Shows up late, if at all, to set up the tables and chairs for a training session not held at their house.
Disappears when it’s time to clean up.
Falsely insinuates or outright fakes receiving an award, higher rank, or close friendship with a company icon.
Charming, overly confident, and sucks up all the oxygen in the room.
As leaders of our teams, we should be ever-watchful for these behaviors.
Is anyone coming to mind?
Touts for a large expenditure of money or time, claims “I’m a big supporter,” but never contributes the funds nor more-than-minimal effort.
Dominates the speaking time when teamed with another person or during panel discussions. Other speakers have to interject, “Can I add something here?” just to get their own opinion briefly heard.
Only praises the people who are quickly rank-advancing.
These are warning signs.
Is your organization being hijacked by someone like this?
Not a respectful listener.
Somehow, in every conversation or presentation, they and their situation become the center of attention.
Only willing to learn from people of higher rank. Not open to wisdom nor insights from people holding lower ranks, even when they are instructors at a company event… instead, you will see this person chatting in the back of the room or their face is bathed in the bright bluish light of their smartphone’s social media apps.
These behaviors diminish morale.
Do you see these destructive so-called “leaders” in your organization?
Makes an “appearance” at events when the top field leaders or corporate officers come to town, but can’t be bothered to attend the local ongoing presentations and trainings.
Rarely verbally supports another person’s idea with “Great idea, Kerry!”
Takes an idea overheard in a conversation and presents it to the group as their own.
Makes comparisons of speed or rank to their guests in ways that are meant to be slyly insulting… typically right in front of your face, so you look unprofessional if you lose your composure or contradict them.
I have seen each of these behaviors throughout my nearly 20 years in the network marketing profession. All of those observations have fostered a sharpened “jerk radar” in my brain.
I can name a specific person for each example, but I will hold my silence. Through their actions they taught me “how not to be a leader.” And nowadays it’s easy for me to spot the “bad apples”… and quickly identify the leaders worth following.
Please know the distributors who act in the described fashion may have good intentions, but their actions are poisonous to creating a supportive and encouraging environment.
Be willing to peel past the shiny skin-deep facade of even the highest-advanced distributors in your company. A few human-nature blemishes are fine, but a rotten core will chase people out of your team.
In the end, don’t be “That Guy” or “That Woman.”
–LYnn Selwa, “The Rocket Science Coach” ™
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