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7 Questions on Leadership with Annie Sandler

Name: Annie Sandler

Title: Owner/Operations of Butta

My name is Annie Sandler. I'm the owner of Butta. I'm an entrepreneur as well as a single mother. I strive on a daily basis to attract new clientele and engage in public speaking to motivate new young entrepreneurs to achieve their dreams.

Thank you to the 2,000 leaders who’ve generously done the 7 Questions on Leadership!

I hope Annie's answers will encourage you in your leadership journey. Enjoy!


Jonno White

1. What have you found most challenging as a leader?

Allowing time for my responsibilities as a business woman, mother, and public engagements.

2. How did you become a leader? Can you please briefly tell the story?

Working the "9 to 5" never appealed to me personally, I always knew that I wanted to be an entrepreneur and educated my audience that life is what you make of it, live your fullness and prosper at it.

As a woman into fashion and design, i was working staging luxury rental homes across the globe and owning a salon i wanted not only to speak about how you can achieve your goals and dreams and become your own success story as a young woman i danced professionally

tap, ballet and jazz with a wonderful company in St. Louis Missouri. It was unbelievable and an incredible journey. As a group we learned how to work together and travel worldwide and perform together. This did lead me to wanting high goals as a business woman. I still today work hard to achieve more , not only out of myself but my clients more so . It's very important to listen to your clients wants and needs and then accommodate them as need be. I truly love my clients and carrier and every day is an exciting new challenge.

3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?

It's very important to me to be structured on a daily basis.

this is important, otherwise people tend to stray from what's important and where they need to focus. especially in today's society with social media and an overwhelming amount of stimulation. In the morning I focus on preparing my children for thier day.

Mid-Morning i devote a couple of hours to go over emails, return phone calls, and schedule clients and a light overview of my day. Then i workout and do some things for myself. such as reading, taking care of my body or reading on topics that make me more knowledgeable and productive in the workforce and or reading client profiles.

Lunchtime i typically meet with new potential clients or existing ones that have questions.

late afternoon I spend time with my children and we talk about their day as well as mine.

In the evening after my kids go to sleep, i work on business and read emails /return emails and plan for the following day.

4. What's a recent leadership lesson you've learned for the first time or been reminded of?

I just recently listened to a linkedin podcast and it reminded me of how to relate to clients and to focus on what(me) as a person and business owner wants to be known as .

5. What's one book that has had a profound impact on your leadership so far? Can you please briefly tell the story of how that book impacted your leadership?

In Search said Excellence by jon Peters and Robert Watterman Jr.

The book really made me believe more so in myself and the importance of communication in business.

6. If you could only give one piece of advice to a young leader, what would you say to them?

Find what you want to be known as in life and in business.

who you are and put 100 percent into only that. Then find your audience for it. Speak and get to know your audience and educate them on "who" and what you're known as.

7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a leader, so far?

Mine is a constant. It's the happy look , that look of joy and even tears of happiness when a client sees a final product and or project.

Its a beautiful feeling of success not only for me but more so for my client.

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