The Top 6 Leadership Challenges Around the World

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What’s most challenging about leading organizations today? And do the challenges differ around the world?

Our researchers went straight to the source to answer these questions, gathering input from 763 middle- and executive-level leaders in organizations from China/Hong Kong, Egypt, India, Singapore, the U.K., the U.S., and Spain.

Our study found these leaders consistently face the same 6 challenges — even if they describe their challenges and specific context in different ways:

1. Developing managerial effectiveness is the challenge of developing the relevant skills — such as time-management, prioritization, strategic thinking, decision-making, and getting up to speed with the job — to be more effective at work.

2. Inspiring others is the challenge of inspiring or motivating others to ensure they’re satisfied with their jobs and working smarter.

3. Developing employees is the challenge of developing others, including mentoring and coaching.

4. Leading a team is the challenge of team-building, team development, and team management. Specific challenges include how to instill pride, how to provide support, how to lead a big team, and what to do when taking over a new team.

5. Guiding change is the challenge of managing, mobilizing, understanding, and leading change. Guiding change includes knowing how to mitigate consequences, overcome resistance to change, and deal with employees’ reactions to change.

6. Managing internal stakeholders is the challenge of managing relationships, politics, and image. This challenge includes gaining managerial support, managing up, and getting buy-in from other departments, groups, or individuals.

Knowing that these challenges are common experiences for middle and senior managers is helpful to both the leaders and those charged with their development, according to our researchers.

Individuals can benefit from knowing their experiences aren’t isolated, and can feel more confident reaching out to others for help facing these challenges.

Here are 4 concrete things leaders can do to address these common challenges:

1. Setting Goals

Be proactive in setting goals, as well as establishing the timelines — and deadlines — necessary to keep yourself and your teams on track. The distractions that you face can make it easy to lose sight of long-term and even short-term goals. You can easily get sucked into dealing with urgent issues that arise unexpectedly rather than staying focused on producing the outcomes that matter most to your organization.

While no leader can completely avoid surprises, goal setting provides a map that you can return to time and again to refocus on your top priorities.

One time-honored approach is the SMART method. When setting a goal, make sure it’s:

  • Specific. Write down a detailed description of what accomplishing the goal would involve.
  • Measurable. Set targets that you can quantify to assess progress.
  • Attainable. Stretch goals are fine, but you also need to make sure that achieving the goal is possible.
  • Realistic. Be sure you understand what you will likely need — in terms of time, resources, and talent — to achieve it.
  • Timed. Create deadlines for hitting milestones on the way to your goal, as well as for achieving the goal itself.

2. Delegating

You’ll be more productive and you’ll empower your colleagues to take more ownership if you delegate. Effective delegation requires more than just getting a task off your desk — it involves a repeating cycle of 4 key steps:

  • Understanding your preferences. Effective delegators prioritize their workload and decide which tasks to keep and which to give to someone else. They also understand how much feedback they want as the person they’ve delegated to works on the task.
  • Knowing your people. To delegate effectively, you must assign tasks to people that match their knowledge and skills. That means that you have to understand your people. Use delegation to help direct reports develop, allowing them to learn as they take on new tasks.
  • Being clear about the purpose of the task. A task’s purpose gives it meaning. By aligning this purpose with team or individual beliefs and goals, delegation can become an opportunity for personal growth.
  • Assessing and rewarding. You should work with your direct reports to develop ways to help them, and you, decide if a task has been completed properly, and to reward them appropriately.

3. Maximizing Your Unique Value

Prioritize by focusing on doing the most important tasks that only you can do. There will always be more things competing for your attention than you have time and energy to do. Prioritize the most important tasks that only you can do, and delegate everything else.

Leaders can create value for their organizations by focusing on the unique contributions only they can make. Understanding what those unique values are for you, and delegating everything else (or as close to everything else as you can), allows you to maximize the value you create for the organization.

4. Gaining Role Clarity

Understand what the core responsibilities are for your role, and what are secondary responsibilities, or even work that belongs to someone else.

