Network Marketing Leadership: How Do You Know When You’re A Leader
When it comes to stepping up and taking ownership of a place of leadership in the Network Marketing industry,,, it ‘s not just a title, you have to earn it and because it’s a responsibility. People rely on you and look up to you, so you better be able to fill those shoes.
Becoming a leader wasn’t something I just chose to do one morning. It was a process. And part of that process I wasn’t even aware of until it was pointed out to me.
I’m sure you’re thinking: “Who does this chick think she is claiming she’s a leader? She’s not one of the big guru’s, she doesn’t promote her own product line, she’s not creating marketing systems”. (By the way,,, I doubt you’ll ever see me do a hyped up product launch, it’s not what I’m in this industry for)
And you’re right.
I’m not Mike Dillard, J Budd, Katie Freiling, Dave Wood, Ray Higdon, Cedrick Harris, Mark Hoverson, Cherie Yvette (The Urban Cowgirl for those of you who never knew her real name) or Jay Kubassek.
That’s what set me apart and put me in the position I am in now.
I don’t know about the other people that are in leadership roles in the Network Marketing industry. But there’s a really cool feeling of “knowing” when you are really a true leader.
I’m not talking about how all these trainings, webinars, e-books, and guru’s say that you need to act like a leader and that you’ll eventually become one.
What I’m referring to is when other people really start to see you as someone that is in a position of leadership. You are not a true leader until you can convey it and portray it so that others will acknowledge it.
When we start out in the online marketing world we have the desire to some day be a true leader and we learn to “fake it til we make it”. But we are still so used to seeing ourselves as the person we were that we don’t feel or see the gradual changes within and around us as we grow.
Then all of a sudden one day we can look back and say WHOA how did I get here? Since when am I such a person of influence? When did everyone start listening to me? At what point did I become the leader?
I didn’t know I had become a leader until someone told me.
I didn’t know I was a leader until people asked where I was and was I ok. (I missed 2 huge events in a row because my daughter was ill and the people I viewed as the leaders noticed I wasn’t there,,, that was a real moment of clarity that I am a leader in this industry)
I didn’t know I was a leader until I got a phone call that said “I don’t really know what company you are in, but I want to join with you”
I didn’t know I was a leader until I was having people join my primary business and I didn’t even know who they were until afterwards.
I didn’t know I was a leader until someone pointed out that I was the leading female within our team.
I’m not bragging, I’m just telling you,,, that when you’re a big deal. You don’t need to tell yourself. You don’t need to wonder or ask. You will know because others will tell you. People inside and outside of your team of marketers will point it out to you.
If you’re wondering when you’re going to get your big break and get noticed, it will be when you no longer worry about it. Because you are too busy doing your own thing to wonder what others are thinking of you.
If you’ve ever played sports think back to the feeling of when you were in the game. Think back to the fans in the stands… what were they doing while you were scoring the game winning point? Did you care what they were doing? Of course not! You’re head was in the game!
Get your mind so focused on what you are doing and the work that you produce that you don’t have time to wonder if other people view you as a leader. Caring what everyone thinks is a sign of weakness, not a sign of a leader.
When someone first tells you that they love what you do and they see you all over the internet and that they have been following you for a long time and have learned a lot from you and see that you’re a big deal,,, on the inside you’ll be thinking “really?” but on the outside you can nod,, and then tell yourself “yeah… I am kind of a big deal.”
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