Karen has chosen a career in direct sales and network marketing. She is inspired and can see a bright future. She gets to work reading success stories and sells her products like crazy.
Everyday she responds to her customers quickly, and her products are always stocked and ready. She even purchased all the right software to keep track of her expenses.
But, she’s stuck. She wants to leverage her time but not one person she has talked to about the business opportunity wants to join her. They just won’t follow her lead.
Karen is frustrated and wants to quit. She is starting to believe her friends that say, “MLM doesn’t work!”
What is standing between Karen and her hopes and dreams of becoming a success story?
One answer is leadership.
Dr. John C. Maxwell, author of “The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader”, says “Everything rises and falls on leadership.”
What do you dream of? In your wildest imagination, what do you see yourself doing? Are you a leader that people are lining up to follow?
To successfully lead others, take a look at your character. Maxwell says, “Your character qualities activate and empower your leadership ability—or stand in the way of success.”
Anyone can learn the laws of leadership. These teach us how leadership works. For example, the law of magnetism. Who you are is who you attract. But, your character is what put these laws to work for you.
Great leaders are effective because of the character qualities on the inside that allow them to be great leaders on the outside.
Maxwell states, “To go to the highest level of leadership, you must develop these character qualities from the inside out.”
If you want to achieve your real potential and the highest level of leadership, take a look deep down and get honest with yourself.
Have you developed the qualities to live out your boldest dreams and lead a huge team of distributors that will follow you?
21 Qualities of a Leader
Maxwell gives us 21 qualities of a leader. Take the time to develop these and you’ll find there is nothing in this world you can’t do!
1. Character- Be a piece of the rock. Always do the right thing even if it brings negative consequences.
2. Charisma – The first impression can seal the deal. Your approach to people can make all the difference. Charismatic people draw others because they love life, expect the best from others, and give hope freely.
3. Commitment – It separates doers from dreamers.
4. Communication – Take complicated things and make them simple.
5. Competence – Say it, plan it, and do it in such a way that others know that you know how. Then they will know they want to follow you.
6. Courage – Your life expands in proportion to your courage. Courage is doing something even if you’re scared.
7. Discernment – Smart leaders believe only half of what they hear. Discerning leaders know which half to believe.
8. Focus – If you chase two rabbits, both will escape.
9. Generosity – Your candle loses nothing when it lights another.
10. Initiative – Initiators don’t wait for other people to motivate them. They push themselves beyond the comfort zone and even in the midst of failures.
11. Listening – To connect with their hearts, use your ears.
12. Passion – Take this life and love it!
13. Positive attitude – If you believe you can, you can.
14. Problem solving – Leaders anticipate problems, accept the truth, see the big picture, handle one thing at a time, and don’t give up a major goal when they’re down.
15. Relationships – Understand people, love people, help people.
16. Responsibility – Most people focus on their rights rather than their responsibilities. Get the job done with excellence regardless of the situation.
17. Security – A great leader gives away the credit, and is secure in his or her strengths and weaknesses.
18. Self discipline – The first person you lead is you. Challenge your excuses and remove rewards until the job is done.
19. Servanthood – You’ve got to love your people more than your position.
20. Teachability – To keep leading, keep learning.
21. Vision – You can seize only what you can see. You can’t buy or borrow vision, it has to come from the inside. One of the most valuable benefits of vision is that it attracts, challenges, and unites people. Vision leads the leader and paints the target.
What’s your vision? Start here. Look inside yourself and draw on your natural gifts and desires. Anything great has to start with a personal vision.
Maxwell encourages us to do a “gut check”. When you look deep into your heart and soul for vision, what do you see? What impacts you at a gut level?
- What makes you cry?
- What makes you dream?
- What gives you energy?
- What would you like to see change in the world around you?
- What do you see that isn’t – but could be?
Your ideas and vision for your life will start to become clearer. Write them down and never lose sight of your vision.
A leadership position makes our personal flaws bigger. Clean up your inside before leading a team. Maxwell reminds us “Whatever negative baggage you have in life only gets more difficult to bear when you are trying to lead others.”
To Your Success!