Several months ago, I promoted to Director with Thirty One – a goal that I had been working towards for several months. In fact, that was my main goal to achieve before National Conference this year in Atlanta. Goal achieved!
- Change yourself first! If you need to change things in your life, start there. Don’t worry about what everyone else is doing just what positive things you can change. This is a tough one for me because I almost always catch myself comparing my business to others.
- Realize that human beings are emotional and that what we say and do is based on our emotions. Basically, we need to take time to find out about our team. I have been blessed to be able to connect (even if only by Facebook or email) with most of my team so I know what their goals (large or small) are as it relates to their business.
- Good leaders are empathetic and sensitive to others. Basically, be a good listener so that you can hear what they are saying between the lines. The more that you listen, the more they will trust you.
- One of the greatest ways to influence others is by asking questions and really listening to the answers. Don’t state a comment if you can ask a question. This goes along with the 10-second rule that I learned from Dana Wilde from the MindAware. If you are talking for more than 10-seconds after you ask a question – you aren’t listening. I try to practice this on a regular basis.
- Set a good example! People love to follow a leader that knows where she is going. Good leaders are self-disciplined, have clear ideals and continually aspire to reach their goals. Sometimes I think I just fall into this. I do have goals, a vision board and on most days clear ideals. As far as self-disciplined, this is something that I have to work on.
- Keep Learning! When you arrive at a leadership level it is the perfect time to learn new skills so you and your team can keep ahead in the game! I am always looking for new tips and skills that I can put into practice as well as share with my team.