That won’t stop people from asking you to take on additional tasks and projects. And there are certainly times when taking on additional duties may be required due to unusual circumstances, or might be important for your own professional development. But the most effective managers understand that they will largely be judged based on how effective they are at their core responsibilities.

This also means that there will be times when you’ll have to say no. That can feel uncomfortable. Practicing saying no and finding ways to do so with tact and professionalism are important. Turning down work that’s not part of your role helps keep you focused.

 

Leaders who sometimes feel overwhelmed by their work can take heart in the fact that they’re not alone. By focusing on these 4 key behaviors, starting with goals, you can also begin to beat back those feelings and provide more value to your organization.

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NOTE: This article was published on Center for Creative Leadership. You can read the full article HERE.

5 Hot Leadership Topics to Focus on This Year

Shaking up the workplace may have been your goal at the start of this year, but there are 5 hot leadership topics that every company should focus on.

Even if you own your own business running it online or you have a brick and mortar location, you need to tune into leadership.

What is changing the game for business owners? What is bringing growth to businesses around the world?

What is helping businesses to get more social engagement from their audience? Some say it is related to technology.

Could the adoption of technology answer this question? What do analysts say about social data and how it directs users to make a decision?

Today, I’m discussing 5 hot leadership topics that everyone should focus on, regardless of the size of their business.

Hot Leadership Topics Everyone Should Focus On

There is a ton of research that has already been conducted to help those of you who are unsure as to what you should focus on when it comes to leadership.

The last three years have been heavily researched in regards to the big topics that should get attention from business owners, CEO’s and all others in leadership positions.

What you may not realize is that some of this has fizzled out because many in leadership positions didn’t take a stand.

Here are 5 hot leadership topics everyone should focus on this year.

  1. Culture. There are many topics that others would believe come first. For me, it’s always about the culture of a company. This is because it’s about the people. When you have great people you can run a great company. Do whatever it takes to make them great. Your employees should come to an experience NOT just a job. It can boost the success of a company or it can drag it down. You choose. You make it great or you make it poor. You want the environment that causes employees to thrive.
  2. Employee engagement. Okay, so this one goes hand-in-hand with the one listed above. Culture and employee engagement work together. Your employees (if you have them) should feel comfortable coming to you with questions. This last year (2017), employees were less engaged than usual. Improving the environment will improve production. This is why listening to what your employees are telling you is important.
  3. Analytics. Good leaders monitor, track their progress, and then focus their efforts and money back into what works. Analytics are a great way of doing this. If you follow and watch your analytics, you’ll see what works and what doesn’t. Your employees can give you great feedback so ask. This is exactly the reason that analytics is one of my chosen for the 5 hot leadership topics.
  4. Diversity. Ah, diversity was a buzzword at one time. It probably still is depending on what company you work for. A diverse workplace is important, and it shows an appreciation for all peoples and cultures. Additionally, diversity in the workplace means cross-training employees. When employees are able to float from one department or task to another, it gives them a sense of fulfillment. They learn more therefore they can do more. This also gives them the ability to set goals so that they are encouraged to learn more and driven to succeed. Diversity is important!
  5. Empathy. Sympathy isn’t appropriate for the workplace but empathy is. This is the one thing that will set you apart from the rest. Learning more about technology and the advanced operations that it poses to your employees can be intimidating. Showing empathy, along with solid training can really help you get further with your employees.

There are many things you can do to lead well. These 5 hot topics are at the top of the list for those who want to lead well and go further.

Chances are, if you using these topics as a guide in your company, you are reaching a greater level of success.

These “hot leadership topics” tend to change from year to year, but I can’t imagine what they’ll think of next!

 

Women in Business

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Women in business has been a hot topic over the last few years.

It’s mainly because of women leaders in the business world like Sheryl Sandberg.

Her book Lean In was well received.

There are many things that she is right about, and naturally, women are still underserved in the online marketplace.

Today is International Women’s Day, and so I want to share with you some interesting facts about women in business.

