You Don't Need a Title to Be a Leader: How Anyone, Anywhere, Can Make a Positive Difference

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Bestselling author Mark Sanborn returns with an inspiring new message. We don’t have to have a title to be part of an organization’s official hierarchy, to be a leader. In fact, all of us can be leaders, anytime, simply by acting the way genuine leaders act. Mark Sanborn shows us the skills we can all apply. By looking out for the team, and focusing not just on individual achievement, we increase our own contribution, and help to shape the efforts of others.

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Overview

Bestselling author Mark Sanborn returns with an inspiring new message. We don’t have to have a title to be part of an organization’s official hierarchy, to be a leader. In fact, all of us can be leaders, anytime, simply by acting the way genuine leaders act. Mark Sanborn shows us the skills we can all apply. By looking out for the team, and focusing not just on individual achievement, we increase our own contribution, and help to shape the efforts of others.

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As Ken Blanchard once said, "The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority." And let's face it; titles can't confer real influence. Mark Sanborn's latest salvo is a back-to-basics exploration into the qualities that genuine leaders share. As in The Fred Factor, he communicates fundamental truths through memorable stories and anecdotes. You Don't Need a Title to Be a Leader shows that "top-down" mind-sets invariably miss the big picture of unsung heroes leading by example. Lessons that almost seem personally addressed to each reader.
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"Using his master skills in story-telling, Mark Sanborn enables us all to see that at the heart of it leadership is really about ordinary people achieving extraordinary things." 
-Lois P. Frankel, Ph.D., author of Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office

"This book has a quality I admire.  It is simple.  Not the kind of simple you find in a fortune cookie, but the elegant simplicity that can only be born from experience.  I love this little book and strongly recommend it for anyone who wants to be a leader in life."
-Stephen C. Lundin, Big Tuna Ph.D., Co-author of the FISH series

“Mark Sanborn has done it again! This time leadership is his focus and he has delivered a powerful little book that must be on every leader’s desk.”
-Pat Williams, author, speaker, and Vice President of the Orlando Magic

“Read this book if you want to lead a better life, lead an organization, or lead the way.”
-Jeffrey J. Fox, author of Secrets of Great Rainmakers

“Mark has hit a grand-slam with You Don't Need a Title to be a Leader. It will speak to you regardless of your age, profession or position. I am adding it to my “must read list” for my kids, teammates and clients.”
-Daniel Harkavy, Head Coach and CEO, Building Champions

“Mark Sanborn has done it again! This time leadership is his focus and he has delivered a powerful little book that must be on every leader’s desk.”
-Pat Williams, author, speaker, and Vice President of the Orlando Magic

"This book has it all... it's delivers real, usable leadership concepts in an entertaining and captivating way. Don't miss this opportunity… to take your leadership skills to a new, more effective level"
-Rob Mitchell, Chief Development Officer, American Cancer Society

“Everyone of us have the power to shape our lives and influence the lives of others. In this short, powerful book by Mark Sanborn, you’ll discover how.”
-John C. Maxwell, Author, Speaker and Founder INJOY Stewardship Services and EQUIP

“Mark Sanborn has done it again. Thoughtful principles, illustrated with terrific examples, of what great leaders do to be successful. Must read for people at any level within an organization who want to achieve their professional and personal potential.”
-Dave Pelliccioni, Group Vice President, Secretary, and Director, Toyota Motor Credit Corporation

“If you want to learn to lead — or lead better — read this book.”
-Marcus Buckingham, author of First, Break All the Rules and Now, Discover Your Strengths

This is an essential leadership development tool for any organization. Everyone has the ability to make a difference...to have an impact regardless of title. Mark's book powerfully motivates, inspires, and gives the right answers to the question "What am I going to do to make a positive difference?"  Truly outstanding!
 -Julie Marks Miller, Vice President of Training and Leadership Development, ADP, Inc.

"As a CEO, I'm always asking people in my company to show more leadership. I want each one of them to read this book, because Mark Sanborn perfectly articulates the message I want to convey."
-Keith Ferrazzi, author of Never Eat Alone and CEO of marketing and sales consultancy Ferrazzi Greenlight

“I love writers who make leadership an active principle!! Even the title, You Don’t Need a Title to be a Leader, tells us to take charge by our actions. Mark Sanborn lets you know that leading involves you DOING something. You gotta read this one.”
-Dave Ramsey, Three-time New York Times bestselling author

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739339602
  • Publisher: Books on Tape, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/19/2006
  • Format: MP3
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Ships to U.S.and APO/FPO addresses only.

Meet the Author

MARK SANBORN, an internationally acclaimed motivational speaker, is president of Sanborn Associates, Inc., an idea studio for leadership development. Having served as president of two national organizations, he regularly keynotes meetings in the United States and abroad. He lives in Denver, Colorado.
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THEY DIDN'T NEED A TITLE TO BE LEADERS
(AND NEITHER DO YOU)

ANDREA

A famous politician once said, "The longer the title, the less important the job." If that's true, then Andrea Stoller has a very important job indeed. Just ask anyone who has had contact with her at the school where she has worked for the past fifteen years.

Andrea is not a licensed teacher. In fact, Andrea Stoller has no real "title" at all. What does she do? Nearly everything. She wears dozens of hats, including that of accountant, nurse, receptionist, secretary, admissions coordinator, supply coordinator, and counselor. And although she doesn't have an official title, her favorite is the one that nearly 200 students give to her every year. They call her "Mom."

