Assess Your Network Marketing Team Leadership Skills

Network Marketing Leadership Skills AssessmentI wrote a post last week about network marketing leadership that included a video of Seth Godin talking about the power of leadership and tribes and that inspired me to create a list for assessing network marketing leadership skills.

Our job as a network marketing team leaders is not to sponsor business builders, our job is to change lives.  Network marketing leadership begins with ourselves.  We must be honest with ourselves and know what leadership sills we need to clarify and or improve on for ourselves.

Network Marketing Leadership: Assess Your Team Leadership Skills

  • What do you stand for?
    • Are you breaking rules in order to change the world?
    • What are you passionate about, something that is part of your world that needs changing? Something you, your company, or your products can help change?
  • Who are you leading?
    • Are they following you because by default they are on your team, or are they following you because they WANT to be associated with you?
    • Is your focus on serving them?
    • Do you believe in your teammates and their potential for success?  How well do you communicate that vision with them?
  • Are you a responsible leader?
    • Do you accept total responsibility for you and your team?
    • Are you taking action in building your own personal business or are you mostly focused on what your team is doing?
  • How strong are your communication skills?
  • How well do you embrace change?
    • When your company discontinues your favorite product line or updates their ordering process how do you handle it?  Do you complain or look at it as a new opportunity?
    • How do you view and handle obstacles in your own business and life?
  • Are you decisive and can you think on your feet?
  • Are you focused?
    • Do you have a system you follow, focusing on fundamentals or do you have A.D.O.S.–“Attention Deficit…Ooh, Shiny!”
    • Does your team understand your system and can they easily communicate it to their down lines?
    • Do you have a network marketing success mindset; do you set goals and stick with them until you achieve them?
  • Are you trustworthy?
    • Do you speak the truth, even if it may hurt someone?
    • Do you have the confidence to confront someone who isn’t following your company/team’s code of ethics? (Do you even have a code of ethics?)
  • Are you constantly improving your own skills and investing in your own education?
    • Do you accept criticism well and use it as an opportunity to improve yourself?
    • How often do you assess your approach, your skills, and brainstorm ways you could improve?

Network marketing leadership skills are developed through action and bravery.

Leadership takes courage, stepping out in faith before you are 100% confident, being optimistic and having a vision, and developing charisma and your own leadership style.  It takes courage to do what’s right, to go against the status quo, and to admit you are weak in certain areas.  In my opinion that is what makes a great network marketing leader.

What about you?

Heather C Stephens, Clever Marketer Internet Network Marketing MLM       Home Business Blog Tips for WAHM MompreneursHeather Stephens

I would love you know what you think.  You are on a dofollow blog so you will get some link love from me if you comment and share.  What qualities do you value in network marketing leadership and what you do to improve your network marketing leadership skills?

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  1. Hi Heather,

    a great mindset post. I stumbled across the “breaking rules” in your first item. Breaking rules – good or bad ? I say: Definitely good. But it’s not necessarily about breaking any rule there is, simply those that are in your way to success and leadership. And we don’t need to start looking outside from us and start blaming our environment, it’s important to start breaking our own rules we imposed to ourselves throughout the years, for example the rule of going to work everyday and make everybody else rich but ourselves or the rule of instant gratification.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Take care


    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hi Oliver,

      Forgive me for my delayed reply to your awesome comment! I wasn’t meaning breaking rules as in doing something unethical or illegal, but doing things against the status quo. 🙂 I’m glad you caught that. You’re right that we impose rules on ourselves without realizing it, and breaking those rules is really a breakthrough toward our success.

      I appreciate your comment! Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts and helping me to clarify mine!


    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hi Oliver,

      Please accept my apology for the delay in my reply to your awesome comment. I appreciate you mentioning the breaking the rules phrase I made in the post. I by no-means intended that to mean something illegal or unethical, but simply breaking beyond the boundaries or rules of the status quo.

      You are so right that we have imposed rules on ourselves throughout the years, and breaking those rules is a breakthrough toward our success.

      Thanks for your thoughts and for helping me to clarify my own! 🙂


  2. Hey Heather valuable lessons for any business the composite of which defines our personality and identity. Can’t go too far wrong asking all those questions

    Cheers Kiaran

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hi Kiaran,

      I’m tardy in my reply, but I appreciate your comment very much. I’m glad you enjoyed the post on assessing your network marketing team leadership skills and the questions I posed! 🙂


  3. Hey Heather,

    Your postings are always filled with valuable information.

    I just voted for your blog over at the top 50 MLM Blog contest.

    Posts like these is why it was my pleasure to review your blog.

    Personally my network marketing skills have been improving.

    Two months ago my entire downline was dead. With the use of my Internet marketing skills I have been building a new more responsible team.

    I actually have ADD, so it does make things a bit difficult. That is why my scheduler and Blackberry are vital to my game plan.

    Thanks for this post Heather!

    Tommy D.

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      HI Tommy,

      Thank you so much for your comment and vote for the top 50 MLM Blog contest! You’re the best!

