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The Recipe For Empowered Leadership: 25 Ingredients For Creating Value & Empowering Others

In his late twenties, Doug Meyer-Cuno decided to abandon his budding corporate career to found his own company.

He would go on to grow Carolina Ingredients from a one-person operation into a multimillion-dollar manufacturing company with an international customer base, eventually selling the company to Mitsubishi. The pages within detail and examine the recipe Doug used for his own success to help others find their own, categorized into five main principles: Vision, Core Culture Values, Authenticity, Transparency, and Gratitude.

The Recipe for Empowered Leadership: 25 Ingredients for Creating Value and Empowering Others recounts the lessons Doug learned along that journey, from facing down his micromanager tendencies to embracing servant leadership as a coach and mentor to his team. Brimming with easy-to-read leadership strategies and the life-changing “defining moments” that developed them, Doug reveals the value that a strong, yet grateful leader adds to any organization and how to incorporate those principles into your own leadership practice and life.

Doug Meyer Cuno

Doug Meyer-Cuno founded Carolina Ingredients, a nationally recognized and award winning industrial seasoning manufacturer based in Rock HIll, SC. Under his leadership, Doug led the company's growth into several industrial food markets becoming one of the premier privately owned seasoning manufacturers. Carolina Ingredients became the first LEED Sustainable seasoning manufacturing plant in the country. Solar Energy supplies alternative fuel for the production facility.

In 2011, Carolina Ingredients became a finalist for South Carolina's Small Business of the Year Award. In March of 2019, Mitsubishi, completed their acquisition of Carolina Ingredients as a strategic platform for their expansion into the North American market. Carolina Ingredients became the first privately owned company to be purchased by the Japanese conglomerate.

Doug has also founded Compaction International, DMC Enterprises LLC, and Merisal. Recently, Doug created Empowered Leadership which helps entrepreneurs, business owners, and CEOs scale their companies by empowering their teams, allowing them to work ON their company rather than IN them.

Doug has a distinguished history of community service: Chairman of York County Economic Development Board, South Carolina Ambassador for Economic Development, Member of the Clover/Lake Wylie YMCA Board, Chairman of Gaston Day School, Member of Yadkin Bank's Community Board of Directors, Chairman of the Council for his local church.

Graduated from Furman University in Greenville, SC BA

Harvard Business School OPM 33, 2004