“Success isn’t just about what you accomplish in your life, it’s about what you inspire others to do.” – Anonymous
I grew up with a positive attitude and being extremely grateful. I didn’t have much in my childhood years as we were the “welfare family” in the neighborhood. My divorced mom did all she could through her mental illness issues and most of the time we were left to tend to ourselves. That experience turned out to be my greatest blessing. Being second to the youngest out of eight children, I chose to look after my younger sister Brenda.
When I took care of her and found ways to surprise her with gifts I made, it brought her so much joy, and it did the same for me. We had a happy childhood! I didn’t even think about the negativity going around us, (and looking back, there was quite a bit of that), I just saw goodness. We laughed, played, and at night I would put my arm around her and tell her wonderful things I was going to do when I grew up, to help her and help my mom.
What I learned was that by serving my sister, I felt love and joy.
To lead is to truly care for the person or people you lead. Most of all, your example will speak volumes of your sincerity.
Over the years I attended seminars and studied books on how to become a better leader. I think one of the greatest characteristics is to always be learning, and always have humility.
When I first started in network marketing, I signed up and didn’t hear from anyone for a few weeks. I knew I had to get out and find information and find someone to teach me. I reached out to top leaders in my company, and luckily, they responded. I grew fast upfront because I was so excited about the product and company, but then when the team was growing larger, I panicked, because I didn’t know how to work with that.
I took a brief time off to study and research different leadership systems that were being used around me.
My research led me into publishing a book titled, Newby 101 – Network Marketing From the Inside Out. Writing it gave me the clarity that I needed to have. I learned that 90% of Success… is Showing Up and staying with it.
The importance of the “showing up” part is to let others know that YOU VALUE AND APPRECIATE each member.
The positive attitude that I gained from those earlier years, has kept me strong, and steadfast, forging forward and working with WIN-WIN scenarios where everyone benefits. CREATING FRIENDSHIPS FIRST WILL GAIN TRUST and people do business with those they trust.
From massive research and observation of top leaders, I have created a list that I use as my constant guideline. I am always learning and always improving.
TOP 13 CHARACTERISTICS OF A GREAT LEADER:
> Be Grateful – It Maintains Humility. You can have self-confidence and humility.
> Be Committed– Be the FIRM FOUNDATION that everyone can rely on for strength.
> Be Accountable. Take ownership of your responsibilities.
> Be Organized. Always follow through when you say you will. No Excuses.
> Be Honest and Transparent. Trust is built through Integrity.
> Be a Great Communicator. This includes being an Active Listener.
> Be Sincere. Your actions and words will either build or crumble hopes and dreams.
> Be Creative and Innovative. Be the Solution Master and the Spark of FUN.
> Be a Visionary. See the future and plan each step backwards to start today.
> Be Learning. Everyday read, watch or listen to great educators and motivators.
> Be Positive and Passionate – Be the Beacon of Light for those who may need it.
> Be a Good Decision Maker. Be able to Take Risks.
> Be a Motivator and Empower Others to do their Best. Embrace their Leadership.
There are many examples of top leaders who exemplify this list such as Jim Rohn, Bob Proctor, Brian Tracy, Tony Robbins, Tom “Big Al” Schreiter, Les Brown, and so many others. Another example are the publishers of this wonderful magazine, George and Debbie Madiou, who have tirelessly published this vast library of networking tips by top specialists in this industry, and who are prime examples of Servant Leadership.
My challenge to you is to write your list or use mine, with qualities that determine a top leader, and use those guidelines when approaching prospects to partner with in building your business. Teach each new member to do the same, which starts them off in a leadership mindset. This helps them to Recruit Up, and work with like-minded individuals.
Whether you are a seasoned network marketing professional or a brand-new member, you will never know who you will impact by your words, actions and deeds. Never doubt your abilities to make a positive difference. What legacy will you leave? How did you make others feel when they are in your presence.
How will you be remembered? YOU are worth the effort!
“If you’re going to live, leave a legacy. Make a mark on the world that can’t be erased.” – Maya Angelou
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