Never ask anyone to do something you would not do yourself. Leaders should be able to do it too. Never lie. Honesty and Integrity are the key to success. Also, don’t be friends with your staff. Lead them, guide them and offer them support but the leader of the company is always alone, not friends with the team. Keep a professional relationship.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Nathalie Vranken, the CEO Champagne POMMERY.
Thank you so much for doing this with us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
Love at first sight!
What do you think makes your company stand out? Can you share a story?
Champagne POMMERY has always been ahead of its time with having women leadership. After her husband passed, Madame Pommery took over the family business, an unusual occurrence for the 19th century. She lead the company to great success and was the inventor of Brut Champagne. I follow the inspiration of Madame Pommery and “never imitate anyone, including yourself.”
Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you began leading your company?
The most interesting story since leading the company was creating the 1st Experience POMMERY exhibit at the POMMERY Domaine. The contemporary art exhibit was a challenge but a thrilling adventure.
Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?
Finding the right artists to exhibit within the cellars and caves at the POMMERY domaine in Reims. You are always learning from your mistakes, at any level.
What advice would you give to other female leaders to help their team to thrive?
Never ask anyone to do something you would not do yourself. Leaders should be able to do it too.
Never lie. Honesty and Integrity are the key to success. Also, don’t be friends with your staff. Lead them, guide them and offer them support but the leader of the company is always alone, not friends with the team. Keep a professional relationship.
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?
We must always give credit to those have helped us along the way. When I was just 23 years old, Antoine Gridell, GM of Nina Ricci in Paris gave me my first big break and first contract as an independent company. Also, I owe a lot to my Mother who helped me while I raised a family and ran a company. It was never easy. While I was traveling, I knew that my children were well taken care of. People have helped me along the way and I always feel that I should help others too.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
Through my love of art. I bring aesthetics to the world and beauty to a world that continues to prove itself harder and harder to live in.
What are your “5 Leadership Lessons I Learned From My Experience” and why. (Please share a story or example for each.)
1) Rigeur, Rigeur Rigeur
2) Work Hard
3) Be Honest
4) Be curious so you continue to grow… if you stop growing, you are dead
5) Love other people and give them credit when deserved
You are a person of great influence. If you could inspire a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. 🙂
Female Empowerment, and know your worth and importance in this world. If every woman were to stop moving for just one day, what would happen to the world? Without women, the world may stop! It would stop.
Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?
Madame Pommery — “Never imitate anyone, including yourself”
It is your freedom, your chance. I have been free to create something, have choices. I have the liberty to do what I believe in and I act on it. Never copy others. When you copy others, you are not free. Be an original. Be you.
Are you working on any exciting new projects now? How do you think that will help people?
Right now our newest project is Louis Pommery, the sparkling wine and we are on the quest for crating the perfect Chardonnay. We want to make the Pommery name and sparkling wine category high quality but also accessible to all.
How can our readers follow you on social media?
I do not have personal social media accounts, so follow along at @champagnepommery
Thank you so much for these inspiring insights!