Bob Reina: What it Takes to Be an Effective Leader

As a leader, your footprints are the ones that your team will follow
Bob Reina talks about leadership success
Bob Reina: What it takes to be an effective leader

Bob Reina says that a person cannot call himself a leader if his main goal is not to help others reach their goals, and this applies to everyone in every facet of an organization. This means that a leader needs to be involved in every segment of a business, including increasing revenue, ensuring safety and helping people reach their goals.

It is surprising how much goes into becoming an effective leader. You are in charge of ensuring that you and the people on your team do not fail. I spent several years as a police officer, a network marketer and a CEO, and I have learned many useful lessons from all three of these experiences. I will share those lessons with you now.

Lead by Showing

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As a leader, your footprints are the ones that your team will follow. While you are embarking on your personal journey, remember that members of your team will turn to you whenever they need advice. They will choose their actions based on the actions that they have observed from you. Therefore, your words are not nearly as important as your actions. Your actions will determine how well your team progresses.

If your goal is to lead a team that is constructive, cooperative and devoted to the goals you want to accomplish, then you must show them that you are willing to do the following:

  • Work hard
  • Be sincere
  • Maintain a positive perspective
  • Be on time
  • Pay attention to all viewpoints
  • Solve problems effectively
  • Be helpful
  • Be constantly committed
  • Be professional
  • Represent your brand confidently and positively

Also, remember that you can’t always know when someone is watching what you are doing.

Know Exactly What to Expect

In order for your team to succeed, you have to speak clearly and succinctly about what you expect from them. Also, make sure that everyone is going in the same direction. If there is anybody who isn’t sure of what is going on, errors are very likely to occur.

An effective leader knows that if everyone on a team cannot co-exist with each other, then you cannot have order in the room. That’s why good leaders ensure that the processes of communication are open so that they can inform everyone of what is important for the day. For example, these leaders clearly express what the team needs to do each given day. They also state the goals that they hope will be accomplished and each person’s individual role. Then, they explain how they will complete the project.

The above formula will make it possible for your team to complete its projects in a timely manner if it doesn’t have a lot of extraneous issues to contend with throughout the day. When teams can work faster, this increases their productivity, and their morale will naturally be higher. Open and honest communication is the best way to create a mutually positive situation.

Examine what you are doing right now. If you aren’t holding meetings every so often to clarify what your goals are, ensure that everyone understands what your mission is and point out your important tools, instruments and agenda, then it is time to start doing so.

Recognize Contributions and Accomplishments

Everyone around you needs to hear what you think of their work if they are going to move forward. You must be the one who coaches them at the same time that you play ball with them and lead cheers for them. Your duty is to be their teacher and offer them reassurance. Therefore, if someone goes above and beyond the call of duty and improves, you must recognize that. Positive reinforcement encourages people to keep going in the same positive direction. When other people witness this recognition, they will be motivated to do something to earn the same treatment from you.

Encourage Leadership in Others

As a network marketer, I have witnessed how other leaders have failed because they refused to delegate responsibility to others, and they didn’t help other people step into leadership roles either.

You may be intelligent and committed to your success, but there are times when you need to ask for someone’s help. You will stop your entire team in its tracks if you can’t finish everything that you have to complete by yourself. The alternative is to cultivate new leaders so that you have help making the decisions and completing daily tasks. Make sure that your organization continues to grow by picking out your most promising associates and training them to be your company’s future leaders.

You can’t do this if you aren’t willing to spend time with your people, and it won’t happen if people don’t feel comfortable approaching you. Invite them to lunch so that you can take your organization in a new direction and share your ideas on what you would like to see happen in your company in the future. You can also acknowledge any attempts they make to assume leadership roles or educate and inspire them with personal messages.

The strength of a team must not be solely determined by the vitality of the person at the top of the ladder. Everyone must be contributing something valuable that collectively leads to victory for the group.

Bob Reina had an industrious career before he became the CEO and founder of Talk Fusion. He became a police officer after he graduated first in his class from the police academy. While he was still with the police force, Reina learned that there was such a thing as network marketing, and he jumped into it in his spare time. After a while, it wasn’t enough for Reina to only devote half of his time to his network marketing venture, so he quit his job with the police force even though family and friends told him that he was out of his mind.

Reina was looking at a house in North Carolina that was too far away from his family and friends to visit, so he thought that he could send them a video through his email account. He was hoping to get their opinions on the domicile, but AOL informed him that what he wanted to do was impossible. Reina saw this as a challenge, so he put a group of people together who could make it possible to put a video within an email message, and that is how Talk Fusion was born.