What does it mean to be a leader?

When I first started teaching at Grand Canyon University in 2000, I made a decision.  If I were going to set myself up in a leadership position, I had to ensure that I was setting a good example.  I never knew when I might run into one of my students–or when they might be watching me when I didn’t realize it, so I knew that I had to always make decisions as if I were standing in front of the classroom.  As a professor in a Christian university who signed a statement of faith, I believed that was the right thing to do.

You might be thinking, “that’s not fair!”  or “it wasn’t any of their business.”  Maybe so, but here’s the thing.  I have watched more than one pastor make some bad choices.  And those choices resulted in many people turning away from God.  To them, their pastor represented God.  And so did his actions.  I realized that, as a teacher, I had a similar influence on my students.  I couldn’t stand in front of the classroom representing one thing and then act another way outside of it.

Think about it–what is the number one criticism people have of the church?  Christians are hypocrites.  We’re being watched.  Every day.  And our actions are weighed against our words.

I firmly believe that realizing that people are watching you is a huge part of leadership. When you stand up in front of a group and say you believe in something–you’d better live that out in your life.  You  never know when someone might be watching you.

When you start a network marketing business and you set out to build a team–you are also choosing to lead.  From here on out, people are watching you.  The people on your team.  The people in your life who may not be ready to make that step.  People you don’t even know watching you on Facebook.

If you truly believe in something, stick with it.  Think about how your actions are going to affect others–how they will affect your company.

Here’s the thing–the most successful people are in a business they are absolutely passionate about.  So passionate that they would share their product or service even if they never made a dime.  That’s how I feel about my company.  If you don’t feel that way–DON’T become a distributor!  And if you do–don’t let money or any other reason take you away from that company.  Remember your why–and remember the commitment you made when you signed up–to be a leader.

Regardless of whether you are running a business or living out your faith–please live out what you say you believe.  Everyone makes mistakes.  So if you do, apologize.  Own up to it.  Be real.  Be genuine. Remember that you are making an impact, one way or another, on many others.

Blessings-

Karen

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