Why Women in Business Matters

Women deserve a fair shot at ANYTHING in this life.

God made them, and quite honestly, they have a ton to offer that men do not.

I find that most of the time, women underestimate just how much they really know.

Women are natural leaders because they were created to be mothers. Mothers are more qualified than anyone to be managers.

In fact, I say this a lot on behalf of my daughter. Watching her grow up has amazed me.

I have sons and daughters, and I know how different they are, yet they have much to contribute.

My daughter is a natural born leader in her own right because she is aggressive in getting things done, and getting what she wants.

In my opinion she is an entrepreneur by nature. She is good at forecasting things in her own future, and she is a planner.

These are all things that are important for building a business. This means that not only will she be good at what she is doing, but she will be a forward thinker.

There are numerous things that make her prime for entrepreneurship, but women have these skills most of the time.

It seems women are born with these skills and they are good listeners. Women in business are going to be the key to turning things around, and they have many times in history.

  1. Indra Nooyi. This women really showed the men what it was like at Pepsi Co. She was also in the top 20 of the most 100 powerful women in business. She was able to give shareholders over $5 billion in returns, while net revenue grew to more than $65 billion.
  2. Irene Rosenfeld. Irene is know for her ability to run Kraft and split the companies into two public entities. She managed to complete the separation of the companies in one year.
  3. “Ginni” Rometty. Ginni is amazing in her own right, after having served as the only female CEO, bringing the company to more than $100 billion in revenue for the first time during her reign.

There are numerous women that have made a name for themselves in their marketplace.

There are also numerous that have not reached their full potential yet. Women have so much to offer in business and in everything they do.

“Women in business” matter, and it’s time for them to take this online marketplace by the horns and do something amazing.

 

Are You a Pro or an Amateur?

Do you consider yourself a pro or an amateur?

Being a pro means that you become one. Someone who is an amateur will put things off and NEVER really take action.

Those who want to excel will constantly work on their craft and find ways to get better at what they do. They will also study those who are successful and will emulate what they are doing so they too can find success.

There is still something you may be missing. What is it?

Today, I’ll share with you what on earth makes the difference between those that are pro or an amateur.

Taking the Stand of Whether You are a Pro or an Amateur

There is a long list of things that separate the pro from the amateur, but some of the things that you should add to the list may surprise you.

How can you tell if you are a pro or an amateur?

  1. Self-awareness. Ah, this may not be so clear for you. This is all about being very aware of who you are. Once you know who you are you’ll know exactly what to do. Us creative types who like to write and focus on creating things can be tough on the rest of the world. Call yourself what you want to be, and the professional lifestyle and decisions will follow quickly.
  2. You want recognition without the strain. It’s easy to get recognition for work done well, but can you get this all of the time? It’s important to understand that just because you exist, this does not mean that others are going to find you. Many art forms require apprenticeship. If you want to be the best, follow someone and be an apprentice. You’ll learn more than you thought possible. Focus on spending time with those who teach, and you’ll learn sound principles and more to follow.
  3. Never stop working on being better. Those who are only amateurs focus only on doing just enough to get recognition. Those who want to be pros at what they do will keep working until they become better, regardless of what happens. You have to show up every, single day, no matter what. Try writing for at least 20 to 30 minutes each day. You’ll be surprised at how quickly your writing changes when you write daily for that time allotted.
  4. Build something, don’t jump over the puddle. Okay, I know this sounds odd. Think about this for just a moment. What if you jump in puddles to get to the other side? It’s a shortcut right? If you want to do this right, you’ll build a bridge to get to the other side. This way you do what you should do and stay clean despite the mud. You may have to write numerous articles or other pieces before you land a hot project or a book deal. It isn’t ever easy. Just ask those who have done it! Work through it and keep building your bridge to success.
  5. Failure is feedback. Wait, don’t stop reading! I get it, I get it. You are thinking, wow, he is crazy. “Failure is my feedback?” It’s true. Whether you realize it or not it matters now right now. If you did everything correctly, you would never need feedback right? Would you get the chance to have a collaborative effort if you never make a mistake? Crave feedback, always. It is what will make you a pro versus an amateur. It’s a tough pill to swallow sometimes, but failure isn’t the end of life. It is the beginning of going pro, especially when you are in a creative field. If you are a writer, failure will be your feedback and it will make you better!

