CNN.com published a CareerBuilder.com article called "23 traits of good leaders." It is interesting to note that the traits listed in the article are all traits that a successful franchise manager possesses or learns during the course of their time at the College Pro Painters franchise opportunity. In the article, Vice President of media relations at public relations agency JCPR, Rachael Fisher-Layne, states that her number one quality in a leader is, "Honesty. Always do the honest thing. It makes employees feel like they know where they stand with you at all times." Honesty is a tenet of the College Pro franchise opportunity. Student entrepreneurs need to be able to conduct all aspects of their business with integrity. Everything from dealing with customers to handling employees requires being genuine.
The article had contributions from a number of high profile business executives and authors. One such author, Nancy Clark, who wrote, "18 Holes for Leadership," opines that leaders, "Leverage team strengths. Part of awareness is 'don't expect people to change.' If you think you can change someone, think again. This doesn't mean you can't help them grow and develop. But don't expect to change anyone (even yourself) behaviorally. We are who we are. Your job as a leader is to understand each person's strengths and place them in positions where they can flourish and grow. If you're good at that, you have a huge part of the equation for success."Student entrepreneurs in the College Pro Painters franchise manager program are groomed into leaders. Their training and their work demands it of them.
The franchise manager program isn't for everyone, but those who have the perseverance and the tenacity for it can go on to accomplish amazing feats. College Pro alumni have gone on to build their own businesses and rise to the top of existing companies. Jeff Wall, for example, is a graduate of the College Pro Painters franchise manager program, and he took the leadership skills that he learned with College Pro to help him now run one of the largest handyman franchises in North America, Handyman Connection.
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