Make Your Success About Shining Your Light on the People Around You, Not Yourself.
During my first two years building a network marketing business, I would always have to start from scratch every few months. I failed so many times that I couldn’t list them all. I did not understand the simple concept of building a team and/or duplication. I wanted to find out why my team wasn’t growing so about 8-9 years ago I had a call with two of my mentors. I called each one of them separately. I asked a simple question: What is it that you see in me that I can improve on that I can not see in myself? What is it that I should be doing to grow as a leader in the industry? I stayed quiet and listened and decided to put everything they shared into practice and it transformed my life and business. Bill and Mike both said I know you but I don’t know your leaders. It’s great that you are recruiting nonstop. It’s very easy for you to put 10, 20, 50 on the leader board, month after month but you are not duplicating yourself. You need to create leaders. I came from the mortgage industry so that concept took me a little while to grasp.
During my 11 year career I learned that leaders build leaders. End of story. Leadership is about influence not control. Not dictatorship. Trust is earned by being authentic. When people trust you, they’re much more likely to believe in you, bond with you, and buy from you,”. When you understand business whether it’s network marketing or a traditional business you will always spend time building the talents of the people around you. Duplication is key to success. “How can you not invest in people?”. Grow your people, grow your business. Some will leave but I believe that time spent is never lost. As you are teaching and growing others, you are learning and growing as well. The job of a leader is not to create followers but to create leaders. Remember that others do not have to lose for you to win. Help others shine and shine your light on the road ahead so others can see their way out of darkness.
As leaders we must take time to study the strengths of our people and leverage their weaknesses. Everyone on your team matter! Be patient with them. Rome wasn’t built in a day. Too many leaders lean on their titles as a crutch. They excuse their own behavior by saying, “I’m the “BOSS” or I’m this “RANK”. Who cares? Earn people’s respect by acting and behaving appropriately. That’s called integrity.
Having passive income streams means freedom. True financial independence. An escape from the 9-to-5 job or business. I Thank God for a residual income. Whether it was taking time to take care of my mom after she had a stroke, to support my sister when she became a new mom or to travel, my residual income was in the mail month after month. It is all because I spent years traveling on the road and helping other people make their dreams come true and that will never stop.
Theodore Roosevelt says it best: Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care. I read a Forbes article many years ago that states that leadership is not about money, power, control, promotions, happiness, raising a family, changing the world, or advancing your industry or community? Leadership success is measured by one’s complete body of work in life: nothing more, nothing less. Are you living a purposeful life?
I learned over the years that knowing yourself and your worth will help you understand others and not be intimidated by their success. I learned to create an environment where my team members can think and operate on their own. I learned to allow others to tell me what they think, to give me feedback and make sure they know that their voices matter.
Exceptional leaders never speak first they listen to their team. Let them know what strengths you see in them and what value their contributions bring. Teach them how each member of the team complements the others, and help them learn to work together more effectively. The more that people understand how they fit on a team, the more invested they are in making it work. None of us are perfect but we need each other to grow. The greatest leaders are those who don’t look for followers. Think of Martin Luther King, Jr or Nelson Mandela. They were trying to create more leaders in order to help many others to find and create their own destinies .
When we do it God’s way, He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—Galatians 5:22-23
Remember the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, patience, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. Leadership is love. Love others as Christ loves you. When you lose your patience with others and you start forgetting that you are not perfect, just take a good look in the mirror.
Grow Yourself-Expand Your World.
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