CLEVELAND (Sept. 18, 2012) — There are many facets to being a good leader, but the best leaders are those who can share their visions with their employees and direct them toward a common goal, tire dealer panelists said at the International Tire Exhibition & Conference (ITEC) today.
There are three basic types of leadership: authoritarian, participatory and delegative, said Paul Hyatt, chairman of Superior Tire & Auto Inc. and co-moderator of the panel. Most leaders find a combination of those methods that works for them, but all successful leaders have the ability to motivate their employees, he said.
“Just because you're a boss doesn't mean you're a leader,” Mr. Hyatt said.
Honesty, integrity and ethics are crucial to anyone in a leadership position, said Kevin Kormondy, COO of Big O Tires Inc.
“If you adhere to the idea that honesty is the best policy, you can't go wrong,” he said.
Trying to understand an employee's point of view is not only good management, but also can be a source of useful ideas, Andy Chalofsky, owner of online tire retailer Simple Tire L.L.C., said.
“If you can take a second to put yourself in another's shoes: I find that has made me a much more effective leader,” Mr. Chalofsky said.