Most training facilities have less than 15 employees and one leader: the owner. The owner often wears every hat:
- cleaning crew
- customer service
- returner of phone calls
- handler of client issues
- social media and website updater
- future growth strategist
Once a training studio becomes successful, the leader must hire more people. Thus, even more of the leader's time is depleted trying to develop team trust and foster a culture of community. If the training facility is to survive, the leader must own this statement: He who gains time, gains everything.
In the personal training world, time is everything. And since time is limited, leaders must limit how they spend their time. They must realize that being overcommitted is one of the greatest time wasters that stunts their growth. Leaders must become time management wizards by figuring out what works for their unique workday, not someone else's.
Since leaders can't be everywhere and do everything at once, they need to develop additional leaders to offload some of their commitments and to ensure the future success of the training facility.
Below are three ways to develop a team of leaders:
- Build a leadership library. Jim Rohn said, "A formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune." Leaders are readers and continuous learners. Help build a personal leadership library for your team members by purchasing copies of a leadership book and personally writing a note of encouragement inside the cover. You never know when a spark will ignite within a young leader.
- Lead a class. If someone is going down the wrong road, they don't need motivation to speed up. Instead, they need education to turn around. Pass out three different books to three teammates and gather once a week to discuss key points from three chapters at a time. Share your personal insight and allow each person to do the same. This also helps you learn from books you may not have the time to read.
- Take a step back. Leaders must let go. They must empower their teams to take advantage of every opportunity to practice their communication and leadership skills. When important occasions arise, emerging leaders will have the gift, the style, the sharpness, the clarity and the emotions to lead other people.
These steps will not develop leaders overnight or give you back five hours in your day tomorrow. Initially, developing leaders will take a few minutes from your day. But when you continue to invest time teaching the next generation of leaders, conducting leadership classes instead of training clients, and stepping back to allow others to lead, then you will get your time back.
Leaders should work every day toward doing what only they can do and give what others can do to others. Identify and find your sweet spot quickly. You may not be the best in the world at it, but it′s the best you can be at it for now. Work as fast as you can to narrow the scope of your "busyness" untill you are spending more time on fewer things.
Share below whether you think developing leaders within your facility will save you time.