20 Steps Of Leadership
The great news is that we've compiled this list of excellent, actionable leadership tips that will have you running your business, like a real leader - and a good one at that! Some are relatively basic but are still important reminders. Others, well, perhaps you've never considered before.
Consider these tips to up-level your leadership game:
1. Lead by example.
Leaders need to show, not just tell. If you want your team to be punctual, make sure you’re there on time, or even early. If professionalism is a priority, make sure you’re dressed for success, act and think like a top leader from day one and teach your team to do the same. Treating everyone you interact with (both in-person and online) with courtesy. Always be, and act professional, if you have a fall out with someone on the team 'DO NOT' go telling others, act professional. But one thing I would definitely not do is not to moan about it to your team. They will drop like flies, believe me, we've all seen it happen before and what you will be doing is only sabotaging your own business! So set the tone in the right way, and your tribe will follow.
2. A little humility goes a long way.
You see there’s a difference between a leader and a boss. While both are in charge, a leader shares the spotlight and is comfortable crediting others. Being humble takes more confidence than basking in glory. Your team members will appreciate it, and your customers will, too.
You need to remember the difference between a leader and a boss. A boss says “go!" A leader says “Let's go!" They do things together, and they support each other. So let’s have a few examples and see what the difference is between a boss and a leader:
A boss drives employees; they have targets to meet and will drive people to meet those targets for themselves. A leader coaches and mentors people and helps them achieve what they want to achieve. They are not just out for themselves. If you do this, you will achieve everything you dream of.
A boss depends on authority; they like to be in charge and have control over people, you probably all know someone like this or have had someone be your boss in the past, so I’m sure you know what I mean. A leader depends on good will; they do not control people. Instead, they are only in control of their own business; you cannot control what your team do.
A boss Inspires fear; if people don’t hit targets they may lose jobs, they may lose income, they may get demoted or even made redundant etc. A leader generates enthusiasm; they motivate each other to go further and to do better. They are not jealous of what others achieve, they show up and help others lead the way.
A boss says, "I” Because it’s all about them, so they don't get a slap on the wrist when something goes wrong. A leader says, "there is no 'I' in team, we can do this, and together we can achieve everything possible."
A boss blames others for the breakdown. A real leader fixes the breakdown and finds the solution.
A boss knows how it's done. (So he thinks) A leader shows how it’s done. You see if a leader has done something and it works, it’s just about showing others to do the same.
A boss uses people to get what they want. A leader develops people and helps more people get what they want.
A boss takes all the credit. (Oh yeah!) A leader gives credit; you cannot give enough praise and credit to your team, thank them for every small thing they do and say how proud you are, and how amazing they are.
A boss commands. A leader asks.
So as you can see you’re not a boss, you are a leader! Please remember you need to spend more time praising people than criticising.
3. Communicate effectively.
Effective communication is imperative, both in your business and in life. Great leaders make sure they are heard and understood, but they also know the importance of listening.
Communication is a two-way street. Leaders listen to others, and they listen well. If a team member joins for an extra few hundred dollars a month, they don't want to be pressured into doing more until the time is right. Listen to how much time they have to put into their business, how much they want to earn and help them put a plan in place to achieve what they want, not what you want for them! It’s a leaders job to find out why they are doing this business.
4. Keep meetings productive.
As the saying goes, time is money. So, of course, you should want to limit giving your time to time wasters during meetings. You're in business, so treat it as a business. If you trust your team to do their job, there should be no need for micromanaging, and meetings can run swiftly. What I usually do for people who are not really committing is one-hour online group planning sessions, so that I’m not wasting to much time.
5. Know your limits.
Even the kindest, most caring leader has limits. Set your boundaries and stick to them. Let people know that your time is precious, always give two options of dates and times as we spoke about earlier in the book. Knowing what you will not tolerate, can save everyone in your tribe a lot of frustration, and keeping boundaries clear means there’s no confusion.
6. Find a mentor.
The best leaders out there know when they need help, they know when to ask for help and they know where to turn to to get help.
Nobody can know everything, so finding someone you trust for advice when things get tough can make all of the difference. I think everyone needs to have a mentor and this can be anyone you choose. Your upline, your cross line, someone else in your company or someone not even in your organisation can make a massive difference to your business.
We've been working alongside some fantastic mentors who are coaching us to develop our skills further. We can never learn too much and are never the finished product. So finding a mentor you connect with, is a great idea.
