Newbies Listen Up...Step Up Your Leadership Game In MLM  

Posted by Roger Smith

Have you felt the need for an effective leader in your work place because basically there aren't any around? Have you felt frustrated that there are a lot of activities and yet nothing seems to get accomplished? Targets and objectives are forgotten. Is it then time for you to do something about it?

It is a basic instinct for most people to follow the leader in the crowd and be content. But maybe deep down inside you are different and want to break away from the masses and use the god given qualities and talents that make you want to take the lead and achieve results.

Even if you think you currently have some qualities of a leader, you still need knowledge, practice, drive, tenacity, experience and enthusiasm to be a good leader.

To be an effective leader, one must be able to influence others to accomplish goals, to contribute to the organization and and group. Leadership is not about using positional power to drive people. It is the ability to bring together the team so that they can see the value of the end result that needs to be achieved. This way the actions they take are driven by something bigger than themselves.

There can be no leader without followers. People must want to follow you. But how so?

You yourself must have a clear vision for your group. Having a clear understanding about your groups strenghts and weaknesses, knowing who the bosses are, who to talk to, the organization's goals and objectives, and how the organization works is the only way to show others you know what you are doing.

Being a leader is not about what you make others do. It's about who you are, what you know, and what you do. You are a reflection of what you want others in your group to be.

If the team has trust and confidence in you, they will go that extra mile for you. This can only be built on good relationships, trustworthiness and high ethics. The way you deal with people will decide whether you get the team's trust and confidence. Servant leadership is very effective in achieving this. The team will know that you will not ask them to do anything that you yourself will not do.

Good communication capability is important for good leadership. You must be able to clearly state the end result desired and the steps required. It also includes the ability to listen and respond accordingly to the team. Communication to the users or customers and to management is also crucial. There will be good and bad news to be communicated to the different parties. You need to have the capability to tactfully handle especially the bad news.

Leaders do not have to know everything and neither should you claim so. While you may have some skills, you should know and effectively use the skills and talents of your subordinates. This takes time and patience. You may be tempted to take certain actions yourself as your subordinate takes a longer time. Remember though that you are taking time from your leadership responsibilities and also taking away your subordinate's opportunity to gain experience.

Being an effective leader in MLM takes time, patience and tenacity. If you have the drive and desire to be an effective leader, then start right were you are today. Take charge and achieve results with whichever team you are with right now. There are people who will happily give up the hard work required of a leader.

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