your leadership style,
by building on strengths,
and addressing weaknesses,
is one of the easiest ways to
get everyone on board with
Itâs common for most of your clients to be similar
to you in age, taste and lifestyle. But if your entire
team is just like youâwith the same abilities
and leadership styleâyour business could be stymied.
Jeanine OâNeill-Blackwell, founder of inyu training
in Covington, Louisiana (an online training resource for
salons and spas), has been coaching corporate and salon
professionals for decades. Using the renowned 4MAT
Learning Type Measure, which determines leadership
styles, she has assessed thousands of industry professionals.
She says more than 65 percent of salon pros
are 4MAT Types 3 or 4, while 65 percent of spa pros
are Types 1 and 2. In short, most salons need more
data-driven personalities who will bring structure, work
the numbers and use systems to boost productivity.
âTo move to the next level, salon owners should
build on their strengths and bring in the right people to
complement their weaknesses,â says OâNeill-Blackwell.
âThe key to growing a business is applying the right
leadership approach at the right time. If you are a visionary
leader, there is a point at which strong managerial
skills need to be added to the mix to grow to the
next level. Knowing when and how to do this is vital.â
She adds that Type 1 strengths must be constantly
present to build a team, and the strengths of Types
3 and 4 are musts for growing the business. The
strengths of Type 2 are critical for building structures
What type of leader are you?
Where are your strengths, and where do
you need help (âstretchesâ in 4MAT lingo)?
Check out the 4MAT Leadership Style
chart to determine which of
the four types best represents you.
Once you know your type, getting
results, addressing any challenge and
getting all learning types committed to a
goal involves moving through each of the
favorite questions of the four types, says
OâNeill-Blackwell: the âwhy,â âwhat,â
âhowâ and âifâ (what would that look
like ifâ¦). âWe train leaders and trainers
in many Fortune 500 companies to
use this technique, and weâve uniquely
adapted it to the beauty business,â she
adds. âWeâve has done all the work of
applying 4MAT to everything from staff
meeting guides to productivity to planning
Howâs it work? The best way to understand
how you can leverage your strengths,
boost your abilities and integrate other types
into your team is to follow the stories of
four different types of salon owners and
discover their incredible payoffs:
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Are you ready to lead an interactive staff meeting with your team, using the
4MAT Learning Type Measure? Download your free guide so you can:
â¢ Discover your teamâs strengths.
â¢ Use the interactive exercises to build your team and enhance communication.
Visit inyutraining.com to download your free guide and purchase the Learning
Type Measure to assess your team.