The Qualities of a Good Leader

Thu, Aug 5, 2010

Success in Online Business

When you’re into network marketing, you need a good amount of leadership qualities to excel in the business.  The secrets to successful network marketing involve a great deal of managing people, guiding them as they learn the ropes, and motivating them through the surges as well as the occasional bumps and potholes.

It doesn’t require a distinct or separate set of leadership qualities, whatever it takes to make you a leader in any other aspect works in the field of network marketing.  So what are the qualities of a good leader?

A Good Leader Has Clear Vision.
Successful leaders in the networking field are able to present an opportunity quite clearly and communicate it very well. If your vision is not clear, it’s unlikely that others will find a good reason to follow you.

“The future belongs to those who see possibilities before they become obvious.” — John Scully, Businessman

A Good Leader Inspires Others.
He has the ability to set things in motion and fuel up the drive in others. A good leader motivates followers to aspire for greatness and positive changes. He has the knack to cause others to broaden their way of thinking and explore every opportunity that can lead to success.

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” — John Quincy Adams, Founding Father

A Good Leader Is Trustworthy.
He is reliable and keeps his word. He does not lead others through false hopes but presents realistic facts. The truth may not always be what we want, but good leaders instill trust amongst his followers – that’s why people have a great tendency to honor one.

“No amount of ability is of the slightest avail without honor.”– Andrew Carnegie

A Good Leader Is Competent.
He knows what he is doing and has order in the way he does things.  He is pro-active and receptive to things around him. He does not offer just promises but delivers solutions.

“No human being will work hard at anything unless they believe that they are working for competence.” — William Glasser

A Good Leader is Optimistic.
He is able to see the good even in a bad situation. This is important for team building because followers will want to see a leader build them up rather than tear them down. So a good leader sees beyond the trials and occasional gaps and knows how to resolve them.

“Talk Health, Happiness & Prosperity to everyone you meet” — Julio Melara

A Good Leader Is A Good Listener.
Although a good leader will be required to talk much, he is also a very good listener.  He hears people’s concerns and processes them before he talks.  Being a good listener is important in any business. Good listening is the source of all vital information.

“Nature gave us one tongue and two ears so we could hear twice as much as we speak.” — Epictetus

A Good Leader Takes Responsibility.
He shoulders the consequences and the blame when things don’t go right. And he doesn’t make excuses.  With the example of Harry Truman, a good leader says “The buck stops here”.

“A friend of mine characterizes leaders simply like this: “Leaders don’t inflict pain. They bear pain.” — Max DePree

A Good Leader is Passionate and Persistent.
They know that a big job requires big work and focus on building a deep and sturdy foundation for their business. They also never fail to exude enthusiasm that is contagious and magnetic. They don’t easily give up when there’s every reason to go on. Patience is also a great virtue of any leader. They don’t rush things.

“It’s the constant and determined effort that breaks down all resistance and sweeps away all obstacles.” — Claude M. Bristol

A Good Leader Invests In Himself.
He sees the importance of continuous learning. In fact, he will never stop to learn and feel he has arrived. A leader sees learning as an ongoing self-development course and also encourages others to invest in themselves in this world of never ending change and progress.

“If a man empties his purse into his head, no man can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.” – Benjamin Franklin

A Good Leader Cares For Others.
He knows that the success of his team is also his own success, so he thinks of the good of the whole team. But a good leader also has that special ability to take care of each individual team member. He makes every member feel special and important.

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”– Leo Buscaglia

If you have added insights about what it takes to be a good leader, from your own personal experiences or from what you’ve observed about your favorite leaders, feel free to leave a comment below.  I’d love to hear from you!  And if you know of somebody who’d benefit from these basic truths about leadership, please don’t hesitate to share this on Facebook or Twitter.

Bruce

Thanks so much!  I’m looking forward to sharing much more with you shortly!

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