Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in leadership development but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Sherri McManus, Co-Owner of the Lou Everett Group, located in Willow Spring, NC, USA.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

As seasoned leadership coaches and trainers with over four decades of combined experience, we love serving people and companies throughout their growth transitions. Regardless if you are a solopreneur or at the C-Suite level, Leadership is Influence. Nothing more, nothing less.

We are your thinking partners offering dedicated and customized continuity plans that are designed to not only resolve your current struggle but provide proactive support, training, and accountability with the goal of avoiding negative impacts on the growth of your business. Our clients have experienced measurable returns, increased productivity, and up to 500% revenue growth.

Tell us about yourself

What really springboarded our business was a near-death experience that I went through in August 2018. I was admitted to the ICU Burn Unit with a rare disease for ten days. At that time, we didn't know if I was going to live or die. Prior to this experience, I was working at a job that was a high sales and stressful environment. Leadership at that time was more focused on the bottom line than valuing their people. It was that experience that has allowed us to help others and businesses understand what being a true leader is. Our passion and mission are Transforming Today's Leaders.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

Seeing the 'ah-ha' moments in the eyes of the hundreds of people that we have trained and coached.

What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?

Knowing the difference is that you are a business owner running a business, not the business running you.

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

  1. Focus on building relationships. Finding out how you can add value to others first before asking for anything in return.
  2. On-going personal development. You can't lead others until you know how to lead yourself first.
  3. Don't be afraid of investing in mentors and coaches. Learn and grow from people that have been there and have made all the mistakes. Then take action.

Where can people find you and your business?


If you like what you've read here and have your own story as a solo or small business entrepreneur that you'd like to share, then please answer these interview questions. We'd love to feature your journey on these pages.

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