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Leadership Tips and The Power of Professional Development

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“To run fast, run by yourself. To run far, run with others” -African proverb

Currently, I lead tens of thousands of entrepreneurs myself, so I am often times asked to share my best leadership tips. I decided to put some thought behind my response, and share them all with you! Here  are my Top Ten “E’s” To Become an Empowering Entrepreneur:

1) Eighty-six the ego. In business there can be a lot of ego. We can also experience a lot of rejection. Humility is the ability to not be moved by flattery or by criticism. Remember- confidence and humility are not in conflict with each other, you CAN have BOTH at the same time!

2) Encourage- good leaders are great at recognition—for accomplishments both  great or small! I’ve heard the saying: “people will work harder for praises than raises!” Recognition can be free—it can be a quick call of congratulations. Handwritten notes are powerful– I sometimes like to slip in little $5 gift cards for iTunes and say: “You rock! Keep it up!” Public praise on social media sites, in a newsletter, or at a live meeting are not to be underestimated! Recognition= retention! People stay when they are praised!

3) Engage your group—Good leaders know how to take a spotlight, turn it away from them—and shine it onto their teams. Think of ways you can involve your team at meetings and events. People “buy in” when they are involved in the process!

4) Educate them—Leaders take the responsibility to train their teams.

5) Equip them—develop a mentality that you are out to create empowered leaders! Turn off your “enabling button”. Duplicate yourself as quickly as possible. Don’t get stuck in “management mode” thinking you should or have to do everything yourself. Teach your team to be problem solvers and critical thinkers. Encourage them to rise to the challenge, and develop their own leadership right away!

6) Edify- Good leaders know how to edify their company, others leaders, and those they lead. Use your words to build up, not tear down. It all comes back to you, and how you speak of others is a true reflection on YOU! And it all comes back to you—good or bad. Criticizing someone else is never a vision or a plan. Leaders are never critics.

7) Ethics-be a person on abundance & integrity. Be honest—do the right thing at all times. Tell the truth. Honor your team.

8) Example (lead by it!)—Whatever you do duplicates around you! Don’t train on things you’re unwilling to do. You set the pace. The speed of the leader is the speed of the team.

9) Endure–Pick one company, or mission, and stick with it. The grass is never greener on the other side, or in another company. The grass is only green where you water it!

10) EDUCATE YOURSELF– personal and professional development is key…

Have you heard the story about the starving baker?

Imagine… there was a brand new beautiful bakery built right down the road—the aroma of fresh pastries filled the air, where hot, delightful treats would be served all day long. This baker is brilliant. You go in, and get your treat, and watch the baker do his thing! It is magnificent watching. He does everything himself; he cleans the tables, tends to the cash register, bakes the goods, greets the guests. You start to notice, wow, he’s surprisingly thin….you began to think “He’s so busy baking for others, he’s forgetting to eat and he’s starving himself”.

Are you that starving baker? Most of us are so busy that we fall into starving baker mode. We get so wrapped up in our jobs, our problems, the house, errands, and everyone else and their matters…that we never push “pause” and take the time to grow ourselves. We feel hollow—and sometimes we feel fake. But you are not fake…what you are is a starving baker—you’ve gotten busy and you’ve stopped growing. We’ve all been there before.

Taking time for our personal and professional growth provides nourishment for our souls, and it fuels our minds. It makes us more effective for everyone in our lives we influence—our families, friends, and our teams. If I could encourage all of you to implement one thing today—it would be to plan to wake up each day and just as you eat your breakfast to fuel your body,  begin to feed your mind too! You can only go as far as you grow! Read books on areas you wish you grow (both personally and professionally). Listen to only things that will encourage your growth.

If you really take the time to grow both personally and professionally, I can promise you you’ll grow in the top 10 categories above!

Speaking of personal and professional development, I did a little <3 Day Giveaway, on my Facebook Business Page for Business Leaders which teaches people how to generate leads, close more sales, and get social media strategies for any small or home based business. I asked key leaders to share: what are your favorite books/ materials on leadership or business? They gave so many great recommendations!

Three lucky participants on the page won a library full of some of my favorite personal and professional development materials, plus my Rock Star Recruiting School CD Series…plus a few fan faves from this weekend’s contest!

Congratulations goes out to: Sara Marble, Jodi Stott, and Patricia Sanabria Maki

PS- a big thanks to Sara Marble for giving me rave review of how the Rock Star Recruiting School CD Series is helping her team ROCK their business (this was unsolicited, and a great treat to find pop up in my inbox this morning):

You’re rock star cd’s are going viral in my team!!! Just got a call from one of my business builders and she listened to the cd’s twice this weekend (I gave them to her as a gift last Monday) and she was driving to bring them to HER business partner…she has 3 scheduled training appointments to get her power team going and I can’t thank you enough for all the wonderful info in your training!!  47 new people on my team so far in February!!! DREAMING BIG!!!!!”

Way to go Sara and team—you ROCK!

Congratulations to all of our winners… if you haven’t already “liked” our business page, be sure to head there now, because we will have some fantastic giveaways in March for our “Lucky Likers”!

If you missed our post this weekend, tell me below: what are your favorite books or materials to help you grow?

PS- Sharing ROCKS! If you liked what you read, give me a quick “like” or “share” on your favorite social site! This is valuable material to share—because when you grow leaders around you, your life will be enriched, and you will rock your business!

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Remember: Leadership is not a title, it’s a behavior. Let’s live it, and ROCK IT!

Rock on Rock Stars, Sarah “Rockin” Robbins

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About Sarah “Rockin” Robbins:

SARAH ROBBINS is a kindergarten teacher turned 7-figure annual residual income earner in network marketing, and is considered one of the world’s leading network marketing consultants. Now in the top one percent income bracket of all women in America, she began part time with no business experience and had achieved 6-figures per MONTH by age 29. She has been featured in many of the best-selling books in the network marketing profession, and is a sought after speaker at the top events in the industry. As a speaker she contributes unique insights on success, prosperity, leadership and network marketing topics, and is fulfilling her lifelong dream of helping others. You can receive her FREE VIDEO for MLM Success HEREhttp://sarahrobbins.com/free-video

If you’re really serious about building a BIG business, for less than $100 you can also purchase her 7-figure Success System for home based businesses, the Rock Star Recruiting School HERE==> http://shop.sarahrobbins.com/SearchResults.asp?Cat=3

(*she’s sure it will be one of the best investments you make to ROCK your business!)