Life Leadership: Chump change or real money? [Review]

lifeleadershipLeadership training should position you for the best opportunities in life…

But there are always exceptions.

Like the five-figure debt a bachelor’s degree can give you—without making it easier to get a great job—some opportunities look better on paper than they do in real life.

This may be one of those “opportunities.”

Life Leadership is a network marketing company that offers training and mentoring on how to be personally, professionally, and financially successful.

Sounds pretty similar to the likes of World Ventures, but this company has done a few things different.


1. What does Life Leadership sell? Life Leadership offers products in three categories—financial, professional, and personal development—each designed to help you improve your personal lifestyle. Their materials include audios, videos, and books, as well as interactive training to help people track their expenses, save money on spending, protect their identity, and more.

2. What are Life Leadership’s most popular products? Their most popular product is Financial Fitness, which is designed to help people struggling with debt and credit problems achieve debt freedom.

3. How much does it cost to join Life Leadership? To join, you’ll need to buy a business starter kit for $99.99.

4. Is Life Leadership a scam? No, Life Leadership is a legitimate company. Their training systems have been recognized by business owners, educators, authors, military leaders, and elected government officials. The creators of their training have been named on the Top 50 Leadership and Management Experts list and featured in Networking Times, Success, and Success from Home magazines. The products themselves have also won multiple awards, including Gold ADDY Awards for Design, Living Now Book Awards, eLit Awards, Illumination Book Awards, Axiom Business Book Awards, and Reader’s Legacy Choice Awards. So sure, the business is legit. The real question is whether you’ll make any money at it, and the likelihood for that is pretty low. Keep reading to learn more.

5. What is Life Leadership’s BBB rating? A+

6. How long has Life Leadership been in business? Since 2001

7. What is Life Leadership’s revenue? $9 million as of 2015

8. How many Life Leadership distributors are there? We weren’t able to find any numbers online.

9. What lawsuits have been filed? From 2007 to 2010, Life Leadership (then known as TEAM) fought Quixtar (aka Amway) and lost all three cases. Why? Life Leadership’s founders were formerly top-level Amway distributors and wanted to be released from their no complete clauses. Amway wasn’t having it, and it wasn’t pretty. [1, 2] In 2015, Mark and Raquel Peters sued Life Leadership founders for misrepresenting the business opportunity and stripping them of their income. [3]

10. Comparable companies: ClickFunnels, Usborne Books

Product-wise, this company seems alright. But as far as an income opportunity goes, there are certainly better options out there.

Click here for my #1 recommendation

Either way, here’s the full review on Life Leadership.


Life Leadership was founded in November 2011 by seven entrepreneurs: Orrin Woodward, Chris Brady, Claude Hamilton, George Guzzardo, Bill Lewis, Dan Hawkins, and Tim Marks.

Life Leadership was started with the following mission:

“…to help people live The Life They’ve Always Wanted by providing world-class, life-changing products and services to our customers and an industry-leading compensation plan to our sales force in the field.”

Pretty vague. Can you tell what they’re selling yet? Probably not.

According to the website, the founders include:

  • A New York Times bestselling author
  • A Guinness World Record holder for largest book signing
  • Two of Inc. Magazine’s Top 50 Leadership and Management Experts
  • Modern Servant Leader’s Top Leadership Experts
  • Magazine’s Top 100 Speakers
  • Top 20 Most Followed Leadership Influencers on Twitter
  • HR’s Top 100 Blogs for Management and Leadership

Most of the accomplishments listed above seem to come from Orrin Woodward, an author and blogger on everything from leadership and management to financial health and the media. He’s pretty accomplished and seems to be leading the pack.

Woodward got his start with Amway back in the early 90s. He was so successful, he started selling leadership and motivational tools to other distributors at the company. Of course, Amway wasn’t crazy about that, even though (according to Woodward) his tools helped Amway generate an extra $200 million in sales one year.

Either way, he left in 2007 to start his own full-fledged leadership and motivational company called Team. An article in Forbes back in 2008 calls the company “a pyramid on top of a pyramid.” [4]

Eventually, they were hit with a lawsuit from Amway in 2010 that was settled confidentially. In 2011, Life Leadership was born (aka Team was renamed).

How much does Life Leadership cost?

The Business Starter Kit costs $99. In order to stay active, a Member must also purchase a monthly subscription to one of the company’s products.


Life Leadership sells educational products that come in the form of audio CDs, videos, and books. The company also holds over 7,500 live events every year in various locations around the world.

The products are based on the teachings of both Woodward and Brady, and they’re not without their fair share of awards. Aside from the NY Times Bestseller list, they’ve also won a Gold ADDY Award for Design, eLit Awards, Living Now Book Awards, Illumination Book Awards, and Reader’s Legacy Choice Awards.

Life Leadership sells leadership and motivational programs and tools in the following three categories:

  • Financial Development
  • Professional Development
  • Personal Development

Financial Fitness

These are their financial development products. Subscription products range from $11-$22 per month, and includes financial tracking and savings tips as well as tools for building good wealth habits. Master classes charge a one-time fee ranging from $109-$246.99, and they teach students the basics of financial fitness and personal finance.

