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Truly Understand What It Means to Be a Leader

Layne McDonald. Ph.D.

“Invite people into your life who don’t look like you, don’t think like you, don’t act like you, don’t come from where you come from, and you might find that they will challenge your assumptions and make you grow as a person.” - Melody Hobson, President, and CEO of Ariel Investments

A leader is someone who leads. In network marketing, a leader or upline is crucial in directing downlines or people under your guidance into their marketing paths. These are some common mistakes a leader should avoid:

What Is Required:

I was being bossy.

You are a leader in network marketing, not a manager. People involved in network marketing generally do not wish to work for others. Network marketing is helping others achieve goals, not crushing them in a way they did not want to.

I am blaming others in public.

Correct your downline personally and privately. Do not express disappointment or disapproval of your downlines in front of all the others. You would not know how they would react to your reproach if you did it publicly.

I was being too gentle and kind.

When training downlines, make sure you point out their mistakes. Please do not say things that encourage them in a way that could not help them. Tell them what is right and what can be done to improve themselves in network marketing.

I am waiting for others to respond.

A leader generally knows what to do next. When you decide, give your downlines suggestions and ideas at once. Approach your downlines quickly if you change your mind or have a perfect plan. Some downlines will wait to hear from you.

They are breaking promises.

If you have said it, do it. This is a matter of gaining the trust of others.

The leader keeps and fulfills their promises. If you are uncertain of something that you may not be able to meet, do not promise. With trust, people respect you and your work.


Complaining about everything will define who you are and may expose your weaknesses to others who hear. A true leader will not complain yet take every little step to achieve tremendous success as a team with downlines.

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