It’s not easy to become the pro. It takes a lot of work and dedication to your craft. Don’t be afraid to be mocked for your work.

This is just a part of becoming successful.

If you would like to learn more about the differences between a pro or an amateur, follow the stories of any successful business owner and you’re sure to see some similarities.

Conducting Business as a Christian

Conducting business as a Christian is extremely important, especially during these times.

It’s no secret that as Christians we come under scrutiny by unbelievers. Honestly, we come under scrutiny by other believers as well.

There are many aspects of our faith that are important when it comes to serving alongside our fellow man. They may not think of it in the same way, but what matters most is that we are seeking God’s ultimate will for our lives.

First and foremost we are to strive to be Christ-like. It is not easy, but we are taught in the Word of God to do so. What indication do we have that we are to do more than this?

Today, I’ll share with you some scriptural insight to this. I’ll also share with you a story that someone shared with me not long ago about this very topic.

Conducting Business as a Christian Matters

There are many themes throughout the Bible that are consistent with hard work.

Additionally, we can find numerous examples. Dedication, commitment, and servant-hood are all common themes throughout the Bible.

God makes it clear that conducting business as a Christian matters. Here are some scriptures that I recall that relate to this topic.

  1. Galatians 6:9-“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”
  2. Colossians 3:23-“And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily as unto the Lord, and not unto men.”
  3. Phillippians 2:14-15-“14 Do all things without murmurings and disputings: 15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;

This is just a few of the most well-known scriptures regarding work ethic, but it was important enough to God that He thought it was worth mentioning.

God is a God of planning, preparation, and obviously success. We know this because from the very beginning, we see planning and order in Creation.

We also see how this carries over into the lives of Noah and his family members.

With each story in the Old Testament, you see entrepreneurship, you see planning, and you see hard work. There are common threads among families that are in the Bible.

Jacob worked for 7 long years for his wife Rachel. When he discovered he had been betrayed and was given the eldest daughter, Rachel’s sister, he offered to work for another 7 years to get Rachel.

That is a deep love!

However, it was also hard work. Jacob put no other conditions on this, but to do the exact same thing because he wanted to be with her so much.

Measurements of the Tabernacle were very specific, and they were also very specific for Solomon’s Temple. There is never a time when God encourages laziness.

Doing well no matter what is also a mandate from God. There is no mistaking this. Do you work in the same fashion?

It’s easy for the body of believers to get upset, down and out when promotions are passed up. When a boss does something that doesn’t seem right, you may get frustrated.

Worst of all, many have lost hope over situations like this.

No matter what, God tells us to do right. We are to follow His Word. We are to do as He asks. If we do, we will be rewarded.

We are to do business by His Good Book. Doing all things with integrity is important, and it’s the picture we paint of Jesus to others that they will remember.

How do your co-workers and supervisors see you?

You can decide to be a blessing to others, and you can also choose to share the Gospel through your actions in the workplace by conducting business as a Christian no matter what.

 

Thoughts on Leadership and Self-Deception

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Have you read the book “Leadership and Self-Deception“?

Talking with teammates and mentors about leadership has shown us that clearly there is a massive breakdown in leadership in business.

Have you ever functioned in a managerial role? If so, how were you perceived by your team? Those who have been in a leadership role often fail to see that their job requires so much more than just “running the show”.

If you are not highly respected by your peers or your staff, you may want to reconsider how you are running your show. In fact, consider that you may want to focus more on running with those who work with you.

What are the desires and aspirations of your team? What are their goals and dreams? If you don’t know the answer, it’s time to read through this review on “Leadership and Self-Deception.”

