I do not believe there are natural-born leaders, especially in network marketing, direct sales or multilevel marketing. Some people may appear to be natural-born leaders on the surface but we all came into this world the same as a blank sheet of paper. Admittedly those who were raised by a leader have a head start on those who may not have been. There are certain activities which will contribute to leadership skills such as organized sports or student organizations. Some people learn leadership skills in the military. Regardless of how a person picks up leadership traits they all had to first of all learn how to be good followers. That is a universal law and it certainly applies to leadership in direct sales. Network marketing is a business of duplication which teaches people with no experience or business knowledge how to be successful by working with a proven system of success. Once a person masters the basics and is able to teach the newest person how the business works, that person begins taking on a leadership role.
Although some people may have magnetic personalities and confidence which draws others to them, leadership is a learnable skill for most anybody. In a way MLM and network marketing companies are leadership factories turning out new leaders every day. Because it is a learnable skill, there is an entire industry dedicated just to leadership training. Although I have attended many leadership courses both civilian and military, one of my favorites is the teachings of John C. Maxwell. One of John’s books I highly recommend is The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You. Befriend and stick close to strong leaders and allow them to mentor you in your business. Listen to leaders so that one day others will want to listen to you. Be coachable to your leader so that those working with you learn how to be coachable too and one day you will be followed by future leaders too.
The bottom line is that there is no such thing as a natural-born leader. Leaders are made. You can learn all the skills of leadership you want but if you forget this one rule you will find yourself leading no one: (People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care).
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