To be an effective leader, one must lead by example. A good leader must use the strategies of Self Improvement, constructive communication and duplication. Should avoid close supervision and always ready to sacrifice many things in order to help you grow your business.
1. Lead by example:- Everything a leader does must be done with honesty and integrity. Your team must be proud to tell others who their sponsor/leader is. A true leader will always tell the truth when asked. For example, you will see many emails about how easy Network Marketing is, The truth of the matter is Network Marketing is not easy, is it worth the effort required? the answer is yes if you want to make a significant income. A true leader will tell you that it is not an easy industry. A real leader will tell you that your income is dependent on the amount of effort you are willing to put into your business. A leader will tell you that you will not get rich working your business 4-5 hours a week, if you want real income from your business, be prepared to put in 10-20 hours a week. An effective leader will teach you how to make the best use of the hours you have available, which leads us to the next key.
2. Self Improvement:- An effective leader will always work on themselves, will work on improving the way they do things, will work on the way they teach others. Effective leaders are constantly reading self-improvement books,listening to self-improvement cd's, going to seminars, are on every call their company puts out. They know that the only way to improve their business is to improve themselves. Want to get your business growing? find out what the leaders of your business are reading or listening to.
3. Lead and facilitate constructive communication:- Lead the rich array of types of communication exchanged between team members that include goal setting, task assignments, work scheduling, announcements, problem solving, performance evaluation, corrective feedback, praise, discussions, etc. Communicate in a way that is truthful and believable to team members. Provide constructive feedback to the team on where and how it might improve. Encourage open communication among team members and communicate team views to and from other teams. Encourage self-criticism and rehearsal. Strive for team consensus and win-win agreements. Provide guidance to the team based on upper management direction. Escalate issues which cannot be resolved by the team and communicate team views to upper management. Serve as a focal point to communicate and resolve interface and integration issues with other teams.
4. Duplication:- An effective leader must teach the power of duplication. If your down-line is unable to duplicate the things that you do, your organization will fall apart. Duplication starts at the top. The things that a leader does must be the exact same things that are done on your 4th level or your 17th level. A leader must be more of a teacher than anything else. Consider duplication as a snowball at the top of a hill, as it starts to roll down the hill it will duplicate itself, getting larger and larger, gathering momentum as it goes, eventually it will become so large and have so much momentum it will be unable to be stopped, just like your business will be unable to be stopped if you use the power of duplication.
5. Monitor, but don't micromanage:- Avoid close supervision; do not over-boss; do not dictate. Help keep the team focused and on track. Communicate team status, task accomplishment, and direction. Intervene when necessary to aid the group in resolving issues.
6. Sacrifice:- A true leader will always sacrifice many things in order to help you grow your business. Try going to lunch with your sponsor and see who pays. A leader will always be willing to sacrifice their time to help you. Ask them for help with a new prospect and I guarantee they will offer their time for a 3 way call. I have seen many leaders who will drive a hundred miles to do an in home presentation for you. I have seen many leaders put on training sessions for their team, whether in person or on a conference call. If you need a 3-way call to Australia done at 3am, I have yet to meet a leader who would not do that for you.
Team leading work is always something to consider when striving to become a good leader. This means not only teaching your employees to work together but to become part of the team yourself. Use others potential. Many times, employees potential is wasted. A good leader recognizes that his or her employees are more than just employees, they are people too. These people have lives outside of work where they have to make decisions on a daily basis, from how to deal with house payments, to car bills, to raising children, to uncountable tasks in everyday lives. Yet, at work, their decision making skills are not trusted enough to choose what type of toner needs to be ordered for a set of printers. The point here is that employees need to be trusted to do more. A good leader doesn't manage every single detail. Use others potential to your benefit. You will find that you have become a better leader for it.