Strategies for Leading Through Change
The Fitness Business Podcast Host Chantal Brodrick moderated the first industry leader panel of the day, featuring Franco’s Health Club & Spa Owner Sandy Franco, Active Wellness LLC Founder and Chairman Jill Kinney, and Castle Hill Fitness 360 General Manager Michele Melkerson-Granryd, M.Ed. The panelists shared their experiences and lessons on leading through times of change.
Panelists said the key to effective leadership in times of change is identifying when there is resistance to changes, and coaching your team through a respectful transition period. Most unwillingness to change is rooted in fear, so listening to your team and allowing them to express their concerns will encourage a greater adaptability.
The topic shifted to the importance of women in leadership roles when Brodrick pointed out that each of the “Leading Through Change” panelists had served on IHRSA’s Board of Directors. Kinney stressed the importance of getting started early on the path to leadership, and encouraged women in the room not to wait to apply.
Serving on the IHRSA Board “grew me professionally and personally, and catapulted my career and my business,” said Franco.