Take Mental Notes On How To Lead

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We all have to start from somewhere. I know when I first started as an Entrepreneur I didn’t have a clue or even part of a clue. I remember as I was learning and building my business how some people treated me badly. I’ve been talked down to, dismissed, looked at with disgust, laughed at, talked bad about, you name it, it’s happened.

Some people that were supposed to be mentors or friends that promised to help me never did. Even those that said “you’re my friend, I will help you.” Those things hurt. Especially when you look up to someone who lets you down sometimes more than once. We are all human and likely to make mistakes and hurt people. I’m not perfect myself, we all get busy. However, we must remember to treat people with honor and respect.

Some of the people who have made it, often forget where they came from or that they were once struggling to figure it out. My prayer is that I never forget where I came from and help as many as I am physically able to. That might be from a inspirational talk, my training, a coaching program or just a post online.

As you come up through the ranks of growing your business, keep mental notes about those who support you and those who don’t. Kindness is the key. I work hard to keep these words from Mary Kay Ash in the forefront of my mind. “Everyone has an invisible sign hanging from their neck saying, ‘Make me feel important.’ Never forget this message when working with people”

I’m not perfect and don’t do it right 100% of the time but when someone treats me as less than, it often is a reminder of what not to do.

As a 23 year Air Force veteran who came up through the ranks in the military, I had good leaders and bad ones. I took mental notes about how I did and did not want to be when I “made it to the top” and that’s exactly the same thing I’m doing in my business.

Keep these things in mind and your success will always be fulfilling.

Eldonna Lewis Fernandez
Eldonna Lewis Fernandez

Veteran negotiation and contracts expert Eldonna Lewis-Fernandez, author of “Think Like a Negotiator,” has over 30 years of experience crafting killer deals both stateside and internationally, many in excess of $100 million. She’s currently the CEO of Dynamic Vision International — a specialized consulting and training firm that helps individuals hone negotiation skills — as well as a nationally regarded keynote speaker, session leader and panelist on the Art of Negotiation. Eldonna may be reached online at www.EldonnaLewisFernandez.com

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