Any great leader recognizes that the greatest skill a leader can have is their ability to exert influence (Fischer, 2017). When I opened my business over seven years ago, I never imagined how hard it would be to become the leader needed to run a successful business. Jack Welch, the former CEO of General Electric, said it best: “Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.” My primary focus when building my coaching staff was to ensure that I found the best personal trainers possible. Ironically, being in the fitness industry, the two issues which I frequently educate my staff about have nothing to do with fitness. Many of my follow-up conversations and quarterly staff training primarily address improving our lines of communication and teaching my employees how to be better problem solvers.
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