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MLM Training - The Fall Of A Leader

I was looking through some old post today and found an article by my mentor Michael Dlouhy.

I read it again and decided this is something I must share with you.

This is a great article with a powerful message that you must read.

Michael says:

When a great leader falls because of a lack of integrity, it is

very painful for all involved. Tearing another person down to

build yourself up, only leads to a false impression of yourself.


When someone is tearing others down in front of You this is

a guarantee they will do the same to You behind Your back.

Ultimately you will crash and burn from your lack of character.


The question is:


Would You Want This Person As Your Sponsor ?


Life can give us challenges in many areas of our life. How we

handle those challenges ourselves and who helps us, can

determine our success or failure. Loyalty to do the right thing

enters into all decisions. Friendships built on loyalty and trust

are like support beams for a foundation.

A foundation is the beginning. This applies to your marriage,

your friendships, your home and your business. If you build

them correctly, they will sustain you your lifetime. If you

build carelessly everything will crumble around you.


Leaders are built. Day by day, Lesson by lesson. When a

leader chooses to fall, they sacrifice their integrity, their

honor and their character.


If after knowing the facts and fully utilizing their "critical

thinking skills" when someone decides to leave Your Team

please wish them all the best.


Excerpt from "Launching a Leadership Revolution"

Foundational Leadership Quality: Honorable


Integrity can be considered as the condition of "not doing

what's wrong." Character can be defined as doing the right

things, for the mere reason that it is the right thing, even if

that thing is difficult and unpopular.

The two sewn together make honor. 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."


Honor is such a rarely used word in our times that it seems

a little old-fashioned. But living a life of integrity and character

is timeless and, for a leader, absolutely necessary. It's about

choices, and a person's choices in life follow him to the grave.


Is this to say that a person needs to be perfect to become a

leader? Of course not. Perfection in this life is not possible,

and we, the authors, are certainly not exceptions. However,

a leader must strive continually toward perfection even though

she knows she can never exactly attain it.

It is a question of the heart. The most effective leaders through

out history have led with their hearts, in trust, and with honor.

If a leader cuts corners, misuses people, or misrepresents, the

truth, a time bomb begins ticking. Someday, somewhere, the

bomb will go off. It is obvious in our times only too often: public

figures at the pinnacles of power and fame crash and burn in

the cloud of self-inflicted shame. From political scandals to

high-profile corporate frauds, these calamities are brought

on by a lack of honor in the leadership.


"Human happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected."


The difference between leaders we revile and those we praise

is their individual level of honor. In fact, honor is the force that

holds a leader's hunger in check.


Without honor, hunger runs rampant and ultimately serves

only selfish interests. Honor is the component that makes

hunger productive for the leader's fellow man. In fact, what

we are basically describing here is another "old-fashioned"

word: duty.

George Washington said of duty, "Human happiness and

moral duty are inseparably connected." So leadership is

spawned by hunger and held in check by honor.


Under that combination, leaders will find happiness in the

fulfillment of their duty to others. It has been said that the

character of a man is the only thing that will walk back

from the grave into the hearts of the people who knew him.


That is the legacy of a leader. The words a leader say and

the walk a leader walks must match. As the saying goes,

"Your word is your worth and your worth is your word."


Andy Stanley, author of The Next Generation Leader, says,

"To become a leader worth following you must give time and

attention to the inner man.


To leave a legacy that goes beyond accomplishment alone,

a leader must devote himself to matters of the heart."

Character is developed in the valleys and the peaks of life,

enabling a person to overcome obstacles and deal with


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.


If reputation is what others think of you, then character is

what God knows about you. This concept of honor is so

important to a leader because 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. According

to R. Ruth Barton, "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.


" Warren Bennis tells us, "In the leadership arena,

character counts. I am not saying this casually, of studies,

observations, and interviews with leaders and with the

people near them.... I've never seen a person derailed

from [leadership] positions for lack of technical competence.

But I've seen lots of people derailed for lack of judgment

and character." And, as Heraclitus said, "Man's character

is his fate." Finally, it should be remembered that a major

component of honor is personal courage.


Without the courage to do what's right because it's right,

regardless of ramifications to self, one is not truly worthy

to be called a leader.


End of article.


When people don't "Believe" they deserve Success they

will self destruct every time.... This is the reason I tell

everyone I meet to "Participate" in a 30 Day Mental

Cleanse if You want to own Your life.


p.s. Sign up for my FREE MLM Training at the link below and I will be happy to send you a

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Terri Pattio

MLM Coach

Mentor with a servant's heart

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  • Terri, this blog points out the importance of integrity - in our personal and professional lives.  Having worked with a few people who found it fun to bash others, I work hard to always maintain high moral standards.  I'll share this post or more to see.

  • Hi Terri, very good PR, thanks for sharing, this is very true and giving respect to others will also gain trust in a business and other things. have a wonderful  bless week 

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    Thanks Bob for your comment today.

  • Excellent article, Terri...the American paradigm has shifted to what you have materially as opposed to who you are as a person in terms of character ...a very sad state of affairs, but articles like this offer hope and even possible a personal realignment of values to anyone who is ready to reclaim their authentic self from the unauthentic state of selfishness that they might have bought into previously...very well done, Terri...:)

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    Exactly Sandy and thank you for your input today. Thanks Merle for reading, commenting and sharing. May you both be blessed with continued success.

  • As long as I have been in business - whether Corporate or self employment or home business, I have told my associates that people notice and remember your honesty, integrity and ethics.  It doesn't matter what company you work for or what leader you represent, if you are uncomfortable with their ethics then run.  Don't destroy your reputation and your good name by association with a leader you don't trust. I will share this, Terri.

  • Excellent post Terri and great read.  Will share for you.

  • Thanks for sharing Terri!

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    Julie thank you for reading and commenting. I'm so glad that you are here in the Syndication Express community. Have a great day.

  • Excellent!  Thanks for sharing this Terri.  I'll do the same.

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