You will begin to understand how to have a greater impact on your team, and you will also realize why it is a tremendous error to see those you work with as expendable and replaceable on a dime.

How Leadership and Self-Deception Go Hand in Hand

Working in a leadership role can be a total blessing, but just remember why you were put there.

Whether you worked hard, or you found God’s favor, you most likely followed the laws of success no matter what. Those who don’t abide by the laws of success will not come out on top on the winning edge.

However, this doesn’t mean that for a season individuals are not placed in leadership positions without merit. Sometimes, not all are faithful. The most important thing you can do is focus on you and what you can control.

Have you ever lied to yourself?

This is where “Leadership and Self-Deception” come together. You can tell yourself that you can do something because you are in charge, or you can choose to do the right thing and champion the cause of someone else.

The storyline in the book, about Tom, is a great eye-opener for those of us who have said, “well, one more donut won’t hurt me”. Yikes. I’ve done that. Have you?

It makes you think about how and why we choose to do certain things, and not all of those choices are good. Self-destruction is where it ultimately leads, and that can be dangerous to you and all involved.

The most interesting thing about this book, is that it is written by the Arbinger Institute. This means that a committee had to come together to submit ideas and prepare to write this book.

The story of Tom and his situation are quite common. He believes that he has been wronged by someone stealing his business, but throughout the story line he doesn’t ever see that he contributes to the problem.

At some point, you may begin to think that you relate to this guy in every way. You may think, “Gee, I know what it’s like to be in that situation. I know how awful that is, and I can’t believe so and so did that to me.”

What if you were to look at the story in a different light?

What if you asked, “How did I contribute to this mess?”

Tom learns as he goes that he should see employees or team members as people, and not just “workers”, or “employees”. Tom begins to understand that although these team members may not do everything right, they may be doing their absolute best.

Other Great Lessons from Leadership and Self-Deception

Along with great insights, there is also great entertainment.

Tom appears to have some road rage when he shakes his fist at a driver, and later he realizes it was his neighbor that he had an encounter with earlier that day. Wouldn’t this make you feel uncomfortable?

I can somewhat identify with Tom because I’ve heard something, made snap judgments and only to find out later that it wasn’t true.

Things are not always what they appear to be, but we believe the lie that what we see is what we are getting. This is almost never the case.

The question that this book poses, and that is super critical, is whether or not an individual who sees people as people rather than pawns in a game is worth more.

Does this mean that an individual like this can be a better manager or leader?

There will be times when you have to decide that certain things are NOT in the best interest of the company, as well as NOT in the best interest of the employees.

These are the tough decisions that leaders face, but this is okay.

Change takes time, and believe it or not, it is critical that every organization take this position if they want to champion the development of real leaders.

If you want to see situations in your workplace, or building your business through new eyes, I highly suggest that you grab a copy of “Leadership and Self-Deception.”

7 Laws of Network Marketing Leadership According to Randy Gage

Have you read the “7 Laws of Network Marketing Leadership” by Randy Gage?

As an international best-selling author, Randy Gage has long been a favorite of among network marketers. This is due in part to the fact that Gage tends to be more charismatic in appearance, but he is also like this when it comes to the way he speaks.

Today, Gage is one of the most successful network marketers in history, and those who have a strong interest in network marketing continue to read his materials and look to him for expert help in all areas of their business.

Leadership has always been a hot topic in the industry of network marketing, and that is because leadership is somewhat of an identifying factor. This is what can either lead people to join you in your business or it can cause them to avoid you altogether.

Would you agree that network marketing is all about leadership development?

It is, and it’s important that you recognize this if you want to be successful as well. Once you build yourself up and you are in a leadership position, you can then dedicate yourself and your time to helping others achieve their goals, as well as to help others completely.

Gage makes it clear in his PDF that he has taken his time to compile his research and couple it with his knowledge in order to help others achieve the same success that he has achieved with his career in network marketing.

Learn the 7 Laws of Network Marketing Leadership

Reading through Gage’s PDF is eye opening because it forces you to break it down and put it into segments. Here they are.

