There's no one "right" way to lead a business. Today's leaders have a lot of wisdom to impart about managing the modern workforce, because each one approaches leadership in his or her own unique way. Every week, Business News Daily will share a leadership lesson from a successful business owner or executive.
- The leader: Carmelo Marsala, founder and president of the Spray-Net franchise
- Time in current position: 6 years
- Carmelo's philosophy: "Being a great leader is about making sure each team member is happy. Happiness breeds success." (Click to tweet)
After working for three seasons as a student painting franchisee with College Pro during my time at Concordia University, I realized that there was a need to bring the quality of a factory paint job to the homes of consumers. With the help of a few chemists, we developed our proprietary line of paints and started Spray-Net in 2010. In 2013, I began working with business coach/franchise consultant, Patrice Belair, who formerly worked with Dunkin' Brands, and started franchising Spray-Net in Canada.
After being featured on Season 10 of "Dragon's Den" (the Canadian version of "Shark Tank"), we sold locations in every major urban center coast to coast obtaining country-wide coverage. Now, we're expanding into the U.S. and our first location is opening this October in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
This entire experience has, and still does, push me to be the best leader that I can be. Now that we're launching in the US, my leadership skills will be pushed to new heights as we develop our international footprint. It's of the utmost importance that I set a positive example and ensure the teams in both countries are as happy as possible. This, in turn, will allow for continued success for Spray-Net.