5 Ways to Lead Like Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela is a leader we can learn from in network marketing Nelson Mandela’s fame rests on his role as a revolutionary leader who spent nearly seven decades of his life in the struggle against white minority rule and for a free and democratic non-racial society.

He was a beacon of hope, and like Gandhi before him, a shining example of what a leader can and should be. He was, above all, a man who was stubborn in his resolve to fight all forms of discrimination, injustice and inequality.  He is sorely missed, but as has been said, “When you live on the hearts of those you love, you will never die.”

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The world is in dire need of great leaders, ones who inspire people not through words but by serving them. Here is a list of five vital character traits that Mandela displayed and how these can help boost network marketing superstars to stardom.

1. Courage is not the absence of fear — it’s inspiring others to move beyond it

Nelson Mandela was often afraid during his time underground, during the Rivonia trial that led to his imprisonment and during his time on Robben Island. “I can’t pretend that I’m brave and that I can beat the whole world.” But as a leader, you cannot let people know. “You must put up a front.” And that’s precisely what he learned to do. Pretend and, through the act of appearing fearless, inspire others.

Tip: Leaders are full of self-belief and confidence. They inspire confidence in their organisation and people they work for. Every action they perform must be an act of bravery with full confidence.

2. Lead from the front — but don’t leave your base behind

During his time in prison, Nelson Mandela launched negotiations with the Apartheid Government. Many in the ANC thought he was crazy for negotiating with the enemy. His reputation was on the line but he went to each of his comrades in prison and explained what he was doing. Slowly and deliberately, he brought them along. For Mandela, refusing to negotiate was about tactics, not principles. Throughout his life, he has always made that distinction; almost anything that helped him get to that goal is regarded as a tactic. He was the most pragmatic of idealists.

Tip: Leaders practice the art of negotiation and persuasion without compromising the basic principles of vision, passion, commitment and integrity.

3. Lead from the back — and let others believe they are in front

As a boy, Mandela was greatly influenced by Jongintaba, the Tribal King who raised him. When Jongintaba had meetings in his court, the men gathered in a circle and only after all had spoken did the King begin to speak. The chief’s job, Mandela said, was not to tell people what to do but to form a consensus. “Don’t enter the debate too early,” he used to say. The trick of leadership is allowing yourself to be led too. “It is wise,” he said, “to persuade people to do things and make them think it was their own idea.”

Tip: A good leader is a good follower. An effective leader is one who is mentored and is share his own learnings by mentoring others. One is never too successful to be mentored.

4. Know your enemy — and learn about his favorite sport

As far back as the 1960s’, Mandela began studying Afrikaans, the language of the White South Africans who created Apartheid. His comrades in the ANC teased him about it, but he wanted to understand the Afrikaner’s worldview; He knew that one day he would be negotiating with them, and either way, his destiny was tied to theirs… He even brushed up on his knowledge of rugby, the Afrikaners’ beloved sport, so he would be able to compare notes on teams and players… Mandela understood that the Blacks and Afrikaners had something fundamental in common. Afrikaners believed themselves to be Africans as deeply as Blacks. He knew, too, that Afrikaners had been the victims of prejudice themselves as the British Government and white English settlers looked down upon them. Afrikaners suffered a sense cultural inferiority almost and as much as Blacks did.

Network Marketing Tip: Know your product by heart, brush up on your language skills and show your sincerity by getting to know people genuinely.

5. Keep your friends close — and your rivals even closer

Mandela was a man of invincible charm and he often used that charm to greater effect on his rivals than on his allies. On Robben Island, Mandela would always embrace his Brain Trust Men, whom he neither liked nor relied on. Mandela believed that accepting his rivals was a way of controlling them. They were more dangerous on their own than within his circle of influence. He cherished loyalty, but he was never obsessed by it.

Network Marketing Tip: Competition is only to be feared if not understood. If understood, competition is not only healthy, but it can also be very prosperous. A leader’s view on competition will not only reveal a lot about their beliefs on current and future market trends, but also on innovation, branding, talent management, supply chain issues, stakeholder management, capital markets and customer relationships.

What we can learn from Nelson Mandela is that you don’t need to liberate a country, be president and win the Nobel Peace Prize to be a great leader. Try channeling a little bit of Mandela into your life and let these traits guide you.

Good Times at QNET in UAE

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QNET hosted an Iftar dinner in its regional hub, UAE at The Palace Downtown Dubai hotel for clients and industry partners last week to celebrate the Holy Month of Ramadan.

Guests were warmly welcomed by Regional General Manager Khaled Diab who thanked those that have contributed a lot to the growth and success of the direct selling business in the region.

“It is with pleasure to break the fast with all of you here tonight,” announced Khaled.

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SLIDES: HomePure Eaze Essentials

HomePure Eaze is a great little water filter that uses Ultrafiltration to produce great tasting, clean and healthy drinking water day after day.

But the best features of HomePure Eaze are it’s slick design so it looks great on your countertop for easy access and it’s easy push-button operation so there is no wrestling with a hose or nozzle.

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Check out these slides for all the essential elements of HomePure Eaze.

INFOGRAPHIC: How to Use Visage+ Chromotherapy

This helpful infographic explains how to use chromotherapy technology using the Physio Radiance Visage+ to specially treat your skin type.

Chromotherapy is a revolutionary light treatment for your skin. Red light rejuvenates skin by stimulating collagen production and lifts skin to make it firmer and diminish fine lines. Blue light is used for acne treatment, and yellow light is used on sensitive skin.

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3 Things You Need to Know About HomePure

Find HomePure water filters under Homce Care in the QNET eStore

HomePure water filters from QNET are, hands down, the best water filters in the market. Why? Because unlike other water treatment methods that suck vitamins, minerals and ions out of water, HomePure’s ultrafiltration (UF) filter at the core of its Filter Cartridges remove all bacteria and contaminants but, critically, allow nourishing minerals to pass through.

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To enjoy your HomePure water filter for a long time, you should know how to properly care for it. Here are three important things to memorise about your HomePure 7-Stage or HomePure Eaze.

1. Stick to the manual

Read and understand the instructions. This is the only way you will know how to assemble and install your unit correctly, how to care for it and what to do in case you experience problems.

2. Keep it cool

Both HomePure 7-Stage and HomePure Eaze systems should only be used with unheated tap water (4°C to 35°C). Hot water destroys the activated carbon filter media and when that happens, the water will no longer taste as good and so, you will need to change the filter cartridge.

3. Play it safe

Use only metropolitan tap water. That is, water which is treated by your local water authority. A HomePure filter is not designed to sanitise water from potentially hazardous sources such as rivers, ponds and wells. All domestic water filtration systems in the world are intended to be connected to treated water supplies, e.g. municipal water.

If you adhere to these three important pointers, you can be assured that your QNET HomePure unit is kept in good shape and the water you drink from it is life-sustaining and healthy.

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