How To Be a Great Leader in Network Marketing

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How to be a great Leader in Network Marketing

This is a post from my heart.  I haven’t read any management style posts or corporate tosh on what makes a good leader.  Everything I write here is completely Beth-made, so take from it what you will.

Why am I writing this way? Well, I believe successful leaders don’t just follow the rules, they won’t follow the path that has been made by others.   They seek out their own path and walk the route less travelled.

Here are a few ways you can start to make yourself stand out from the crowd and start to attract and help create the leaders of tomorrow. (Whilst being a great leader in Network Marketing yourself.!!)

Listen More

Listening skills should really come with the territory when building your MLM. After all, you should be listening intently to your customers and working out whether you have the solution to their problem.

Where building teams and leaders is concerned you have to listen with different ears.  If you are going to be a success, you need to be able to help others also become a success and one of the best ways you can  do this, is to LISTEN.

Take the time to get to know your new team members.  Find out what makes them tick, and find out what their goals and aspirations are.  If they don’t have any, find out why and help them reach for the stars.  Find out about their hobbies and interests and listen, listen, listen.

Trust your Intuition

Have you ever felt like you were brought to this planet to be more than a puppet on a string, working the 9-5 and lining up in the queue of life to get what everyone else has, a 9 to 5 job, married with 2 kids, watching 3 hours of TV every day and having $3752 in debt.  Depressing isn’t it?

Or have you felt like me and always known that you came here to do so much more, only to have life throw you of course.  The moment I started trusting my intuition and being more in tune with my soul, I finally started experiencing life in much more extraordinary way.

Intuition can help you make sound decisions and make the most of opportunities that come your way and with practice and patience, you can use your intuition to seek out the leaders of tomorrow.  Soon you will know whether a prospect is worth pursuing or not.

Sometimes you will have a very strong feeling about someone and yet they might not jump at joining you in business straight away, but don’t be surprised if somewhere down the line they come in to your life again, either to do with your primary business or for some other joint venture.

When you know, you know and it’s usually when you have an extremely powerful connection with one another and just can’t put your finger on it.

Dare to Dream

Please don’t get caught up in the hype that joining an MLM or Network Marketing Company and duplicating what your sponsor tells you, will get you the life of your dreams.  (I am sorry if I burst any bubbles there.)  Whilst there are a small handful of successful network marketers that have made their wealth with one company and income stream alone, there are lots more who have diversified their incomes by creating, taking and dreaming up new opportunities as they go through life.

Leaders, (in my opinion) are people that never give up thinking about their next product, service, invention, business idea, joint venture etc.  Not only are leaders opportunity seekers, but they are also creative in the mechanics of business, that being, how to find new prospects, using new technology, training techniques the list goes on. So don’t just dream it, live it.

Be approachable

Just because you are going to become a Leader doesn’t mean you have to turn your back on people when you get to that level.  ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS, be approachable.  Let people know it’s OK to contact you. Be available in as many different ways you can manage, whether on the phone, on Skype, on Facebook and twitter or by email.   Let people know that you are available and that you will always find the time for them.

If you are busy (and if you are going to be a leader you will be…so get ready!), make sure your prospects and customers get the acknowledgement that you will schedule some time for them and stick to your word. Lying Leaders are Lame!

Lead the Leaders of Tomorrow

Recently I took a different approach to Network Marketing.  Whilst selling products to potential customers and team members can work in helping build your business.  The best and fastest way to build your business is to recruit Leaders!

So how do you spot a leader? Well you might need to be working in the same circles as others with similar passions as yourself…but look out for these clues. A Leader is someone who:

  • Is always busy
  • Built a business from the ground up
  • You consider to be a success
  • Knows everyone
  • Is a top sales person
  • Has multiple streams of income
  • Will stop at nothing to reach the top

Go after these people and you can never fail.  I hope you found my post interesting, I would love to know what you think makes a good leader.

Yours in Success,

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10 Responses to “How To Be a Great Leader in Network Marketing”

  1. Lawrence Bergfeld Says:

    You are awesome Beth because you are teaching us how to spot leaders. We must use the description of what a leader is at all times.

    It is great that you mentioned that leaders always think about their next project. We have to do what they do or else we in fact are not leaders.

