“Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember you can achieve.” -- Mary Kay Ash
We opened with a quote from Mary Kay in honor of the to Ruby and Sapphire leadership conferences that are happening in New Orleans right now! Many NSDs, Directors, Independent Beauty Consultants, Unit Members, and more are flocking to Bourbon street to celebrate their careers and learn how to advance them.
Now ladies, make sure this conference isn’t all creole eating and drinking too many fruity drinks with umbrellas! We know what happens in New Orleans might need to stay there. We encourage you to have a good time but also take the time to see what you can learn. In case your trip goes by too quickly in a blur we have some tips you can take away about being a good leader.
How To Be a Great Leader
Being a good leader takes practice and self-awareness. Know what your strengths and weaknesses are, and know what areas you need to improve in. If you don’t like talking in front of groups practice public speaking. Pretend you’re addressing a group during your daily routine or join the community theater to get experience as the center of attention.
If you need to practice being a little more social then go out and make small talk. Ask strangers how they’re doing or join a recreational club and get involved with others. Also, practice being firm. Telling your team members that something isn’t okay, or firing someone can be extremely uncomfortable, but you have to keep a confident face and attitude during the process.
As a leader, you’re a role model. It’s important to be positive. Wear that beautiful smile of yours, laugh, and be confident. If a stressful situation occurs, don’t lose your cool. Work through it, or be confident and tell your team that you’ll figure it out. Never lose your cool with cursing or yelling at someone.
Lead by example. You can yammer on all day about how to get more sales, but your team will learn more if you show them how. Let them sit in on conference calls, show them how to approach strangers with your card, and invite them to watch your makeup parties.
However, being a leader isn’t actually all about you. You’re a part of your team, so create an environment that promotes teamwork. Encourage creativity instead of day to day tasks, and ask for feedback about your ideas. Collaborate and ask for ideas, you’ll be surprised with how much you can learn from your team.
Always give credit where credit is due and share the spotlight. If one of your unit members has a good idea, let them know that it’s good and share it with the rest of the group.
You also need to simply be human and approachable. Get to know your team by asking them personal questions and following up later by asking for more details about their family, hobbies, or pets. Be quick to say you’re sorry when you were wrong about something, and just be honest when you don’t have the answer to something.
Your team needs to be challenged so be sure to set goals for them to complete and gradually add to their roles over time. Make sure that they’re in a positive environment where the sky's the limit, and it’s about what they can do, instead of sticking to a budget or limiting potential.
Enjoy Your Conference!
We at UnitWise sincerely hope you have a great time enjoying the ruby and sapphire conference. Remember to play hard, and work hard. It’s a new year so hopefully, you’ll walk away with new leadership skills to motivate your team and new sales techniques to make 2017 your most profitable year so far!
*Content found in the UnitWise blog is for informational purposes only. UnitWise is an independent business with no affiliation to Mary Kay®.