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: Mary Jane Riva, president and CEO of Pizza Factory
- Time in current position: 26 years
- Mary Jane's philosophy: "Treat people with respect, work hard, and remember there are no problems, only solutions."
My parents, along with my first employer at age 16, instilled in me respect for my co-workers and employer, the value of hard work, responsibility and how to interact with the public. This all played a big part in my growth as a Pizza Factory franchisee and therefore, led me to take over ownership of Pizza Factory.
My mentors have helped me to move from the franchisee level to the franchisor level. Everyone I've met has been very generous with their time when it comes to sharing past experiences and learning opportunities. They have walked along side as I go through this journey of new growth, experiences and self-revelation. They continue to push me beyond my comfort zone.
I truly believe that there are no problems; there are only solutions. Finding those solutions can be difficult, and it may not be the solution you had in mind, but it's a solution none the less. An open mind is crucial for growth and being a good leader.
Edited for length and clarity by Nicole Taylor.