Vanderpump Rules Leadership
I don’t live in Beverly Hills, nor can I fathom the kind of money the Real Housewives have, but Lisa Vanderpump demonstrates some very real leadership talent on Vanderpump Rules. You don’t have to watch the reality show, set in West Hollywood, to learn from Lisa. Yes, she owns many restaurants, she’s rich, she’s a savvy and a fashionable business woman. But, she’s got leadership chops. Her employees are aspiring models and actors, who work at Sur and bring an inconceivable amount of drama to the workplace.
Five Leadership Lessons From Lisa
1) She’s Direct – this is what I first noticed and respected about her leadership style. When Lisa needs to speak to or reprimand an employee, she does it very directly. There’s no bullshit.
2) She Resolves Issues Quickly – when there’s an issue at work, she addresses it immediately with staff members. She does not wait to let the moment pass her by. Often, managers are afraid to give bad news or reprimand an employee, which causes them to stall these meetings. The reality is that employees deserve to hear the truth and it’s best to tell them immediately. Waiting a few days or a week won’t make it any easier. In fact, it usually makes it more difficult.
3) She Understands and Listens to her Employees – she often gives her employees very good advice. But, even if you aren’t getting overly deep with employees, managers need to seek to understand and listen to employees. Especially now, dealing with many generations, it’s important that you understand and can relate to your employees. And, give them an opportunity to talk to you. Your door should always be open for your people.
4) She Demands Respect – employees know what’s expected of them and they wouldn’t even think about crossing her. They are visibly shaken when they have to go speak with her. She’s fair and a generous employer and employees really don’t want to disappoint her. Her British accent probably adds to the fact that she’s respected, but she’s one classy dame.
5) Her Causes are Everyone’s Causes – every employee knows Lisa’s causes. She’s very supportive of the LBGTQ community. She often has a float in the Pride Parade and is there with her employees to celebrate equality. She hosts parties at her restaurants, SUR and PUMP following the event. Her employees also know her love of dogs and her passion for saving animals. She has been in the public eye frequently to She has a doggie sidekick and his name is Giggy. She and her husband dress her pup in posh doggie clothes. He goes everywhere and even occasionally drinks out of crystal goblets at the dinner table. She also supports other causes if it’s something important to one of her friends, so she’s doing a whole lot of good. People feel good when they are doing more than gathering a paycheck. It’s nice to do something to support humanity. Your employees get to know you and bond over the causes you include employees in.
As you can see, a leader from Vanderpump Rules and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills can teach valuable business skills. So, stop giving us crap about enjoying this guilty little pleasure. We might just be studying leadership.