10 Traits of a Successful Leader People Will Want To Follow

traits of a successful leader

Do you know what the traits of a successful leader look like? If you’re in the network marketing industry, you should know that in order for you to be successful, you have to step into a leadership role. And in order to be successful, you need to display certain leadership qualities. It’s the only way people will look up to you, learn from you and trust in your credibility. It’s a known fact that people follow leaders and people follow leaders because they want to be successful. They know that leaders have answers and will guide them to the success they seek. 

Recently, I was on a MLSP Wake Up call and Mark Harbert, top earner and leader inside the community shared these tips for being the kind of leader people will want to follow.

5 Traits of a Successful Leader

So if you’re asking, “What does it take to be a good leader?” You’ll need to know the traits of a successful leader. Here are ten that will make you the kind of leader people will follow:

Be humble. Humility is defined as a low or modest view of one’s own importance. We know that a leader has it going on. A leader has experienced some success. A leader is the apple of everyone’s eye. But the minute the leader shows a lack of humility, he/she can quickly fall from grace. Some leaders change when they become successful top earners. They think more of themselves than others. Being humble is an important quality because it tells others that, even though you’ve made it, you haven’t forgotten the struggle.

qualities of leadershipHave a compelling vision. With a vision that people can relate to or are striving toward themselves, it will be easier to gain followers. If your mission is to help create millionaires or to teach people strategies to become financially independent, and you are shouting this loud and clear, those who want to achieve this will hear and follow.

Be responsible for your actions. As a leader, you are being looked to and looked up to. It is important, then, to do and behave in a manner of a leader. If you do something that is contrary to what a leader does, you have to take responsibility for it. Never play the blame game or make excuses as to why you did or said something that should not have been said or done in the first place. Take ownership of it and make amends. 

Be consistent. People are looking for consistency. When you are consistent, it shows that you are organized, dependable and giving of yourself. When people come looking for you, they will always find you.

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Be affirming. Let people know that you recognize what they’re doing. Go on their pages and compliment them. Leave comments that tell them they are “doing it” or “you’re awesome”, for example. People love it when leaders compliment them. I know this from experience. The first time Brian Fanale, CEO of My Lead System Pro, liked one of my Instagram posts was the day I was on top of the world. He’s liked and commented on several more since then. In another example, it was totally unexpected to see Todd Falcone’s comment on an Instagram post. I was thrilled at that as well, even more so when he responded to my comment about his comment. 

5 More Traits Of A Successful Leader

leadership traitsShow people you care. You’ve probably heard that expression that people don’t care about how much you know until they know how much you care. You show this by talking and listening to their concerns and problems. As a problem solver, it is your duty to show empathy and assist in helping them solve their problems.

Communicate well. As a leader, you have to be able to communicate well. You do this by reading and learning every day. The more you learn, the more versed you are at speaking to your prospects about their issues and providing solutions.

Show respect. Understand that everyone has a point of view and that point of view may be different from yours. It’s okay to disagree but it’s not okay to be disrespectful because of it. Your role of leader or your position of earning doesn’t mean you change or that somehow because of it, you’re better than those who may be following behind you.

Be trustworthy. One of the hallmarks of this industry is that people will only buy from people they know, like and trust. So it is important to gain people’s trust. You do this by how you’re “being” in the public eye. Always present yourself as a professional in the way you look, speak and by your actions. Always show yourself as a person of integrity and fairness. Be genuine and encouraging. Be the “go to” person for information, resources and ideas. People will naturally follow you because they know you or feel like they do, like and trust you. 

what does it take to be a good leaderFollow up. When you commit to do something, make sure you do it. Whether it’s a blog post series, a video tutorial, phone calls or appointments at specific times, if you say you’re going to do it, do it. People want to know that you are a person of your word. If you show that you’re not, chances are they won’t be interested in you as a leader and will look to someone else. 

In closing, if you want to know what being a leader is all about, these 10 traits of a successful leader should give you a better idea on what you need to do to become a leader that people will want to follow.

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  1. Karen Andrews
    Karen Andrews
    October 12, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    Great post Theresa! If people become the leader that they themselves needed when they started, it’s always a good place to start. Actually doing what you ask your team to do will create a bond with them of trust and respect.

    • Theresa Lovelace
      Theresa Lovelace
      October 12, 2016 at 2:10 pm

      You’re so right Karen. We all know what we need or needed. Just pass the same on to others 🙂

  2. Sandra strickland
    Sandra strickland
    October 12, 2016 at 6:44 pm

    Sometimes we over complicate the very simplest of concepts. Thanks for the eloquent way you layed leadership out.

  3. Nicolas Puegher
    Nicolas Puegher
    October 18, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    You surely did some great points here and I agree with you. A leader should be respectful, responsible and trustworthy, at least from my point of view maybe some people think different.

    Some people are natural leaders even without they knowing it, some other people would kill to be one.

    • Theresa Lovelace
      Theresa Lovelace
      October 18, 2016 at 4:27 pm

      Thanks Nicolas. True, leaders have to possess many qualities! 🙂

  4. Heath
    October 18, 2016 at 11:45 pm

    Great post Theresa! All of these are traits lead re need to have and should practice. I especially agree with humility. It makes you more personable and approachable

    • Theresa Lovelace
      Theresa Lovelace
      October 19, 2016 at 9:33 am

      I agree. Humility makes you human. Thanks for your comment, Heath! 🙂

  5. Brian Garcia
    Brian Garcia
    October 19, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    Come from a place of Authenticity! Thanks, Theresa!

    • Theresa Lovelace
      Theresa Lovelace
      October 19, 2016 at 5:45 pm

      You’re welcome, Brian. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  6. Chris Shouse
    Chris Shouse
    October 21, 2016 at 1:56 am

    I love this post and can see it in a few people that I follow including you Theresa. These traits you brought out are an excellent list.

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