Great Leader Qualities | Do You Have Them?
If you have no interest in being a great leader, then this post is not for you.
If you intend to enjoy your company’s products and services, share them here and there, that’s amazing for sure – but in this post, I’m speaking directly to those who want to learn the leadership qualities needed to become a leader.
In addition, I’m talking to those who wish to attain higher levels of leadership, which include leading a team.
Leadership starts even before you have sponsored your first person. It involves focusing on a long-term vision, the future, your future. One could argue it is about playing the part before being the part (within reason – this isn’t a fake until you make it an idea). But it’s about expecting results to happen, picturing being a great leader that people look up to – in your organization and beyond.
This mindset and positioning are attractive to those looking for you, your prospects.
We often discuss the leading with value concept; this is no different. You are of value, and with so much ‘noise’ out there, especially on social media, it’s about putting yourself out there as a leader would.
Now, it’s not uncommon to find a fine line between a leadership role and a management role. That’s what I want to discuss today.
Use this opportunity to reflect on the qualities you bring and do they fall into a leadership quality or management? It could be through no fault, especially if a leadership role is new to you. We are often conditioned as employees or managers to act a certain way, and it is perfectly acceptable in those types of positions.
However, to achieve a leadership role, one that a great leader possesses is a different animal (I always found that to be such an odd term to use, but fitting in some cases)
Let me first suggest this …
Leaders have people follow them. Managers have people work for them.
Would you agree?
Management comments resemble something like ‘my team isn’t doing anything or ‘my team isn’t duplicating.’ I read an article that suggested these are common phrases among network marketers who perhaps are great recruiters but haven’t the slightest idea how to lead those they have brought into their business.
Leadership comments resemble ‘how can I serve?’ or ‘how can I help?‘. A great leader should also be mindful of who deserves their time. They should not be in the business of dragging or making someone do something. The best thing a leader can do is continue their path of success. You might be familiar with a ‘boss says go, and a leader says let’s go.’
This applies here.
I compiled a bit of a list of what, in my opinion, I believe are the must have’s in a leadership role.
7 Qualities of a Great Leader
Please note that these are not in a particular order and may vary from leader to leader. However, I believe wholeheartedly they are all critical. We could also add in their things like honesty, innovation, creativity, persistence, etc.
Another term for those who are not always as successful in leadership roles is this need to micromanage.
This leads to things like dependency or a constant need for direction. This will not develop new leaders, and ultimately in this industry is exactly what we want – Leaders create new leaders. You won’t escape it as soon as you get into the hand-holding world.
You may start to feel like your time is abused or that people don’t develop the confidence to go out independently. This isn’t their fault … frankly, as a leader, it’s yours.
There was a time when I was still active in the network marketing industry, once my wife and I had attained success, and watching our team grow, duplicate, succeed, and all things in between were such a beautiful thing. It wasn’t about creating a group of followers; it became about creating a tribe of leaders and having the ability to take an afternoon off and know that the well-oiled machine would keep running when you experience actual growth, true residual, and true freedom.
I want to note that a great leader isn’t only knowledgeable in the network marketing space.
They have continued (and continue) to nurture their business toolbox. They are constant learners, not solely through books and audios, but through workshops, mentors, coaches, courses, etc. A great leader knows that their journey of development is ongoing.
Do you want to become a great leader?
Self-Asses, do you possess the skills to get there?
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