5. Surround yourself with people who are smarter than you
Leaning on others who are smarter than you is a strength, not a weakness. Your willingness to use others’ strengths and smarts will help your business succeed. You want to have people around you who are painfully honest. Avoid sugar-coaters and “yes” folks at all costs. My partners and I were willing to tell each other the truth for the sake of our business.
My brother, Michael Landau, and my ex-husband, Cameron Webb, were my Drybar business partners. They are both brilliant. The three of us all brought very different skill sets to the business. Michael, did the back end—inventory and payroll. Cameron, handled the branding and marketing. Knowing that they were all-in with me made all the difference. Michael, our executive chairman, and Cameron, our creative director, are still a key part of Drybar. I could not be happier to have them on my team.
As we grew, we recognized that we needed smarter, more experienced people to help us scale the business and realize our vision for Drybar. Partnering with those people took our business to the next level of success.