It’s not just a rank or an earning ability. When a Karatbars Independent Affiliate gets to the rank of Director, it’s a huge responsibility and opportunity. It’s a privilege for which I am very grateful.

No matter how many people there are in your Karatbars organization, that number swells to include their spouses, children, extended families, pets, and even the local businesses where they all spend their Karatbars income. The ripple effect of our actions and choices, whether good or bad, as Directors is far reaching, to put it mildly.

Many people depend on their Karatbars income to survive. Having enough money or not having enough money has an effect on their relationships, including marriages, parenting, the relationships their children have at school, their self esteem, academic accomplishments. And even if it’s not a survival issue, your Team’s success or failure definitely impacts their self confidence and self image in other areas of their lives.

The choices we make as Directors are pervasive. As Leaders, we need to think long and hard about how we run our businesses and how we treat our people. Every one of them, whether on your strong or your weak leg, and regardless of their status or rank or production levels, is equally important. Regardless of the silly mistakes they make or the results they achieve, remember this: money is temporary, but relationships last a long time, and our relationships with ourselves and our Team is a serious responsibility and not to be taken lightly. Many of our people are vulnerable and we are seldom aware of just what fragile flowers many of them are.

Are we available? Is it easy to contact us? How soon and how do we respond to their questions? We’re not responsible for people who are not in our organizations, but we show be reachable by those who are. While we don’t need to allow ourselves to be taken advantage of, remember this: your Team Member contacting you is just as important as any other Team Member, and he or she is entitled to our respect, time, attention, and help. Not returning calls, letting people down, or making people wait a long time before getting back to them, unless it is a genuine mistake or oversight, and we are all guilty of those, is unforgivable. Unforgivable.

I am very grateful to God for the opportunity to be of service to my Team, and while I am far from a perfect leader or Director, rest assured I am extremely conscientious and appreciative of every, single one of them. Each one is a “Business Child” of mine.

Robin Elliott LeverageAdvantage.com