So it dawned on me the other day that though you have seen my face on many videos most visitors to my page may not even know my leadership journey, so as they say there is not better time to start than now!
Everyone starts somewhere…
I started like most 18 year olds thinking I knew everything and that I could take over the world next week. This was all well and good until I actually had to step up and lead.
Reality hit hard and fast when I became the off sider to my manager and realised this was not going to be a breeze. So I took it upon myself to learn as much as I could, I became well known in the store I worked in to everyone, as the girl with too many questions, but I knew the more I know the better. My opportunity came quickly as my manager had to leave unexpectantly and I was up.
Everyone needs a great coach
Luckily I had a great coach to not only give me guidance but the feedback I needed to realise just how much I had to learn, which at times was a big job with the attitude that I had at the time.
Through it all he persisted and taught me so much about financials and fundamentals of running a profitable business, there was just one thing missing. How to manage people!
A leader is nothing without their people
So here I was creating great results but frustrated that it was all left to me to do!
Here’s where my ill conceived mantra stepped in – “It’s my way or the highway”.
So for the next few years (that’s right I said years!) that’s how I manage the business, don’t ask questions just do it now!
The financials were great, my business was profitable but I ruled with fear so my team only did what they needed to do no more, engagement was low….
And then came the day I got sick and couldn’t be there to bark the orders and it was bad, really bad….
And I finally got it!
If I didn’t have my team I didn’t have any type of success and right there it all changed. I started making a plan for how I could upskill my people to be successful even when I wasn’t there. There were lots of long hours initially but it was the best investment I ever made!
Not only did my amazing team start performing like champions they also started getting promoted themselves, and they were so much happier so attendance went through the roof and ask any leader that my friend is the best reward you can ever have.
Years of learning and experience have given me the insight to all sides of leadership and that is why I so excited to help leaders far and wide to save them time and become amazing leaders today no matter where you start..