My Thoughts on You Don't Need a Title to Be a Leader by Mark Sanborn

You Don't Need a Title to Be a Leader is the first e-book that I have read on my smartphone.  For those who do not have a Kindle but would like to get good books that are either free or at a discount, then go here to download a program for your PC, Mac, smartphone, iPhone or iPad.  I really enjoy the e-book technology and reading while waiting in line or stuck somewhere where your attention isn't constantly needed sure beats sitting there doing nothing.



You Don't Need a Title to Be a Leader is 128 pages of practical wisdom from someone who knows how to be a leader.  Despite its title, it is helpful for anyone who desires to be a better leader.  I think it is well worth your time to check this book out.

Part I seeks to define the qualities that make a leader.  The points are illustrated by the examples of real people who despite not having titles made a difference where they were.  "I'm convinced at the heart of every successful organization is a title-less person," asserts Sanborn.  Smart companies make sure that people are given the ability to lead rather than allow the company to suffer at something that is missed on the ground level.  Each organization needs people who want to make things better.  Sanborn provides examples and insights as to how to make that happen whether you are the business owner, a supervisor or manager or one of the many employees.

Part II outlines six principles of leadership.  Some deal with self-discipline and others with influence over those around you. The importance of being mentored and mentoring are addressed. Performance is dealt with from the aspects of execution and giving of oneself and one's treasures.

Part III is about making a positive difference. Everyone makes a difference but each of us should strive to make a positive one. It entails the determination to leave a legacy as a leader, working at mastering leadership and remembering that one's impact on others is crucial to leadership. Examples of people making a difference in the lives of others and shining brightly despite hardships are given. 

You won't find anything earth-shattering in this book.  However, that may be what makes it worth your while. His advice to you is achievable, it is within reach, it doesn't take a degree, a high IQ or incredible talents to implement.  This may very well be the book you've been looking for and its size and format make reviewing the principles over and over again very easy.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review

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