I'm convinced that at the heart of every successful organization is a title-less person or persons just like Andrea.

One day, Andrea received a phone call informing her that one of the students, coming home from soccer practice, had been in a fatal car accident. When the teenage girl had gotten out of her car, an older man driving another car accidentally hit her, killing her instantly. The tragedy was devastating for the girl's family and classmates, as well as for the young man she had been dating at the time, Simon.

After the accident, Simon sunk into a deep depression, avoiding people and falling behind in his schoolwork. It seemed as though he would become collateral damage in the tragedy. Andrea spotted the signs of his depression and attempted to befriend him. She offered to help him with his class work and tutor him, despite the fact that she didn't have a teacher's degree.

At graduation, everyone applauded when Simon walked to the dais to give the commencement address. In his speech, he specifically thanked Andrea for helping him to graduate. Today, the young man who nearly lost hope when he lost his high school sweetheart is a nationally recognized skateboarder. He regularly encourages other students, just as Andrea encouraged him.

Given Andrea's stature at the school, it's not surprising that many students choose to use one of their class electives to serve as office aides with her. Not only do they learn good office skills from her, but they know they will receive much-prized one-on-one time with her. She listens to them, advises them, and cares for them when they are sick or need help. In fact, she has such a kind, understanding heart that even parents have come to her with their own problems (divorce, issues with their kids, etc.).

One summer the local junior high burned down. As a result, the school where Andrea worked needed to create more space quickly to house extra students. The school decided to add several modular buildings to its campus.

With necessary last-minute construction and repairs to be done, Andrea and her husband worked late into the evening for weeks, staying until midnight at times, in order to be ready for the building inspectors so school could open on time.

Andrea even found a temporary location for those classes whose rooms were not yet approved by the time the school year started--the church she attends offered to let the school use their facility for several weeks. And, as a result of Andrea's "negotiations," the school paid very little to rent the facilities.

Andrea Stoller still doesn't have a title. But she leads and influences others in significant ways every day.

WHAT GOOD IS A TITLE?...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2010

    Great Start but fizzles later on.

    I think the first couple of chapters were a great introduction to the book, and involved me in the character's development, as well as giving the reader a good background of the author's reason to write this book. However, the following chapters take a long time to develop and I felt that even after I could figure out where he was going, it took several more dragged on pages to reach the same conclusion. The additional characters that appear as the book goes on, are not as compelling as the initial characters. Overall the message the book sends can help individuals find their inner-strength, I just felt it became a bit preachy and long winded.

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  • Posted February 6, 2010

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    Anyone can be a leader!

    This is one of the best leadership books I have found. I have bought multiple copies of this book for the leaders in my company. We are even creating a book club to discuss.

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  • Posted November 11, 2009

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    Seeing leadership another way...

    It was a nice refresher on what leadership is and how to strive to be and continue to be a good leader. Easy read and straightforward. Excellent book to choose for a book guide project.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2007

    Power with People

    This is not a management book. Do not read this book if you want to learn to manage. Read this book and read it again if you want to learn how to lead. The heart of this book in my view is Sanborn's contention that leadership is not power over people but power with people. Managers too often default to the 'because I'm the boss of you' rationale when dictating the actions they want their employees to take. That's power over people. Leaders, on the other hand, create a vision that inspires, rather than dictates, action. That's power with people. What I got from this short but powerful book is yes, learn to manage, that will make you competent but learn to lead, that will make you great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2007

    Platitudes and pet peeves

    This is one of the worst books I ever read, and the worst management book I ever read. There are anecdotes of Sanborn's pet peeves of bad service from sales employees who won't take initiative. Then there are anecdotes of people who gave up hope for getting paid to do what they were asked, and took on responsibility for no money and yet were able to find true happiness. This book contains every slavedriver empoyer's dream message. Anyone who has shut their door and worked quietly as Sanborn recommends knows that is only part of the job. If no one sees you do it, or likes you while you do it, you haven't done what you need to do to succeed at work. A better selection is 'Pitch Like a Girl' by Ronna Lichtenberg. Ronna's book explains different styles of work - for men and women - and gives concrete help for recognizing, understanding, and adapting to those styles and get results while working on teams with members with different styles.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2007

    Exceptional - A must read!

    I picked up the book today and read it in less than an hour. The book is wonderful and insightful. This books is truly inspirational and uplifting and for anyone thinking of running a corporation or just looking for a job, read this book, because you should be and want to become a leader in whatever career choice you choose or whatever talents you volunteer. By become LIONs and becoming the BEST version of ourselves, we move ourselves and those around us to do GREAT things.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2006

    Authentic Leadership is Born Out of Character

    Mark Sanborn has delivered a simple, transforming message that is applicable to all facets of life regardless of age, rank, title, or position. The principles of self-mastery, focus, power with people, persuasive communication, execution, and giving are not strategies to be selfishly employed but character traits that come from within. These principles are similar to things you would teach your kids. Sanborn tell us that true leadership is ¿an invitation to greatness that we extend to others.¿ He later shares that giving, service, and humility are the marks of genuine leadership. This book is not for those looking for a slick new way to win friends and influence others. Instead, Mark Sanborn paints a succinct picture of a leader who understands that life is not all about themselves and that authentic leadership is born out of character. Thank you, Mark, for another great work. This is a quick read, worthwhile read about the character traits behind true leadership.

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