7. Be emotionally aware.
While many people advise keeping emotions separate from matters of business, your business is ultimately about the relationships you have created. To make these relationships last, you need to be emotionally intelligent; you need to be sensitive to different points of view and different backgrounds.
When using your head to do what’s best for you and your business, don’t forget to have a heart and stay humble, many people, when they become successful, can develop huge egos and forget about others, don’t!
8. Avoid common pitfalls of leadership.
Anyone can make a mistake, but some mistakes are avoidable. Being aware of common mistakes, while not focusing on them too much, can be the first step toward not repeating them.
9. Learn from your past.
Those who don’t learn from the past are doomed to repeat it. Think about what you could have done better and apply it to your business today. We can teach our team from mishaps in the past. We never fail we only learn, lessons can be found all around us.
10. Never stop bettering yourself.
Great leaders, are constantly learning and always trying to improve and better themselves. There’s always something new that you can work on or a new skill to master. Keep your mind open to new ideas and possibilities. We have a lifetime of learning ahead of us so we can help others.
Take control, Don’t wait for your sponsor or upline to do things for you, comment more and add things to team pages, why not organise a team training yourself and some business presentations and become a true leader and an inspiration to others.
Being a leader is knowing how to motivate others and lead them to greatness, to keep focused and to commit to taking massive action. You need to be leading people to do the same. You need to be a leader and to be a leader you need to go to as many events as possible, and you need to try and get your team going along. Monkey see, monkey do.
11. Understand how to solve problems.
Don’t create problems; if a problem arises step back and think for a while on how best, you can solve that problem and find a solution before acting.
12. Choose to have an experimental mindset.
Approach everything with curiosity; it will allow you to adopt a growth mindset and be focused on the process, not just the outcome. You must learn that growth requires patience. Test what works before scaling it and getting your team involved. It may mean testing different ways of marketing, sponsoring, coaching or many other topics. Don’t just try one thing and just give up, keep going but always remember to keep it simple and use the basics, experimenting is always a good thing.
13. Be relentless.
The most successful people in network marketing are not people that have got there by good luck; they're the people who show determination, dedication and a great work ethic. They will keep on going; they will keep on hustling they make no excuses no matter what. You need to be relentless with your commitment to succeed, commitment to your business, yourself, your customers, your company and your team. Show determination and dedication show you are doing things others won't do.
14. Show the fun times.
Everyone loves to see positivity and fun, post photos of you and your team living an awesome life. Show this by inspiring others, by working hard, by praising others, and by sharing photos of team days or evenings out.
15. Practice taking care of yourself first.
You should always be feeling good and looking good, your team, and customers don't want to see you looking tired or feeling down. Have a look at your social media and take a look in the mirror. Would you follow you? So that's why it's so important to look after numero uno! Why? because ‘Your vibe attracts your tribe.’
16. Be professional and be recognised as an expert in your company.
Show up to meetings on time. Bring your best self to every event and to everything you do. Speak up and have an opinion, but if that opinion is just to moan, think before you speak up, think about what the solution may be to help solve the problem.
17. Leaders are prepared to fail.
But guess what? It won’t stop them, they will get back up as quickly as they fell, they will kick their ass back into gear, and they will keep on moving forward. Be this person, a person who no matter what will never give up on achieving their goals and dreams. Lead your team to greatness.
18. A leaders job is to motivate others and believe in others until they believe in themselves.
It can be a difficult job trying to motivate people who have no motivation themselves, but all you can do is try. It can take some people a lot longer to click in this business than others. Sometimes you have to give constructive criticism, but it has to be done in a way where you will not deflate peoples egos. It needs to be done in the right context and spirit, and you need to make sure you know how they feel. Finish with everything they do that's good!
19. Leaders create momentum within the team.
Once momentum is going then keep it going. Don’t take your foot off the pedal! It's effortless to get complacent in this business but if you do your team will get complacent too, and then it gets tough again!
20. Leaders never give up.
Giving up on yourself is pathetic, giving up on your whole team and business is more pathetic!
Nothing is easy in life and if you're aiming for a six-figure or seven-figure income, do you really think you can only put ten hours a week in your business? If you do, your completely delusional! You get paid your worth, and that's in anything you do. If I was the CEO of a billion-dollar company and I was paying someone $10,000 per month to sit on their ass and do nothing! I wouldn't be happy. I would want to see my money's worth. So take a long hard look at yourself and ask yourself "Am I doing enough to start earning that type of cash?" But whatever company you're in, the work is the same.