I want to be a Great Network Marketing Follower (AKA – Leadership skills and the Ability to follow)Thursday, August 12, 2010 20:39
Now you may be thinking I have a typo of some sort, or maybe I am just trying to write a fancy headline to capture your attention (I confess the latter does have some truth). But the reality is that great followership skills are needed for any successful team! Want to have great Leadership skills? Learn to be a great follower!
The idea of being labeled a follower has a stigma attached to it. For example – they are passive, weak people who only do what they are told. This could not be further from the truth. Followership is role, just like leadership is. Both are critical to the success of a team. not everyone can lead at the same time.
Leadership is a fluid role. When you think about it – everyone at some point in time is a follower.
The formal definition of Followership is the capacity or willingness to follow a leader (Merriam-Webster). When you think about capacity to follow, it extends beyond following instructions or being able to follow what someone tells you to do.
A good follower brings to the table their integrity, ability to contribute and share ideas, their skills, knowledge and ability to work with others. Hmmmmm very similar to a leader.
Good Followers are active and can think for themselves. It’s not about doing what you are told to do. It is about working with a team to accomplish success of a common goal / vision.
How does this all apply to Network Marketing?
- We all have an upline or a mentor to learn from and grow with. We take on a followership role in this instance
- Having good followership skills helps us to keep ourselves open to new thoughts and ideas. Sometimes when we lock ourselves into the “Expert” role, we are not as open to new and fresh ideas from those who may have less experience. We narrow our vision and limit success in this manner
- We model for our team members success strategies
- It puts us in the position of working collaboratively and place focus on helping others.
Below is a great video “The Art of Followership: How Great Followers create great leaders & Organizations
The ability to follow is a indeed a necessary Leadership Skill including the network marketing industry.
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