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ELS Spotlight With Ashlee Smith

Ashlee Smith is a Retaile Manager at Farmers & Merchants Bank in Mountain Home, AR.

My primary job responsibilities include overseeing branch profitability and performance in all markets, as well as product development and training.

What is the greatest advice you have ever been given?

The best advice I’ve received that truly resonated with me was to never stop learning. There are so many great quotes out there that support this mindset, but I wanted to share my favorite.

“Never stop learning, because life never stops teaching.” - Unknown

What does effective leadership look like to you?

  • Leading by example is the best form of leadership.
  • Creating an environment with an open door atmosphere that allows for honest communication and being available when your team members need you most.
  • Being knowledgeable in your field so that you can provide support for your team when needed.
  • Allow for your team members to take on new projects without micromanaging them, so that they can grow within their roles and develop accountability for their work.
The ELS Spotlight is an ongoing series to highlight our Emerging Leaders from around Arkansas.