Close
Management Practices

How to Lead

Allan Labos | April 9, 2013 | 7:24 PM

Our industry consists mostly of self-taught leaders—few of us possess formal MBAs in business. Instead, our limited skills are acquired through trial and error at the School of Hard Knocks. We depend on a mixture of limited courses provided by our vendors, peer-led training programs, and the occasional motivational seminar. In order to continually develop our leadership skills essential to our craft, this is not enough by far.

 

QUALITIES OF A GOOD LEADER

 

Effective Cheerleader: Possess the ability to motivate others to get excited and participate.

 

Willing: An effective leader is willing to give their time, energy, and dedication in order to inspire others to commit their all, to the vision of the brand and continually strive to deliver the best possible experience for the client.

 

An Inquisitive Visionary: Good leaders are open to new ways of approaching their business model, understanding that there might be better solutions that have yet to be explored in order to achieve current and future benchmarks.

 

An Efficient Communicator: Possesses the ability to share new ideas, eliminate the fear of change, implement protocols, stay on message, demonstrate how short-term steps, will lead to long term success

 

Playing the Part: Visualize yourself playing the part of a conductor, directing your team in the creation of beautiful music while still keeping all the players and instruments in sync.

 

Empower: Your team to support each other, step in when needed to support and further empower them when they stumble along their new journey.

 

A Life-long Learner: There is an art to celebrating and harnessing lessons from unavoidable mistakes. Some will be costlier than others, but you must learn to ride the lows in the same manner you ride the highs.

 

An Implementer of Change: To see the bigger picture, separate the woods from the trees, root down to the true source of a problem, and offer achievable solutions. Encourage your team to not be satisfied when something is substandard, but instead empower them to question the status quo and take the necessary steps to enliven tired routines.

 

Never Satisfied: Strong leaders are always pursuing excellence from their team and themselves—perfection should be seen as an inspirational zenith not easily attained. You are therefore always pushing the brand to a new level, striving to create and implement changes with the ultimate goal of your team's success always in mind.

 

Ability: The ability to tackle several projects at the same, ability to know, how to delegate others better suited in the implementation of current projects.

 

Approachable: Make it a point to step away of leading from behind the styling chair, or whilst servicing a client, get out of your office and be seen by your team and customers. Listen and familiarize yourself with their limits as well as their strengths so that you are able to wisely delegate tasks by selecting the right team members for the job.

 

Easily Adaptable: To hear, see and embrace current realistic logistics, reset appropriate new course based upon current resources.

Encourage debate, understand that 'their success is your success', utilizing your team to its' full capacity and then advancing the team to the next milestone.

 

Always Alert: Be fearful of procrastination, as you are only as good as your weakest link.  Snoozing equals loosing.

 

Humble in Success: Successful leaders are usually modest in sharing their accomplishments. Most when asked will say they were just doing what was necessary at any given point in time and enjoyed the challenge. Monetary compensation was just a by product in their team's pursuit on achieving success

 

HOW TO GET THERE

 

DEMONSTRATE how you want your team to behave by having the best work ethic of all. Stay passionate, energetic, and self-motived, keep yourself healthy, and be willing to work long hours. 

 

STAY POSITIVE and eliminate the words 'no' or 'failure' from your vocabulary, Instead, phrase changes with “We have developed a better way…” or “We need to focus in this direction…” Embrace “failure” as a positive challenge in correcting and advancing the course of your mission.

 

BEING inspiring, generous, socially comfortable, organized, well groomed  are some of the qualities to be constantly mindful. 

 

TAKE COURSES on leadership, management, team building, and public speaking at you local learning institutions, join business groups, and use the resources available to you through your local Chamber of Commerce.

 

USE YOUR DOWNTIME for personal development. Go to your local library and research books on topics that will lead you to become a more well-rounded and fulfilled individual.

 

PRACTICE THE ART OF MOMENTUM by using the energy from a recent accomplishment to propel you and your team to the next milestone.

 

ASSOCIATE yourself with other business leaders you respect within local industries in your area as well as other visionaries who are making advances in your field of expertise.

Facebook Comments

More from Management Practices

Salon Today 200 The open concept reception table at Lavish in Webster, TX.
Salon Today 200

2017 Salon Today 200: Customer Service

Stacey Soble | December 1, 2016

When it comes to a client building a long-term relationship with a salon, the level of service a guest receives can be more important than the precision of the haircut of the quality of the color. Customer service impacts the client's overall experience, and the salons and spas who deliver it during each and every visit boost their overall sales along with their client retention figures. Find out who made this year's Salon Today 200 list in Customer Service.

Salon Today 200 The team at Rock Paper Scissor SalonSpa in Santa Fe, NM.
Salon Today 200

2017 Salon Today 200: Employee Education

Stacey Soble | December 3, 2016

For the most successful service providers, education is a career-long process. The best salons develop systems to strengthen the skills and confidnece of their newest team members, whicle encouraging their seasoned staff to continually stretch by brining education into the salon or supporting those who venture out to seek new skills. Find out which salons received top honors in the Salon Today 200 by developing strong education programs.

Salon Today 200 When Ayla lost her hair during treatment for a rare form of leukemia, her sister and several members of her Brownie troop decided they wanted to donate hair to Wigs for Kids. The team at Impressions in Mequon, WI, made that happen, and here Ayla makes the first cut.
Salon Today 200

2017 Salon Today 200: Philanthropy

Stacey Soble | December 5, 2016

When salons and spas participate in community charities or organize their own philanthropic activity, the often are acting from the heart. But the goodwill generated from these activities serves as a powerful marketing tool and can propel both personal and professional growth. Here are our 2017 Salon Today 200 honorees in the category of Philanthropy.

Salon Today 200 The team from The Circle Salon on retreat at the Garfield Park Conservatory in Chicago, IL.
Salon Today 200

2017 Salon Today 200: Salon Culture

December 9, 2016

Announcing the 2017 Honorees in the category of Salon Culture. Culture is that invisible, yet tangilbe, energy that binds and propels a team and attracts clients. A strong culture is hard to define and even more difficult to build. But when mastered, these salons are unstoppable.

Load More