It’s not difficult to fall into the trap of being a follower in Network Marketing. From the moment you sign your name on your business registration form, you are guided into a certain direction designed for you by your upline. Some people find comfort in signing up for expensive lead programs and wind up quitting, while others choose to follow outdated techniques taught at monthly trainings and wind up quitting. The people who do not quit are the ones who understand the importance of being a leader instead of a follower.
It’s great to get guidance when you first begin something new and exciting, but owning your own business means you have to be in charge. Leadership requires more than simply making a decision that you are not going to follow someone else. Here are seven characteristics that you must strive to understand and practice.
- Be Strong:
This doesn’t mean you should go to the gym every day and pump iron. (Even though it’s always a good idea to exercise). Being strong means standing up for what you believe in and refusing to let obstacles stand in your way. It is important not to come across as rude. You don’t need a strong and forceful personality, you just need strong conviction for what you want to achieve.
- Be Humble:
Your success is not a means for you to be better than anyone else. This business requires you to help people, and it is extremely difficult for a leader to accomplish this with arrogance. Being humble means you put others first, and the more you take the focus off yourself, the more successful you will become. Successful leaders do not look for applause or think they should deserve it after every good deed.
- Be Bold:
This one is sort of like being strong, but it has to do more with the way you talk to people. It is important to get your point across to people in a direct manner. Everyone is busy and if you are serious about what you do, your boldness will speak volumes. Do not be a bully about it though. No one likes to be pushed into anything, especially by someone they look up to for support and guidance.
- Be Thoughtful:
People who take on the challenge of wanting to work from home and earning extra money usually have a very good reason. A good leader understands the circumstances that people have gone through to get to the point where they need mentoring. The world can be a tough and cruel place, so thoughtfulness and compassion are necessary to encourage people to keep moving in a positive direction.
- Have humor:
It is always a good idea to have a sense of humor while you are mentoring people. If you make everything serious, no one will have any fun or breathing room. You want your distributors to feel as though they have made the right decision by investing in you to help them. Having humor does not mean you are teaching them to take their business lightly. It just means you are teaching them that they can find joy in the process of obtaining success.
- Be An Optimist:
Save pessimism for the bosses of corporate America where it belongs. Successful leaders know that the more you focus on being positive, the more the negativity gets pushed aside and forgotten. It is rough enough to turn on the news every day and hear nothing but negativity. You do not want your people to think that building a business is all weeds and no green grass. Work is work, but having optimism makes it easier to accomplish goals.
7: Have Vision:
Successful leaders build confidence by showing people the possibilities of what they can become, and that requires vision. Painting the picture of prosperity is an important part of being a leader, so talk to people about what could be, then help them improve. When people have a light at the end of the tunnel, it helps them go through the journey of working toward their goals with desire and conviction.
By John Benson