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me, and I hung on to it my entire life.
Now, when I look back, I recognize
what my counselor was really telling
me: a person in power empowers
followers with their words.
Th at's why I make sure to use my
words in a positive way to empower
my employees, and when I introduce
someone to someone else, I use the
power of my words to edify them.
Th ere is no stronger way to build up
someone than to personally praise
them when given the chance.
Coming from the leader, those words
carry powerful and inspiring meaning.
Standards apply to everyone -
including you
Whether you like it or not, as a
Bite-Sized Lessons
in Pizzeria Leadership
" Leaders become great not because of their power, but because of
their ability to empower others. " - John Maxwell, bestselling author/
speaker/leadership coach.
O
ften, I'm asked to share my
secret for success. It is a
humbling question - and
one with many answers - but the
most compelling and true response
always circles back to the great people
who work for and with me. I lead a
team of well over 200, and to many of
you, that may be a staggering number.
To others, it might be a small
number. No matter how big of a team
you lead, however, there are some key
points you must apply to be able to
do so successfully.
My lessons in leadership draw
from the classes and books I've read
on the topic over the years, as well as
profound personal experiences. Th ese
are just a few, but I hope you fi nd
them useful.
Recognize the power of words
I was in sixth grade, got into some
trouble at school, a parent-teacher
conference was scheduled, and I'll
never forget what my guidance
counselor said: " Nicky, you're a leader,
not a follower. " I wasn't sure if he was
just trying to get me to stop hanging
with - and leading - the wrong
crowd or if he really saw something
in me, but that line always stuck with
leader, you're always in the spotlight.
All eyes are on you at all moments,
even if you're tired, beat up or going
through a personal crisis. People are
watching to see what behaviors are
accepted, and they're watching to see
what pace you set. Th ey watch how
you dress, what words you say and
even how punctual you are. Th erefore,
you cannot hold your employees to
strict standards and rules if you do not
attune to them, as well.
Share the spotlight
Th ere will be many ups and downs
in your business. Great leaders know
when to take the light off them and
shine it on their team members in
those high moments, just as they
know to take the light and shine it on
themselves in low moments. After all,
we are trying to position everyone on
our team to win - and a great leader
does just that. Th ey don't just lead
great teams; they build them. Th at's
what we will talk about in upcoming
next installments.
NICK BOGACZ is the founder and president of Caliente Pizza & Draft House in Pittsburgh. Instagram: @caliente_pizza
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