Everybody can be great because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace.
Martin Luther King Jr.
In the quote above Dr King answers the question asked in the title of this post. His answers centers around the two words serve and heart. Okay, so how does this all fit into being great in network marketing? Well, if you haven’t already figured it out, network marketing success is about leadership. In a earlier post about leadership I used this quote from Seth Godin “Leadership is now the strongest marketing strategy” The two words serve and heart are the basic of the most powerful form of leadership “Servant Leadership”.
What is Servant Leadership
The phrase “Servant Leadership” coined by Robert K. Greenleaf in The Servant as Leader, an essay that he first published in 1970. In that essay, he said:
- “The servant-leader is servant first…
- It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first.
- Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead.
- That person is sharply different from one who is a leader first, perhaps because of the need to assuage an unusual power drive or to acquire material possessions…
- The leader-first and the servant-first are two extreme types.
Servant Leadership is based on Seven Pillars
Ken Blanchard one of the most influential leadership experts in the world says this about Servant Leadership,
“I truly believe that Servant Leadership has never been more applicable to the world of leadership than it is today. Not only are people looking for a deeper purpose and meaning when they must meet the challenges of today's changing world; they are also looking for principles and philosophies that actually work. Servant Leadership works. Servant Leadership is about getting people to a higher level by leading people at a higher level.”