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Home-Based Business Leadership Skills

Home-Based-Business Leadership Skills

By Mark Shaner

Home-based-business leaders make decisions quickly and change their minds slowly.

This has been my experience throughout my entire thirty-two years of managing my own businesses. Let's face it, there is an element of leadership needed in any home-based-business, and especially in income opportunity programs, as an individual must overall, stand "head and shoulders" above the crowd in their efforts in order to overcome the competition and generate maximum revenue.

This doesn't mean, however, that leadership is something that someone must be "born with". Quite the contrary. I have found that many great business leaders are made, not born. They take the lessons that life brings to them, incorporate it into their overall thinking and approach to life, and eventually become leaders in their business endeavors. Many great business leaders are simply ordinary people who have discovered how to be extraordinary!

So, how exactly does one become a leader and see more success in any home-based-business? While there are really no hard and fast rules, some guidelines can be established:

1. Practice! Honestly, this is a more worthwhile technique than others assume. Practicing making decisions quickly while still weighing all facts will soon become a habit if done on a continuous basis. It can start with simple things, like purchasing needed home-based-business supplies or even joining an income opportunity program and then move up to the larger decisions, such as hiring employees, and then delegating chores to these employees!

2. Employ the Power of Positive Thinking. That's right, much of what we say to "ourselves" in our own thoughts, does indeed turn into a reality! If you constantly catch yourself engaging in negative thought processes, negativity will surround you. If, on the other hand, you engage primarily in positive thought processes, positive outcomes will follow. Always be a "can do" not a "can't do" in the recesses of your mind.

3. Find a Mentor. This is perhaps the best method of developing home-based-business leadership skills. A good mentor will speed up the process and point out any shortcomings that an individual may have. A good mentor doesn't even have to be a flesh and blood person. Mentoring can successfully be accomplished through self-help manuals and other self-help mediums such as courses, CDs and videos. These types of materials abound in libraries and online, so avail yourself of them whenever possible. Some income opportunity programs also provide older members and support materials that help coach and consult the newer members, and this is a priceless offering.

4. Observe Others. This is a simple technique that can reap huge rewards. Find a home-based-business leader you admire/respect and observe their actions if you can. Pay close attention to how they present themselves, their mannerisms, and their overall interplay with others.

5. Overcome Shyness. Many times, being shy in certain areas of our lives holds us back. It prevents us from taking the risks we must to succeed. It's easier said than done, though, to simply decide we will stop being shy, and takes a determined effort to overcome any shyness. Small steps here, which take us outside our own comfort level work better than trying to will ourselves to do it all at once. An example: If you are terrified of public speaking, try speaking to a small group of friends and relatives first, before moving on to huge presentations in front of a large group of strangers. The same with phone shyness or other types of shyness. Start "within" your comfort level and slowly move outside it. Also, set up scenarios within your mind, of different situations that cause shyness, and work through these mentally first, keeping in mind how you will adapt to each situation as it happens.

6. Enlist Others as Backup. No man (or woman) is an island and no one can exist in a void. Having the input of others we admire and respect, whether it's family, friends, or other business people will make our decisions all the more balanced and lead us to the point where we have the greatest faith in our own decisions.

Well, there you have it, what I consider the six prerequisites to home-based-business leadership success. I practice all of these myself and have done so for decades, and encourage anyone reading this to try these as well. They have led to my success in my own income opportunity program and my own businesses and will undoubtedly propel others on the road to success!

About the author:
Mark Shaner is a successful businessman who owns He offers advice to home business owners after attaining 35 years of experience. He may be contacted at His website can be found at

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