I attended an event this week where George Kinder was speaking about his new book A Golden Civilisation. He was captivating and passionate about creating a beautiful future for our planet and all its inhabitants.
How often do you reflect as a Sales Leader?
Practically every one of my clients work at high speed...travelling fast on the surface of everything...thinking fast, acting fast, communicating fast. Fast, fast, fast.
One of the biggest barriers I come across in sales is the lack of self-belief.
It doesn't matter how much good stuff the person has achieved on the outside because if they feel negatively about themselves on the inside they will end up sabotaging themselves simply to prove themselves right.
Sales Leadership has evolved to be a very different function since I was promoted to Sales Manager in the 80's. Back then you could simply focus on the numbers and tell your team what you expected of them. You gave them training to bridge any gaps and they just went off and got on with it.
Often Sales Leaders mistake being a good role model for great sales leadership. Being a good role model simply educates your sales team how you do things that work. It gives them strategies to try out for themselves. It's an important part of your role...especially for new recruits. You already know that all sales people have their own personality traits and require different approaches to develop, inspire and motivate them to perform well.
Unless you make time for your own development, your Sales Leadership skills will at best plateau...at worst decline!
If every member of your team is a high performer then carry on doing exactly what you're doing because you have a winning recipe. If they are not...then you need to do something different to get a different result...and that starts with you.
Are you having the difficult conversations required that create and maintain a great sales team? It's easy to be a great sales leader when things are going well. It's much harder to turn a sales person or sales team around once the rot has set in.
What Sales Leader have you shown up as today?
It may seem like an odd question because you probably think you are the same every day. The thing is...that's really unlikely. Yes of course there are constants that you bring to work each day but there are differences too.