  1. You must lead yourself. There is no doubt that you have to be accountable for you. The first person you lead is yourself. Gage shares that he complained about his team. Wow! Gage has always been transparent, but it wasn’t until he realized that they were only doing what he was doing that he decided he was the problem. You have to be the leader, and you cannot expect your team to do things that you won’t do. Don’t expect anyone you recruit to make you rich. That will never happen. Personal responsibility comes before anything else. It ALWAYS does. You must set the example, otherwise your team will not follow.
  2. Grow your people and they will grow the network. Growing people is much different than what you are used to seeing in network marketing. Gage gives interesting insight into why networks cannot be grown. People grow, but networks will always continue to change and evolve into something more. People are different, cultures are different, and above all, people have to grow before anything else can happen. Cultivate a spirit of personal growth and you are more likely to succeed in network marketing.
  3. Lead people and manage things. Have you ever heard this phrase before? “He doesn’t know how to manage a business or people.” That is all too often the case, but it’s backwards. A better way to say this is that, “You lead people but manage things.” Ding, ding, ding. There is a major difference. People are going to grow and change, but things are moveable. Things can be changed to a point but it’s not so easy to change a person. The 7 Laws of Network Marketing Leadership lay this out very well, and it is imperative that you hold onto these laws to fully understand what is being said. When you are an effective leader, you can get people to do things willingly. That is a beautiful thought.
  4. Leaders don’t push to get people to put faith in them. Real leaders do not have the belief that they should step on people or push them into believing something. Leaders will have a strong influence on others and in turn those people will ultimately choose to gravitate to the real leader. Belief in you as a leader will be something these individuals develop, and it happens over time. Don’t push too hard, otherwise no one will want to follow you….EVER.
  5. Stop asking everyone to lead. You cannot expect that everyone around you will know how to be a leader. Keep in mind that they also may not possess those qualities that a good leader possesses. Gage gives a great example of this in his PDF. The example is a group of folks watching an individual getting mugged, and because there are so many bystanders no one does anything because they assume someone else is doing it. If you keep asking people to do something, they won’t because they will believe that someone else is doing it. Let leadership happen.
  6. Leaders nurture and celebrate the success of those who follow them. When you have your own business, you owe it yourself to help develop others, but you also need to nurture these folks. It is your responsibility to do so because this business does belong to you. Success means that you set goals, and that you ultimately are focused on how you can help those who are on your team have the same success. Measure your success by looking at those on your team. Watch their progress and monitor their activity. If they are not doing something it’s a reflection of what you are doing or not doing. Have you created a success story yet?
  7. It’s not about how many folks follow you but it’s about how many leaders you develop. Did you know that the number of folks that follow you has no bearing on the measure of your success? You can have folks that want to follow you everywhere, but it’s more important that you have played an instrumental role in developing leaders. Don’t let this trip you up. Leaders have to make mistakes to get to where they are, but they also learn from their mistakes and they work at developing themselves on a consistent basis.

There are many facets of being a successful leader, but I’ll share with you that the 7 laws of network marketing leadership are sincere, and they should become your foundation for success in your business.

Servant Leadership-Do You Lead by Serving Others?

Have you read the article  about servant leadership, “Leaders Lead by Serving: Do You?”

There was a lot of buzz about serving others back in 2009, and All for Good, a service created by the White House, Connect, Facebook, Huffington Post, and Google.

The service was intended to copy the intent of Craig’s List, and ultimately it was to be for the purpose of showing good to others and how to serve others. The big question people want to ask is, “Are leaders willing to serve others in an attempt to see how lives can be changed?”

The landscape could be quite different, but ultimately it’s up to each and everyone of us to decide how and when we can serve others. The premise is that in order to be a leader one must serve others.

Those who are well-known business leaders are a great place to start, but all too often they are either not willing to serve others, or they believe that others should serve them.

Is it possible that this belief has been lost in the shuffle?

What can you do today to start living and working with servant leadership?

