Why Are My New MLM Leaders Failing?
By Roger Smith
In recent years, we've witnessed the public downfall and disgrace of leaders from almost every area of endeavor -- business, politics, religion, and sports. One day they're on top of the heap, the next, the heap'son top of them.
Of course, we think that such catastrophic failure could never happen to us. We've worked hard to achieve our well-deserved positions of leadership in our respected Network marketing companies-- and we won't give them up for anything! The truth is: the distance between beloved leader and despised failure is a shorter line than we think.
With this in mind, I believe that the main cause of failure in your efforts in building strong independent leaders is...YOU. Yes you a the problem. Look at it this way, you have at last 10 new people that you have to train and develop constantly in order to build a strong team. I see that as being a "variable" or the one thing that you really have no control over. But in those situations there is one person, one single individual that is always present, which I call a "constant" which is YOU.
Take a real look in the mirror to see if there is something about you that your new people a either seeing or hearing. take a good look, and try these steps to see if your outcome can change.
WARNING #1: Shift in Focus
This shift can occur in several ways. Often, leaders simply lose sight of what's important. The laser-like focus that catapulted them to the top disappears, and they become distracted by the trappings of leadership, such as wealth and notoriety. Leaders are usually distinguished by their ability to "think big." But when their focus shifts, they suddenly start thinking small.
The work of leadership is usually a result of who the leader is. What the leader does flows naturally from inner vision and then to character. It is possible for a leader to become too action oriented and, in the process, lose touch with the more important development of their team.
What is your primary focus right now? Take the time necessary to get your focus back on what's important.
WARNING #2: Poor Communication
Lack of focus and disorientation typically lead to poor communication. Followers can't possibly understand a leader's intent when the leader him- or herself isn't sure what it is! When leaders are unclear about their own purpose, they often hide their confusion and uncertainty in ambiguous communication.
Sometimes, leaders fall into the trap of assuming. In other words, they begin to believe that truly committed followers automatically sense their goals and know what they want without being told.
WARNING #3: Risk Aversion
Leaders at risk often begin to be driven by a fear of failure rather than the desire to succeed. Past successes create pressure for leaders: "Will I be able to sustain outstanding performance?" "What will I do for an encore?" In fact, the longer a leader is successful, the higher his or her perceived cost of failure.
When driven by the fear of failure, leaders are unable to take reasonable risks. They want to do only the tried and proven; attempts at innovation -- typically a key to their initial success -- diminish and eventually disappear.
Which is more important to you: the attempt or the outcome? Are you still taking reasonable risks? Prudent leadership never takes reckless chances that risk the destruction of what has been achieved, but neither is it paralyzed by fear. Often the dance of leadership is two steps forward, one step back.
WARNING #4: Your Ethics
A leader's credibility is the result of two aspects: what he or she does and who he or she is. A discrepancy between these two aspects creates an integrity problem.
The highest principle of leadership is integrity. Often leaders see their followers as pawns, a mere means to an end, thus confusing manipulation with leadership. These leaders lose empathy. They cease to be people "perceivers" and become people "pleasers," using popularity to ease the guilt of lapsed integrity.
It is imperative to your leadership that you constantly subject your life and work to the highest scrutiny. One way to find out is to ask the people you depend on if they ever feel used or taken for granted.
WARNING #5: Poor Self Management
If a leader doesn't take care of him- or herself, no one else will. Unless a leader is surrounded by more-sensitive-than-normal followers, nobody will pick up on the signs of fatigue and stress. Leaders are often perceived to be superhuman, running on unlimited energy.
While leadership is inspiring, it is also tiring. Leaders who fail to take care of their physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual needs are headed for disaster. Clear your schedule and take care of yourself -- it's absolutely vital to your leadership that you continue to grow and develop, a task that can be accomplished only first when your needs are met.
WARNING #6: Lost Love
Leaders need to take heed when it seems that they are personally moving away from their first love and dream. The hard work of leadership should be fulfilling and even fun. When leaders lose sight of the dream that compelled them to accept the responsibility of leadership, they can find themselves working for causes that mean little to them. They must stick to what they love, what motivated them at the first, to maintain the fulfillment of leadership.
To make sure that you stay on the track of following your first love, frequently ask yourself these three questions: Why did I initially assume leadership? Have those reasons changed? Do I still want to lead?
Heed the Signs
The warning signs in life -- from stop lights to prescription labels -- are there for our good. They protect us from disaster, and we would be foolish to ignore them. As you consider these six warning signs of leadership failure, don't be afraid to take an honest look at yourself. If any of the warnings are true within yourself , take action today! The good news is: by paying attention to these signs and heeding their warnings, you can avoid disaster and sustain the kind of leadership that is healthy and fulfilling both for yourself and your followers.
About the Author
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