Corporate Education

These are professional development tools based on the bestselling book Launching a Leadership Revolution by Orrin Woodward and Chris Brady. Subscriptions cost $64.95 for 6 months and include 1 book and 4 audios each month.

Personal Development

Their personal development products come in the form of monthly subscriptions ranging from $11/month to $82.50/month. They teach things like personal growth, the principles of success, the principles of freedom, and spiritual growth (for Christians). They even have personal development products geared toward teens and pre-teens.

Compensation Plan

Life Leadership’s compensation plan offers 19 and ½ ways to make money, which is really just a gimmick. A compensation plan never needs more than 4 or 5, maybe 6 or 7 different ways to make money – after that the plan is just needlessly complicated, probably to distract people from the fact that they’re still not making any money. [2]

If I went into detail on all 16.5 ways to make money with Life Leadership, you’d probably die of boredom before getting to the end. So, I’ll just list out all 19 (and a half) and then discuss the most important.

  1. Retail Sales Commission
  2. Customer Pool Bonus
  3. Cumulative Customer Bonus
  4. Personal Volume Bonus Chart Commissions
  5. Customer Bonus Chart Commissions
  6. Differential Bonus Chart Commissions
  7. Product Scholarship Program
  8. Scholarship Development Bonus
  9. Fun in the Sun Cruise
  10. Balanced Business Bonus
  11. Annual Cash Awards
  12. Leader Bonus

13-16. Various Depth Bonuses

½. The “3 for FREE” Customer Referral Program

Retail Sales Commission is 15% on all personal sales – not very high compared to other popular MLMs like Scentsy, Beachbody, and LegalShield.

The “3 for FREE” program means that if you get three customers subscribing to products that cost as much as or more than your subscription in a month, you get that month for free.

The Customer Pool Bonus is a bonus paid out based on a Member’s total Registered Customer sales in a month, as long as they hit at least 600 PV. This bonus starts at $50.

The Cumulative Customer Bonus is a similar bonus based on Registered Customer sales, but it’s an annual bonus based on a distributor’s sales in an entire calendar year. The bonus ranged from $500 for 5,000 PV in annual sales to $40,000 for 200,000 PV in annual sales. Of course, you have to stick around for a year to get this bonus, and most don’t.

The Differential Bonus Chart Commission is money you make based on the total volume sold by your downline. Exact numbers are not specified.

The Scholarship bonuses (7 & 8) are monthly bonuses ranging from $60-$500 that depend on the size and performance of your team.

The Depth Bonuses (13-16) are rank bonuses that reward distributors for moving up in rank and also reward them for having team members who move up in rank.


The compensation plan might all sound pretty confusing, and it’s supposed to. But if you look past all the gimmicks and jargon, to the income disclosure statement at the bottom of the compensation plan, it’s pretty clear how much money you can make.

The majority of Life Leadership distributors, about 65%, are making $.07-$82.29 per month. That’s right – 7 cents. Even the high end here is barely making enough to pay off their subscription.

Look, I’ve been involved with network marketing for over ten years so I know what to look for when you consider a new opportunity.

After reviewing 200+ business opportunities and systems out there, here is the one I would recommend:

Click here for my #1 recommendation

Meet the Author


JP teaches network marketers how to build a real business. Far from a hater, he still LOLs at 3-way calls and building "downlines". If you like Monday morning conversations with your kids by the pool, you might like this.

1 comment… add one
  • Heavin Jun 21, 2018, 8:33 am

    Yeah k joined life. Convinced from a good freind who he is still convinced. Lol. I’m in sales have been a long time. And we sold the green box program and got to be top 50. Out of the whole company. Top 50. I was only in it for 5 months. And I was 3rd of the whole nationwide company. For half the month. Than I slowed down. I ended March in 39 or 49place. Out of the whole company. People been there years or at least many months to a couple years and never got past the 500 to 700s place. I got $283.00 Dollars from being in the top placement. Than the role over of the month. Boom have to start over and build out team again just to get to where I was already. Hell to the no. They have it set up to make sure if and when u get a little bit of success. They get rich off it. So if u got rich. How rich did they get from that. Lol. How others don’t see this. It still amazingly funny. I hit top notch in the company cause I’m great in all I do. Especially sales. They say in the meetings and seminars that they give the sales people ,us. The majority of the money. I laugh at that. If they give out that much like
    93 % something like that. How do they have 300 products like shirts. , Cups , stickers, back packs. , Mugs , u name it they sell it at the seminars or majors. If y’all are giving all that money back to the earners how do y’all have so much merchandise to sell. I mean they had pizza cutters for 25$. Come on. Pizza cutters. Lol. Shirts for no less than 20 to 90. $. Wtf. Are u joking. Lol I know I was there and I see the game cause I play the game. I play to win. As well but not Hussle those who are blind and con my way to the top. Thats probably why I’m still at the bottom. But at least I am humble with integrity

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