When Your Downline “Breaks Away”… Relax and Rejoice!

Do you have team members who feel they know so much about the business they are ready to start doing things “their own way”? They no longer feel the need to conform to your leadership, and believe they can branch out on their own without your support…

As leaders, many of us have encountered someone like this on our network marketing journey. As human beings, we crave recognition. In a business like ours, the natural tendency is to want to be at the top, to get all the glory and praise, to shine in a crowd.

I have noticed that many leaders who have a fast-rising star in their team—the person everyone is talking about, and who is probably starting to make more money than the upline—get jealous and insecure. Some of them make a classic mistake and try to keep that person under their wings and control them.

Network marketing is not about managing people, it’s about leading them.

Network marketing is not about managing people, it’s about leading them. Click To Tweet

If, as leaders, we try to control our people, then we don’t understand how to build a lasting and sustainable business. As a leader who really wants the success you dream of, whenever you see someone in your team who’s willing and ready to grow the business without you, don’t try to dissuade them. Do what you can to guide the person, be happy for them, and let them know you are there to help should they need you.

Rejoice, because this is when true duplication starts to happen!

Leadership is the ability to influence people to willingly do things they wouldn’t ordinarily want to do. Don’t get bossy by telling them they must follow your rules “because you are their sponsor/upline.” Allow others to be free to express their own views, and if their point of view makes sense, why not try some new ideas? This will make the person feel proud, excited, and they will perform even better, which in turn is beneficial to you!

Leadership is the ability to influence people to willingly do things they wouldn’t ordinarily… Click To Tweet

Some network marketing leaders who have been in business for over 20 years, at one time did not support any ideas related to Internet marketing. They believed nothing could beat traditional recruiting. Today, those same leaders have adapted and learned to use the Internet to market their business.

True leaders nurture and celebrate the success of their team members. The true test of a leader is not how many followers you have, but how many leaders you develop.

I suggest that if you are faced with a team member who wants to break away and grow the business their own way, wish them luck, and be willing to answer their call when they need your help.

Always remember: their success is also your success.

 

TOC_Gene_AdiguGene Maxon Adigu is a young Nigerian network marketing leader who is passionate about promoting the business model and profession across Africa. Gene and his wife Didi live in Warri city, one of the major petroleum and business hubs in southern Nigeria. Networking Times featured Gene as a Master Networker in our Sep/Oct 2015 issue.

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