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

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In his inspiring new book, You Don’t Need a Title to Be a Leader, Mark Sanborn, the author of the national bestseller The Fred Factor, shows how each of us can be a leader in our daily lives
Hardcover, 104 pages
Published September 19th 2006 by WaterBrook Press (first published January 1st 2006)
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Srikanth Krishnamurthy
If someone ask me about this book i will undoubtedly say that Mark Sanborn scored 100% with such an appealing book with wonderful explanations accompanied by many examples/short stories why someone don’t have to be officially tagged as leader to make an impact in whatever they desire to achieve. The book mainly focus to portray that leadership is not about title or designation. It’s about Impact , Influence and Inspiration ( 3 ‘I’s ). I believe that the key to leadership is to lead everything in ...more
Jan 27, 2015 Krishna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

"You Don’t Need a Title to Be a Leader" is an interesting book to read and it makes some difference in every one,and it’s all about How anyone anywhere can make a positive difference.In this book Mark Sanborn given few stories of untiled leaders and their success. One of the story is about vice president of multinational tech company and Bob, when vice president get a difficult mission, he was looking for a leader to achieve that mission, one of the employee Bob was came up with an idea to achie
I was given this book by a friend who knows I'm interested in servant leadership. To be completely honest, I hated this book and the only reason I finished it is because it's only 100 pages with pretty large print. It's just a series of unrelated anecdotes and cliches. Very little in this book seems non-obvious to me. It also seems pretty poorly researched - at one point he talks about the Rosa Parks myth, that she basically just got tired one day and accidentally changed the world, which isn't ...more
Loy Machedo
May 16, 2012 Loy Machedo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loy Machedo’s Book Review – You Don’t Need a Title to Be a Leader by Mark Sanborn

You will never believe how I ended up bumping into the author Mark Sanborn.

Being the Hardcore Obsessed Non-Fiction Junkie that I am, I happen to hear about Mark Sanborn from another great author Larry Winget. He had recommended his book on his facebook fan page.

To hear about someone great from another great Author – to me is like finding another gold mine to dig into.

So without hesitation, I googled Mark Sanborn
May 14, 2012 Stephen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The subtitle is: How Anyone, Anywhere, Can Make a Positive Difference. This is such a fine little book; clocks in at 100 pages. Everyone should read it. It gets kudos from such heavy hitters as Ken Blanchard, Lois Frankel, and Marcus Buckingham. I like this comment by Jeffrey Fox (author of Secrets of a Great Rainmaker): "Read this book if you want to lead a better life, lead an organization, or lead the way." I especially recommend it to anyone seeking a meaningful gift for a recent graduate. H ...more
Jeff Brateman
Jan 05, 2013 Jeff Brateman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Motivational book in hand, check. Easy one hour read, check. Empty Barnes and Noble table on a lazy Saturday, check.

