The first question you might ask is, “Why is a leadership interview so important?” When you begin to grow your network marketing team, showing that you can lead a group of people to success is crucial to being successful. This is especially true in network marketing because you may feel that your leadership is more one of wrangling big cats than traditional leadership.
As a network marketer, often your senior partners want to know that you are a person who has the talent and the skills to be successful and that you are ready for them to take the time and effort to groom you for higher positions in the company. Typically in one of these conversations they might ask questions like these:
- Who Are You? – Here they are looking for what can you do for the team. As I noted above, you need to show your senior partner that investing time and money in training you will not be wasted. You have what it takes to contribute to the team and climb the ranks to a senior level.
- What Have You Done? – Even if you don’t see yourself as a leader, many of the things you do daily demonstrate leadership traits. If you don’t know if you are a leader, take the 10 Top Indicators of Leaders assessment and find out. These are questions where you can talk about real examples of your leadership within a business or more personal setting.
- Tell Me About… — These types of questions are called “behavioral questions.” They are designed to draw out examples of how you have demonstrated the traits and skills necessary to be successful. They are also a good way to see where the skill gaps are for training purposes. Chose one of your leadership experience and be comfortable sharing it. Remember these experiences could be through volunteering, clubs, family and projects. Stories are great and be careful to not ramble. Often speaking in “bullet” points can keep the story on target
Even if you don’t have a team just yet, leadership can be shown in how you handle the individuals who are further up the rank ladder as well as gaining cooperation on projects that might grow teams, i.e., an event at your home, doing a trade show or exhibit at a conference, doing a telethon at your office to recruit new members, or planning and executing training program.
As you can see, showing leadership when interviewed demonstrates the value you bring to the team and helps you get in touch with that strong vision you have of the future. It sets you on the course you have defined to reach that vision as others begin to see and understand where you are going in the future.
I teach The Art of Herding Cats: Leading Teams of Leaders for just this reason. Leadership is crucial to success in any endeavor especially network marketing. If, after taking the assessment above, you are still asking the question, “Do I want to be a leader?” then lets explore together where you are now, what are the limiting beliefs holding you back and what the next steps might be. I will show you how to enjoy and prosper from seeing; embracing and owning your own leadership and the success that will come along the way. Join me!
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Linda Patten, MBA, BSN, RN has over 30 years of experience leading women to success in building and achieving their dreams. She turns networking marketing women from product sellers to leaders of highly functioning teams. To learn more about her innovative programs, click on Contact Us.