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How to Live in Servant Leadership

There are many ways in which you can serve others, and there are six ways to live out serving others every single day.

  1. Lead by example. It’s important that you set the example with hard work. Always honor others by watching the example they set, and watch how other leaders are doing things. Don’t ever ask anyone to work harder than you do; it just isn’t fair. If you want to be a leader, then work hard and set the example for your team, family members, and co-workers. Remember, information wins the day. Show others that you know your product and service.
  2. Be willing to teach. Did you know that most individuals are fearful that they have nothing to offer their co-workers or even the company they work for? You must be willing to teach. If you have knowledge, share that knowledge with those you work with and your children. This is especially true when it comes to solving problems and setting the example for your children.
  3. Be a provider. Is there something that you can offer to those around you that can make their life or their job easier? Offer resources that are pertinent to what you’re trying to accomplish, and offer support to those individuals as well. Without support, those working with you won’t believe that they can accomplish great things. If you want someone to get the job done, make sure that they have the resources to do it.
  4. Inspire others. What inspires you most? Can you recall a time when you met someone or worked with someone that inspired you? Give those around you the love and respect they need. Again, always honor others and put them first. When you give to others and share your knowledge, you’ll come to inspire others too, regardless of their position or relationship to you.
  5. Be a mentor. Servant leadership is a call to mentorship, so don’t be shy about coaching others along with the knowledge you have. You don’t have to analyze people, but let them know that you care about who they are and what they are doing. When others do well, please take the time to give them promotion. This is another form of honor, and it shows that you truly put the best interest of others above your own.
  6. Serve, serve, serve. Serving others is the pinnacle of what it takes to be a true leader. All of these things should be put together for the absolute example of what it means to be a leader. Create a culture of service, and you cannot go wrong.

There has never been a time when servant leadership is more needed, and our country is in dire need of this leadership all around.

Can Leadership and Discipleship Collide-A Recap

A popular book, When Leadership and Discipleship Collide is changing the way pastors look at running their churches. Although I’ve not read the book from cover to cover, could it be that this same teaching could change the way that we run our businesses?

It can be challenging when you’re a Christian in the marketplace and your leaders are telling you to push others hard when you want them to come into their own. it’s natural to want people to work hard, but it only matters that we push individuals for the right reasons.

Those reasons should be pure, honest, and with the best of intentions. There is nothing wrong with getting people to work hard, pushing them to do so, but when greed comes into play it’s all wrong.

You’ll face leadership challenges that are born of the world, but you can take them and marry them together. While the book is talking about how the world trains business people and how it conflicts with biblical principles on reaching the lost in the workplace, we can take leadership principles and meld them together with discipleship for the great good of the church and the Christian businessman and businesswoman.

Today, I’m going to share with you how Jesus actually broke conventional leadership laws, and in turn used them to disciple others in the fashion of love, and one that is consistent with His Word to build better people all around.

Leadership and Discipleship Collide When Refusing to do Things God’s Way

The world will always teach you principles that are very different from what God’s Word teaches. Jesus was the greatest leadership example we have, but the world disagrees.

Generally, the world considers CEO’s, CFO’s, and COO’s the leaders. Presidents, those who work in government positions, and those who own multiple businesses are considered the greatest leaders.

This is the world’s definition of success, and it will force Christians to take a harder look at their lives and how they fit into Corporate America. The deeper truth about how Jesus handled leadership laws. Here are some of those truths found when leadership and discipleship collide.

1. Team building is generally made up of highly qualified leaders. The disciples were not qualified for anything, but Jesus chose them.
2. Keeping up momentum. Jesus always spoke the truth in love, but he wasn’t a cheerleader with a rah-rah type attitude.
3. Seeking out praise and good press. Jesus did not seek the approval of anyone. Jesus only went out to accomplish the work his Father in heaven wanted to accomplish.
4. Avoid controversy, even if it means that you are taking a stand for what is right. Jesus was not concerned with anything but speaking the truth of His Father’s Word. Jesus spoke the truth no matter what, and in the end, He spoke out against sin people’s lives. He overthrew the table in the Temple because it reduced His Father’s house to nothing more than a way to make money. Jesus was in fact, controversial.
5. Leaders always leverage time and influence. Jesus was a man of influence because everywhere He went people wanted to hear what He had to say. People followed Him and would press into the point where Jesus would have to sneak away for respite. However, Jesus never used people to get something. Jesus just went about to preach the Word and show love to others. Jesus also focused on meeting the physical needs of others before He did anything else. Jesus lived a life that was an example of discipleship.

