If you’re a manager, or if you own a salon, the people on your team need managing. Sometimes that means that you have to be strong or tough, but you can still be nice about it. Being tough doesn’t mean that you have to be a bully or aggressive, or that you need to treat people unfairly.
It just means that you have to be the boss, and that means that at times you are going to make certain decisions that not everyone on your team is going to like!
Or, that at times you will have to call people on their stuff and confront situations, but you’re the boss and that goes with the territory of management.
Being nice is a strength!
As an owner or manager, of course, you should be nice to the people on your team! No one wants to work for, or with a bully, or an an ogre!
Unfortunately, though, sometimes, some people, will see your ‘niceness’ as a weakness and assume that you’re a soft touch and if you let them they will take advantage of it. But being nice isn’t a weakness, it’s a strength.
People will sometimes let you down…
People will sometimes let you down, sometimes the people on your team will disappoint you, again that goes with the territory of being in business, or being a manager.
When that happens it’s sometimes tempting to get bitter and twisted and lose your faith and trust in all people, but that’s the worst thing you can do.
When people let you down you have to ask yourself, what you are meant to learn from it, because there’s always a lesson in there for you too! And then you just have to get back on with it, hopefully, a bit wiser for the experience.
But don’t let it stop you being a nice person to be around, because just as there are some people who will let you down, there are many others that are loyal, honest, hardworking and passionate people, either already on your team, or who want to join your team, you just have to find them.
So be nice, but don’t let people take advantage of you.