Great leaders, including salon owners and managers, realize in order to get people follow them, they have to turn what’s important to them into a compelling cause for others to follow.
How do you do that? Find out what’s most important to you! It has a name…values. It is what you use to determine what’s right, wrong, and good in your life. It’s what makes you happy.
When you are living with values, the world (and your team) see the very best of you! Have them violated and the same world (same team) sees the very worst in you. You’ll know…it’s like sandpaper to your soul when your values are violated.
Take a look at http://www.stevepavlina.com/articles/list-of-values.htm . There is a list of 418 values for you to choose. When you go through the list, you’re not picking what you want your values to be, you are picking what your values are. You will have several. Narrow the list down to 10. It’s a fun and enlightening exercise.
You will see the world differently. Think of new glasses or contacts where the world is crystal clear to you. As human beings, we are most happy when we are living and having our personal values met. Great leaders turn what’s important to them into a compelling cause for others to follow. By gaining this clarity for yourself, it becomes much easier for you to articulate to others (your team) and it becomes clearer to those around you.
If knowing my values motivates me, how do I motivate my people? It is not a leader’s job to motivate their people; it is their job to not extinguish their peoples’ motivation. How do you do that? Find out what motivates your people. What motivates them? Same thing that motivates you…living their values!
Don’t forget what business you are in. It’s the people business. Your ability to grow will be directly linked to your ability to hire, lead, and retain great people. Great people stay where they can be emotionally committed. Emotional commitment comes from being able to live your values and have others around you support them. Great leaders know their own values and support the values of their followers.
Followers…leaders have them!
Jay Williams has 20 years of experience across a wide variety of disciplines. He has helped numerous salon owners achieve desired business outcomes through his leadership in sales, client services, and executive coaching. He has impressive experience in sales process transformation, managing and driving change, and designing and tracking to customer needs. He also has proven expertise in creating alignment to ensure clarity and focus on strategic priorities.