Leading verses being led has two distinct meanings. As a noun, lead (pronounced like” bread”) is a metallic element on the periodic table “pb”. When used as a verb (pronounced like greed) means “to guide or direct”. Led comes into play as the past tense of the verb “lead”.
There is plenty of room in the restaurant business for leading and those who are “led”.
My question to you is, which one of these are you?
If you are the owner of the restaurant business, then being a leader will play a significant role in the success. If you work for someone else then being “led” by a good leader is important to your future.
Lastly if you are the leader and you are leading others, being able to recognize potential leaders is just as essential to your success as well.
So, let’s break this down to help understand who your leaders are and who they aren’t.
YOU THE LEADER
As the leader, you should always be setting the example, being proactive, taking action, addressing issues, and not letting the small things slip through your fingers. Letting those who work for you understand that you are the one who will be consistent, transparent, set the vision, the philosophy and desires for the restaurant operation.
Communicating this to them on a regular basis through daily get-togethers, i.e., shift meetings, staff meetings.
My favorite way to communicate to my staff was always “the gathering.”
The gathering is where I have a meal prepared for the staff, and they get to sit and enjoy and be served. The gathering concept came from my memories of family dinners where we would share idea’s and thoughts and, of course, foster good communication. The conversation at the table can be very helpful in developing a sense of “family” and working together towards a common goal.
It also gave me the opportunity to show them that I was willing to carry out what I have started. The value of this opportunity showed them that I would always guide them, support them and, of course, believe in them.
I also wanted to show them that it wasn’t all about me. I wanted to build trust and respect and how important they were to me and the restaurant operation.
BUILD IT AND THEY WILL FOLLOW
Early in my life I knew I was not a follower. My desire to lead others started at a young age. Taking the lead was natural to me, In some respect I guess I didn’t want to be told what to do. So the alternative was to be the leader. The rewards of being a leader didn’t come easily, and it was lots of hard work and dedication.
Being a leader was what I was created to be. Knowing what I was created to be, didn’t come wrapped up in a box with fancy bow. There was still allot to learn but the most important thing over the years that I learned was “it isn’t all about you”.
With all the God given talent, I was born with, there was still some tuning up needed before the big leagues.
What I’m saying is, if you feel that you have the leadership potential and in the restaurant business we say “it’s in your blood” then who you are being “Led” by matters.
Pick who you are following seriously! I followed those that said what they thought, and didn’t play games. What they said could be taken at face value and I was confident that it would remain that way no matter what. They would build trust and in turn it would build strong relationships. They had a passion and expressed it with strong emotion.
They were authentic, and this deepen the bond between leader and follower.
It is all about building relationships one at a time. So remember to build the relationship first and then they will follow.
The definition says that inspired is ” of extraordinary quality, as arising from some external creative impulse” John F Kennedy said, ” that.
Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other” which means ” necessary.”
As you develop your staff, and your future leaders look at those who get inspired and want to learn.
Leaders are readers and have a need to understand and know why. The real leader know’s better to try and be something they are not. They also surround themselves with the smarter people than themselves, and that could do the job better.
It’s been said that the ultimate test of a true leader is not what you do in the here and now, but instead what continues to grow when you are gone.