Honesty and Integrity – Pillars in Network Marketing

Building people, as we do in network marketing, is an environment where honesty and integrity have to be rated even higher than normal.

Author Jeff O’Leary, in The Centurion Principles, writes, " ‘Honor’ encompasses the virtues of integrity and honesty, self-denial, loyalty, and a servant’s humility to those in authority above as well as a just and merciful heart to those below."

Today “honour“ sounds a bit old-fashioned. But living a life of integrity and character is timeless and a MUST for a leader. It’s about choices, and a person’s choices determine their life.

This doesn’t say a leader needs to be perfect. Perfection in  life is not possible nobody is an exception. However, a leader must continually work toward perfection in spite of this.

The most effective leaders throughout history have led with their hearts, in trust, and with honour.
If a leader cuts corners, misuses people, or distorts the truth, a time bomb begins ticking to go off at some unknown time. In our times we see too often: Public figures at the height of power and fame crash and burn in the cloud of self-inflicted shame. From political scandals to high-profile corporate frauds – this is the result of a lack of honor in the leadership.

It is honour that holds a leader’s greed in check it prevents a leader from focusing on is own interest. It makes leaders productive. Another seemingly old-fashioned word, “duty”, is the result.

George Washington said of duty, "Human happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected."

Leaders with honesty and integrity will find happiness in the fulfillment of their duty to others. It is the character of a man which is being remembered.

A leader needs to act true to his word!

A leader must devote himself to matters of the heart if he wants to leave a legacy for the world. Character is developed in the valleys and the peaks of life and that’s why  such a person can overcome obstacles and deal with success.

Abraham Lincoln observed, "Nearly all men can handle adversity, but if you really want to test a man’s character – give him power." Character connects a person to what is right and true.

People will follow a leader only as far as they feel they can trust him.

People will not follow a leader they can’t trust. R. Ruth Barton states: "We set young leaders up for a fall if we encourage them to envision what they can do before they consider the kind of person they should be”.

People are not removed from [leadership] positions for lack of technical competence, but for lack of judgment and character" – as Heraclitus said: "Man’s character is his fate."

Last but not least it takes courage to be a leader with honesty and integrity as not all he does will be popular!

It is very obvious why personal development is a key factor in the free  training we offer. You need to believe in yourself and act with honesty and integrity to become a leader in network marketing.


To Your Success

Frieke Karlovits

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