For those of us in direct sales, we know that the best way to grow your business is to recruit, right? When you recruiting numbers are down, or when your team is not interested in promoting, do you wonder if you are a good leader? Don’t be discouraged, you can turn things around.
We have heard a million times that “If you want to be a leader who attracts quality people, the key is to become a person of quality yourself. Leadership is the ability to attract someone to the gifts, skills and opportunities you offer as an owner, as a manager, as a parent. Jim Rohn calls leadership the great challenge of life.”
How do you become a good leader? Here are traits of a great leader courtesy of Success magazine
1. Learn to be strong but not rude. Some people mistake rudeness for strength. It’s not even a good substitute.
2. Learn to be kind but not weak. Kindness is a certain type of strength. We must be kind enough to tell somebody the truth. We must be kind enough and considerate enough to lay it on the line. We must be kind enough to tell it like it is and not deal in delusion.
3. Learn to be bold but not a bully. To build your influence, you’ve got to walk in front of your group. You’ve got to be willing to take the first arrow, tackle the first problem, discover the first sign of trouble.
4. You’ve got to learn to be humble but not timid. You can’t get to the high life by being timid. Humility is a grasp of the distance between us and the stars, yet having the feeling that we’re part of the stars. So humility is a virtue, but timidity is a disease. Timidity is an affliction. It can be cured, but it is a problem.
5. Be proud but not arrogant. It takes pride to win the day. But the key to becoming a good leader is being proud without being arrogant.
6. Develop humor without folly. In leadership, we learn that it’s OK to be witty, but not silly. It’s OK to be fun, but not foolish.
7. Deal in realities. Deal in truth. Just accept life like it is. Life is unique. Skills that work well for one leader may not work at all for another. But the fundamental skills of leadership can be adapted to work well for just about everyone: at work, in the community, and at home.
These traits can be learned or fine tuned if you already have them. Some you may already have while others you think you will never possess. Are you doomed to not being a good leader, if you don’t have all of these traits – NO! You may need to work a little harder but you can still be a success.
Whose life will you influence today?
Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!