There is no doubt that there is a lot to learn from the world’s leaders, and furthermore, leadership and discipleship can go hand-in-hand. While it can be done, it is safe to say that it must be done in love, and it MUST always be done in a way that exalts God’s Word.

When you do something, ask yourself whether or not it lines up with God’s Word, and ask whether or not it honors Him. How do your leadership and discipleship lineup?

4 Steps to Becoming a Leader in Network Marketing

There is a ton of information out there about network marketing, but it’s important that you learn the 4 steps to becoming a leader in network marketing before you try to convince others to join you.

Leadership is one of the main, missing ingredients in the industry today. You can’t become an overnight success just as you can’t become a leader overnight either.

There’s no doubt that there could be many more successful people out there if there was real leadership in the marketplace, teaching people how to execute everything effectively within their market.

So, how do you become a leader when you’re just getting started? If you have been called a natural born leader, how can you easily convince those around you what you’re capable of?

Today, I’m going to share with you what it takes to work at becoming a leader in network marketing today, and why it doesn’t happen overnight.

Work at Becoming a Leader in Network Marketing

Prosperity is a word more common than you think today, and it’s running in circles with those who are build a home-based business.

However, the percentage of those who are successful and have what it takes to get to prosperity is a small number.

Everyone wants to do well, and everyone wants prosperity. At the end of the day, what are you willing to do to create wealth? Are you willing to work hard and be consistent?

If you want to do well, focus on becoming a leader in network marketing. You want and need to be the person that others can count on.

Here are four steps to doing so.

  1. Get knowledge and get all the training you can. When you want to be great at something you dedicate your time to learning as much as you can. It’s important that you train, train, and train some more on what you want to do. You can’t go out and recruit others when you don’t have the knowledge and training you need to do it with your eyes closed. You won’t learn it all overnight, but you should get pretty darn close. Learn your business inside and out!
  2. Walk the talk. The second biggest problem is that we have too many folks running around telling others that they are a leader in the industry when they are not. Being a leader means more than making a certain amount of money. Being a leader means that you are leading people, and that you are building success stories. You have to commit to learning more every single day, and helping others every single day. When you commit to this you’ll become a success and you’ll be regarded as a leader in the industry. Act like a leader regardless of whether you are or not. Don’t take any success for granted. Be kind, be humble, and continue to look to the needs of others more so than your own. Putting others first is a sure way to succeed. Zig Ziglar said that if you help others get what they want you’ll ultimately get what you want!
  3. Be generous with your services, and just be generous…ALWAYS. Generosity isn’t something you should have to be told to do or be reminded to do. You should be generous with your services regardless of they are, because this will help attract people to you. Volunteer your services to help others, and mentoring is a huge way to help impact the life of someone else. If you want to be a leader and you want to train and help others succeed, then take the time to volunteer your time and services to help others.
  4. Be Organized. Organization is a big part of your success. When you have a rightful place for everything you’ll have more success than you ever imagined. This comes in handy when you’re training because it’s meaningful and important within the network marketing industry. Work with your team and set goals to hold each other accountable. Stay focused on your goals, and work toward them every day. As you do, you’ll discover that success with your business will follow.

Network marketing can be one of the most rewarding industries you’ll ever work in, so don’t spend too much worried about those who aren’t working their business.

If you want to be a great leader, you’ll want to stay focused on what you want to accomplish and what you’re doing to get there. Becoming a leader in network marketing is hard work, but it’s worth it once you get to freedom.

 

James

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