COVID, we would grab dinner in Little Italy and then drinks at El Camino. We would eat dinner at The Joint, Harney Sushi, and Cesarina – my favorite restaurants. We would do some outdoor yoga, catch live music, and gather around a bonfire in Ocean Beach or Mission Bay.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
This is difficult, as there are so many mentors, thought leaders, authors, teachers, and friends who have influenced and supported me in building my coaching practice. From my meditation and mindfulness teachers at Spirit Rock, my teachers, colleagues, and coaches at Newfield Network where I got credentialed, favorite thought leaders like the late Stephen Covey, Brené Brown, Adam Grant, Carol Dweck, Jerry Colonna, and others, to my generous mentor Gloria Bader and my dear friend and non-profit leader Sara Schairer, who models what it means to be a compassionate leader every day.
Other: Free eBook, “A Leader’s Guide to Navigating VUCA” can be downloaded here: https://melissaeisler.com/leadership-ebook-leaders-guide-vuca/
Non-event photos by Marie Monforte