My Leadership Journey….
I realized the importance of having great leadership skills when I expanded my home daycare into a center. In fact, my poor leadership skills had a huge impact on my business including; my response to creating change, managing employees, my attitude toward negative employees or even dealing with difficult parents and most of all….my role as the leader in my business.
After I finished typing the paragraph above, I thought, Wow…I was a mess! Yes, I was ready to expand my business, yet…I was not prepared for all that came with owning a center with 4-6 employees, managing a six-figure salary, conducting business meetings, mentoring employees and so much more that comes with owning a center.
After experiencing 2-years of having a high turnover rate, hiring the wrong people and having a bad attitude about my business, I was ready to make a change. That change was to Develop the Leader Within me!
Change the Leader…Change the Organization.~John C. Maxwell
I agree 100% with the John Maxwell Quote above. In fact, reading John Maxwell Books is what changed my business; helped me to discover my strengths as a business owner and inspired me develop my leadership skills.
Moreover, reading John Maxwell books helped me to discover that the problem was not my employees, it was not the parents, the problem was my attitude about the issues that I was facing.
As I developed my leadership skills, every time that a problem occurred, I reflected on how I could effectively handle it.
I must say that as my leadership skills improved, I was able to restore the unity on my team, my worst employee became my best employee, I developed a supportive relationship with my parents, I trained my employees to be leaders so that they were more effective and the morale in my business improved dramatically.
To be quite honest with you, those changes did not take place over night, however, it did take a period of three years to see some consistency in my leadership and I am still growing as a leader today.
As I write this post, I have 23 employees and I must say that if I had not spent years growing as a leader, I would not be a happy boss lady.
In fact, I take the time to connect with my employees and I value their role in my centers. Furthermore, I believe that if I had not grown as a leader, my business would not have grown into 2 locations with a team of 23.
In Summary, I believe that growing as a Leader, will only grow your Business!
Home providers: If you do not have a desire to expand your business, please know that developing your leadership skills will be quite beneficial to you. In fact, it will empower you to think big for your home based business, gain influence with parents and it will give you vital skills that you need to lead assistants that may work with you in your home.
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Everything Rises and Falls on Leadership.~John Maxwell
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