      I’m happy to hear that things for you and your team are improving. It’s a process, this whole network marketing leadership journey, and we’re all growing through our experiences. Having a dead downline is definitely something that many leaders have overcome.

      I do have some add tendencies as well, and it can be difficult to keep track and keep up with everything. I have a dayplanner, and I use outlook which is synced to my phone so that helps me too. And…what would I do without a timer?

      Thanks for your comment and I’m sorry for the delay in my reply. My month-end was crazy and I fell behind on my comments and emails! 🙂


  4. A.D.O.S – LOL that’s hilarious Heather..

    I really think you started it off just right with the question: “what do you stand for?” I don’t think many people take that question seriously enough. It it the foundation of your business, it’s what your brand is built on and it should be given a lot of thought.

    thanks for this great post

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hi Hector!

      I have to give credit to one of my girl scout’s for the ADOS! She’s one of the funniest people I’ve met and she’s 12. I can’t wait to see what life brings her way.

      I’m glad you think I started the post off right with what do you stand for. That was something I had to learn, relearn, and learn again in my business. Thankfully the leadership lessons keep coming until I master them. 🙂

      I appreciate your comment and apologize for the delay in my reply.


  5. hi Heather

    taking full responsibility for everything that happens in your life is fundamental to being a leader.

    Great principles to follow here and we really should aspire to all of them.

    Charlie Holles

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hi Charlie,

      Sorry for my tardy reply to your comment. I appreciate your thoughts about leadership and agree wholeheartedly that we must take full responsibility for everything that happens to us in our life!

      Thanks for commenting!

  6. This is an awesome checklist Heather – one that raised my eyebrows a couple of times while I was reading it, not because I question anything in it, but rather as a response to my own personal standing with regard to those points!

    Being a leader in any field is not easy, least of all in network marketing. It is plain to see that the sooner we as leaders understand our responsiblities, & make the decision to continually evolve as situations & circumstances dictate, the sooner we will grow to the heights that we should be striving to achieve.

    Stay inspired, keep it coming!

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hi Michael,

      Well, I’m late in replying to your comment, but it was meaningful to me all the same.

      My eyebrows were raised as well because of my response. Leadership is a journey and really not something that anyone can really master because the people we lead and the situations we’re leading them in are always changing. You are right, that we must continually evolve!

      Thanks for commenting. I appreciate you.


  7. Heather,

    You always deliver awesome content… And it wasn’t difficult for me to vote for your blog at the Top 50 MLM Blogs Contest.

    You’re right, it’s important to develop good leadership skills because they are critical to the long-term success for any serious network marketer in this industry.

    People follow leaders, not companies. It’s NOT about your company, your fantastic products or your amazing compensation plan. It’s about YOU – how you serve and help others to get what they want. This is how you’ll succeed in network marketing.

    Thanks for sharing your insights.

    All the best,
    Mavis Nong

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hi Mavis,

      Thanks for the vote and the comment! I appreciate your time and confidence in me and my blog! 🙂

      I wish I had “gotten it” sooner that it wasn’t about me, my company, or products. For a while in the beginning I would be so hurt when someone turned me down because I felt like they were turning me down personally, but like every leadership skill, I had to keep facing it until I learned it.

      Learning that my business isn’t about me is one of the best lessons I’ve had so far. Knowing that, and putting my focus on the person I’m sharing it with, takes away the “creepy-crawly-nervous” feeling I used to have and replaced it with compassion and confidence that I am passing something wonderful onto someone and it’s not a reflection poorly on me if they decide it’s not right for them.

      Thanks for your comment and your vote! I’m sorry for being tardy in my reply, month-close was a bit crazy for me. (in a good way!) LOL


  8. Hey Heather,

    You deliver top notch material. That is why I didn’t even hesitate to vote for this blog.

    Chat with you later…

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hey Josh,

      Thank you so very much for the compliment, comment and vote! 🙂


  9. Heather,

    Awesome, and thoughtful! The questions are short…yet the detail behind them for each person should be very deep if they want to be a leader. ANY person who gets into Network Marketing and builds a team of even only one other person…has to realize, they are responsible for that person! Leadership comes with the territory!

    Thanks for the content!

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hi Misty,

      Thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts! I’m apologizing for being behind on my comments this week and hope you’ll overlook my tardiness.

      I agree that leadership comes with the territory of building a network marketing business, and anyone who thinks they can sneak in and be successful without it is just asking for struggle! 🙂

      Thanks so much!

  10. Hello, Heather!
    I did fall in love with your blogs! They are always very thoughtful and exact.
    I think that Network Marketing is something that has a great future. And the list of questions mentioned above… I thin that it’s just like a plan for those who are just beginning their way.

    • Heather C Stephens says:

      Hi Catherine,

      Thank you so much! I’m glad you enjoyed my blog and my post!

      Have a great night!

  11. Hey Heather,

    I just want to start off by saying “thank you” for the fantastic article.

    I am looking forward to reading your past/future work. I am currently on vacation, so I have lots of time for reading.

    Thanks again,


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