The Law of Respect: A Message to MLM Leaders
John C Maxwell’s Law #7 of his 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership is the Law of Respect.
“It basically says that people naturally follow leaders that are stronger than them. Now when we think of strength, I’m not talking about people naturally following people that are positionally above them….I’m talking about the fact that people naturally follow people who are better leaders than they are.” –John Maxwell
I’m gonna go public and say something bold to an industry I love and within which I participate, the network marketing industry. It would do many so called “leaders” in our industry some good to realize that our industry utilizes the term “leader” more loosely than any other industry out there. Being positionally above someone does mean that you have earned the right to lead that person, or that they are obligated to follow you.
I have personally met many top money earners from network marketing that are not good leaders. They are merely hustlers. They are willing to hustle and work hard. Hustle is a good skill. It is not the same skill as leadership.
I have personally met many people through the network marketing industry that have not made much money at all within the industry, and yet are tremendous leaders in other veins of Life: their churches, their local communities, at work, or in a traditional business model.
Professional Networkers who have made a 6 Figure and above income, hear ye me:
We are blessed to serve any woman or man who chooses to follow in our wake. Your downline is not your following or your wake. They are simply people who for some reason ended up positionally under you.
Your following consists of the people who actually buy into you, and your way; those who choose to align with you, soul to soul. Those who choose to spend their time equity learning from you. And that is never our entire downline. So do not be threatened or dismayed if one who is positionally under you looks to another for direction or leadership.
When I started my journey in my personal company of choice nearly 4 years ago, I prayed this prayer: “God…give me the ones I’m supposed to have.” I do not long for people to follow me who choose not to follow. I simply long to best serve those who have chosen to follow. Have I always done right be every single follower? No way…I’ve made a lot of mistakes from which I have learned and grown. I am grateful for the Life lessons, and for those who continue to journey on with me.
Leaders everywhere: I encourage you…forsake ego, and discover a servant driven heart. Be willing to serve whomever God places in your path to lead. Be willing to release those who choose to feed from another source other than you.
Together we will make a better difference in the world, if we can embrace this paradigm of Leadership: that leadership is earned.
Let’s go make a difference.