Nature vs. Nurture Theorie
Are true leaders born or created? This question has sparked many debates and has been an ongoing discussion for decades. For example, in the early nineteenth century, it was believed that some are born to be leaders due to their inborn traits and that success is rather inherited than earned. Luckily, nowadays we have enough evidence to conclude that leaders can be ‘made’, and there is no data or significant validation to prove otherwise. Undoubtedly some character traits are innate, and they might be very useful on the path to success, but the majority of nature vs. nurture studies, as the subject of matter became widely known, favor the idea that leadership is a result of experience and a well-acquired set of skills. That being said, becoming a leader demands a lot of effort, perseverance and consistent hard work.
All Marketers are drawn to the idea of financial independence, exactly because of their leadership qualities and personal values. With Lyconet you have the possibility to build your own team, but the way you manage and guide it, it’s entirely up to you. Every Marketer needs to master certain skills in order to build and expand his/her team. Expanding your team is undoubtedly one of the factors that will define your career development. That being said, to be a good team leader is a very responsible task and certainly one of the crucial factors for a Marketer’s career development. And keep in mind that:
“Management is about persuading people to do things they do not want to do, while leadership is about inspiring people to do things they never thought they could.”— Steve Jobs
Top qualities of a good leader
1. Be a great communicator
Strong leaders need to be excellent communicators. The secret key to any type of successful relationship is communication. Leaders should know how to spread their message across precisely for the job to be done. Their communication should be assertive and never bitter. Leaders should be open to questions, suggestions and feedback, and flexible enough to support their team. A leader should be empathic and listen actively. In that way, he/she can gain respect and build trust, which strengthens the team and has a direct impact on the overall team performance.
2. Be the Vision
John Maxwell once said, ‘Leadership is influence – nothing more, nothing less.’ Leaders should inspire their organization and motivate them to do their job with love and because it fulfills them, not just because it pays their rent. A true leader should learn how to be positive and stay calm while facing challenges. In that way, his/her team can feel safe and ready to conquer the world of business.
3. Be your true self
Be honest and open with your team even when facing difficulties. Be your authentic self and always be aware of your strengths and weaknesses. Only by being aware of who you really are and by establishing your work ethics and moral values, you can then project them on your team. Being sincere and transparent will encourage and motivate your team and therefore take your business to another level. Be accountable and stay behind your decisions, but never forget to consider some constructive critic.
It’s all about the skills
Working on your personal development and improving your skills is the only way to become an example for those who follow in your footsteps. Being a good leader is the easiest way to expand your team. It is important to remember that even if some people seem to be born leaders, the truth is that one can learn how to become one.
Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them. —John C. Maxwell
Eydman Michael. ”Are Leaders Born or Made?”, MBA Graduate Studies, ResearchGate, January 2019: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/337738556_Are_Leaders_Born_or_Made