Melissa Johnston is an experienced commercial banker with a service-oriented approach to relationship management. She is a board member, coach, community leader, and a life-long learner driven to bring the best out of every person she encounters. In her role as Senior Vice President of Commercial Banking, Melissa works primarily with entrepreneurs and executives looking to acquire small to medium-sized businesses. She also serves a variety of nonprofits and has carved out a niche for herself lending to schools, including both charter and private educational institutes. She pairs her natural enthusiasm and determination with exceptional problem-solving skills to help customers tackle their goals and turn business dreams into reality. “Community banking isn’t about one-time transactions; it’s about building long-term relationships,” she explains. “I love delving into a customer’s business operations and goals at a deep level.”
What you’ll learn about in this episode:
- Melissa’s success journey
- Why Melissa approaches every opportunity as a life-long learner
- How to overcome stress, fear, and anxiety in periods of personal growth
- What Melissa did to conquer her perceived shortcomings to achieve greatness
- The perennial lessons and qualities that made Melissa a successful leader
- How to bring your best self to every interaction, even when dealing with grief, loss, and gratitude
- Website: https://highland.bank/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/highlandbank
- Twitter: @melis_johnston
The Many Shapes and Sizes of Personal Development
Melissa Johnston is an experienced commercial banker with a service-oriented approach to relationship management. She is a board member, coach, community leader, and a life-long learner driven to bring the best out of every person she encounters. I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know her through the Women Presidents Organization, and I am excited for you to get to know her. In this episode of the Intentional Greatness podcast, Melissa joins us to share her journey and talk about the many life lessons for leadership that made her the incredible woman she is today.
With such an extensive resume and involvement in every group you could possibly think of, it is hard to imagine Melissa having time for anything other than work. No matter how busy she gets, however, Melissa consistently finds time to learn and grow in both her personal and professional lives. Melissa is a life-long learner by nature, and she is proof that experiential learning is of the highest value. Right now, her focus with learning is on sales and relationship development. She is interested in learning about her customers’ challenges and understanding them so she can provide tailored solutions. That is her passion, and that is where she continues to grow amidst her busy schedule. You can be a student of the world and a focused professional at the same time because your approach to learning will evolve as you evolve as a person.
Overcoming Stress in Periods of Growth
Melissa operates at a high-level with extreme efficiency, but by no means did that come naturally. When we max out our capacity and cut down the amount of me-time in our day, stress and anxiety is a very common outcome. But those temporary feelings of negativity are not indicators that you are on the wrong track. Mindset is something that we can control, and we have the power to condition ourselves into a state of certainty and confidence. We just need to give ourselves time to adapt. Whether you use sports, exercise, meditation, or anything else to find balance in periods of transition, stress and anxiety are growing pains that we can overcome.
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