Manning, whose day job is Vice President for Development, Marketing and Public Relations for Samaritan Health Services, was the keynote speaker at the Chamber's February Women in Business Luncheon, held on Feb. 25, 2015 at the Big River 101 Restaurant.
"Leadership is not a right or wrong thing, it's a personal philosophy," she told the group of 50 businesswoman in attendance. "Effective leaders bring out the best in the people around them, in their personal lives, in their volunteer lives ... (and) engage the people around them."
She said no one in any organization can do it alone and that leaders should strive to know the strengths of their team members and bring out the best in the people they work with.
Effective leaders, she added, are life-long learners who earn the respect of employees and colleagues by being "good role models who look for opportunities to feature the strengths of the people on their team."
Manning, who served four years as Corvallis' non-paid Mayor and spent more than 30 years in her current position at Samaritan, said leaders should not "be afraid to step out of their comfort zones" in managing their employees, businesses, or organizations.
The biggest challenge for all leaders, she said, is "mastering your network" of business and personal contacts and gaining trust among those people and your team.
The Chamber's next Women in Business Luncheon is Wednesday March 18 at the Big River 101, featuring a presentation by Ilene Kleinsorge, Dean of the College of Business at OSU.