Mark Sanborn, in his book “You Don’t Need a Title to be a Leader”, builds on the concept that leadership is not all about having a title. In fact, leadership is not about position but influence. That influence can be exerted in a negative or positive way. The first several chapters build on this premise and presents real life examples of how this manifests itself in the lives of those without titles. The rest of the book deals with six principles of leadership. (The Power of Self Mastery, The Power of Focus, Power with People, The Power of Persuasive Communication, The Power of Execution, The Power of Giving)
Sanborn says that, “The biggest difference between people who manage others, versus people who lead others, is how they develop those under them.” What impressed me the most about this quote is that this activity takes place every day, and more often than not it happens without a title attached to a person making the difference. Therefore, it raises a great question, what are you doing to develop others? This book will give you the basis to do just that – make a positive difference in the life of somebody else even if you don’t have a title.
I would have to say that this is a great leadership book. The focus on leading without a title is only really dealt with in the first several chapters; then the rest of the book deals with leadership in general. The book is peppered with examples that drive home the concepts being presented. This makes it easy to understand and makes personal life application possible. I would give this book 4 out of 5 stars.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.