    We just have to listen twice as much as we talk. Without listening we will get nowhere.

    Lawrence Bergfeld
    Lawrence Bergfeld´s last blog ..Evaluate Opportunities Correctly And Stop Wasting Your Money!!My ComLuv Profile


    Matt Geib Reply:

    Wonderful Post Beth:

    Well thought out & stated clearly!

    I enjoyed Your ideas about ‘Listening’….Being the talker that I can be I have had to LEARN this(& I STILL am:-))…Folks do not “Care How Much You Know Till They Know How Much You Care!”

    Also Intuition …I too believe I was placed on this planet to Live above Mediocrity!…Hence my Name ‘Matthew’ which means Gift…I want to be a Gift poured out & opened up for others.

    By the presentation of this Blog Post You have a lot to share Keep it up!!

    Matt Geib The Great


  2. Glyna Humm Says:

    Hi Beth

    It is obvious that you are a great leader in network marketing if you practice what you preach:) You have put together an awesome list of things of things to be conscious of when being a leader and looking for others to build your team. Thanks for the fantastic info!
    Glyna Humm´s last blog ..Take The “Scary” Out Of Home Business Prospecting!My ComLuv Profile


  3. Melodie Kantner Says:

    This is a good list of things that leaders need to be displaying. Especially leading the leaders of tomorrow. Bringing out the leadership in others is a rewarding experience.
    Melodie Kantner´s last blog ..How to Set Up Friends List on FacebookMy ComLuv Profile


  4. Sherman Smith Says:

    Hey Beth,

    These are the right characteristics of a great leader. The one that stuck out to me was “Be Approachable”. I’ve seen a lot of leaders that aren’t very approachable at all. This is a vital characteristic to have, especially if you’re in the network marketing industry and your company takes a nose dive. You want your network of people to follow you to another great opportunity. Thanks for sharing!

    Sherman Smith´s last blog ..You Wanna Be Wealthy Build Networks…My ComLuv Profile


  5. Erin Smith Says:

    That was awesome Beth! Thanks for sharing those tips of yours. I’ve been thinking a lot about this becoming a leader stuff. I have come SUCH a long way from where I began. When I got involved in network marketing I had no idea that I was going to be doing so much personal development. :)

    ~Erin Smith
    Erin Smith´s last blog ..How To Be A Good Sponsor And Create Success In Your TeamMy ComLuv Profile


  6. Janette Stoll Says:

    Hi Beth,

    Terrific post! Selling products can make you ’some’ money but sponsoring people, especially top-notch people - leaders - is the hallmark of a successful NM business. The challenge for new people is they start and sponsor like mad without developing themselves as leaders first. This is pretty common for new networkers.

    Thank you for the inspiration!

    Janette Stoll


  7. Sue Collier Says:

    Hey Beth,

    I have been thinking for awhile now about taking a road less travelled! I guess I have done that throughout most of my life; I have always felt uncomfortable with following what everyone else is doing!

    And learning to listen is definitely a skill which needs developing in Network Marketing, particularly because we all join a business for different reasons.

    Great post Beth!

    Thanks, Sue
    Sue Collier´s last blog ..Network Marketing Home Business – Don’t Take Failure Lying Down!My ComLuv Profile


  8. John Gaydon Says:

    Hi Beth,

    I too am a loner who has done everything my upline told me wouldn’t work. Even now, with over $317,000 worth of comission in the last 4 years, all derived from my internet forays, my upline leader tells me you can’t make money on line with MLM!

    I am glad I strayed. It has given me a wonderful life, plenty of opportunity to follow my intuition and with an abundance of travel opportunities I am living the dream becasue I dared to be different! Great stuff.
    John Gaydon´s last blog ..How To Get More Customers For Your Network Marketing BusinessMy ComLuv Profile


  9. Wendy Hewlett Says:

    I love that you wrote this post from your perspective and on a personal wave. You have a lot of great examples of what a leader is and how to use those skills to become successful.
    Great insights Beth!! You are obviously becoming a great leader yourself!!

    Wendy Hewlett´s last blog ..How to Increase Sales by ListeningMy ComLuv Profile


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