Some times certain people need these pick-me-ups to help keep up the energy, when everyone or everything seems to be sucking you dry. This is the book for such a time. It is quick, to the point, and engaging. It tells a story without boring you, gives you tips without giving long lists or mnemonic memorization, and gives you motivation to continue doing the right thing. In a way,
Nhiên Lê
Dec 26, 2016 Nhiên Lê rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At first, I thought of the title, "Oh, another book teaching to stay humble but lol because life is all about putting that named resume forward."
The book was indeed more interesting. A combination of, basically life lessons; how to be humanly impactful, period. The organization and how the author implementing lessons through stories about amazing individuals, who started with adversity but ended up becoming owner of well-known successful businesses, intrigued my attention the most. The best boo
May 30, 2017 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book. One that is full of little tidbits. I listened to this in one sitting. I feel it'd be beneficial to listen to multiple times. There is so much information in a short period of time. It actually reminded me of a really good 2 hour speaker, or professional development workshop. Take the time to read or listen to this. Even if it's only 5 minutes a day.
Michael Murphy
Mar 25, 2017 Michael Murphy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent, yet simple ideas for one to create a better self and a better world! Simple but profound!
It is a nice two hours reading book. It includes a lot of good tips already well known about leadership but still good to have in mind - perfect for a refresh -
I’m a bit torn on how to review the book. On the one hand, it was short and full of information that backs up the title. The scenarios go to show you that anyone can go the extra mile and that behavior is what creates leaders. You don’t need to be promoted in order to lead because it’s something you do everyday. On the other hand, it didn’t really say anything that I didn’t already know and it didn’t do a very good job of explaining anything. It was just a handful of scenarios. For example, an e ...more
May 18, 2013 William rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 tit
You Don't Need A Title is a relatively short, thoughtful piece of work on leadership. It is not a scholarly book, but rather a reflection by the author on what he has learned or concluded about various aspects of leadership over the course of his life and career as a business consultant. There is little that is new or more insightful than dozens of other books like this, but it is accessible to anyone, and worth reading simply as a reminder of important things to ponder and act upon. As Sanborn ...more
Dec 07, 2007 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Business People
Recommended to Sarah by: My Boss
Well, this book was so-so. It begins with the author touting how it is meant for leaders in the business place, the community, and the home and family. It definitely had nothing to do with home and family as I had hoped. Nonetheless, it's a decent book on leadership in the business world, focusing mainly on your motivation behind doing good things for others. I felt it was mainly common sense. There were a few things I liked, but I felt like it was generic material I've heard a million times ove ...more
Jodi Ralston
As usual, Sanborn offers great advice in an engaging format.
Shannon O'dea
Dec 30, 2014 Shannon O'dea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got to watch a live simulcast of Mark Sanborn speaking, and he's definitely a powerful speaker. I was intrigued enough that it made me want to read all the books he mentioned in his presentation.

You Don't Need a Title to Be a Leader was a pretty decent read. I ended up able to take away from it several questions and points that I could reflect on in both personal and professional life. My biggest take away from the whole book would have to be his position on facing and overcoming your fears (p
John Britto
Jan 27, 2015 John Britto rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"You don't need a title to be a leader". Name of the book itself conveys a good message "The Title or position doesn't make any change unless the person himself makes". Mark Sanborn clearly says "To be a leader you have to Influence and Inspire people. Influence and Inspiration doesn't come from the position, It comes from the person.

Throughout this book Mark Sanborn motivating us to be a leader by his inspiring short stories and the best people's quotes.
I was inspired by the famous quote said b
Mar 16, 2015 Arthi.p rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting book to read .Mark sanborn clearly executes a quality to be a leader. we don't need a special position to take the leadership.Those who are all can make the positive situation in a company,family or anywhere they are all leaders he said.He explains do's and don'ts for effective leader with six major topics such as power of Self-mastery,focus,communication,people,execution,Giving. While reading this book we can feel the positive changes in ourself.In that book , i like the differ ...more
Jan 27, 2015 Dunston rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You Don't Need a Title to Be a Leader - is really a good book i would suggest everyone to read this book, which helps a person to be a good Leader. Yet, i liked the facts that has been explained by the author of how a person has to be a good Leader. " Leadership is about Influencing others and changing the world around them", which i wished to learn it. The Best part i liked Leadership is not about owning Titles and Leadership is not meant only to those who owns Titles. Rather a good Leader shou ...more
Ryan Garaygay
Nov 29, 2013 Ryan Garaygay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
lots of great information in such a short read (or listen - did this in an audiobook at 2x speed for 1h)

at this time, if I have to give a "leadership" book to someone I would recommend a quick start on this. easy, concise but gives enough inspiration to go out there and read more.

one of those books that might make some realize that they are already leading without noticing.

if you have read other books on similar topics you could still run into new ones (or a different perspective on old ones) an
Jan 28, 2015 Balachander rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Its really interesting book and I recommend everyone to read.This book mainly focuses on leadership where it specifies leadership is not about title or designation. It’s about Impact, Influence and Inspiration of how you can change the world around you. The author mentions Mahatma Gandhi sayings, "Leaders don’t make the change instead they be the change", they be the change of how they wish to see the world, to truly lead into make a different world. Sanborn clearly explains of how each one of u ...more
Gene Babon
Oct 01, 2012 Gene Babon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: leadership
Simple is good. This book is simple. It's an easy read. Enlightening, none-the-less.

The core message of this book is the following:
If you had no title or ability to reward or penalize others, could you still get them to follow you.
The author defines leadership as the following:
An invitation to greatness that we extend to others.
He outlines his six principles of leadership:

~ The Power of Self-Mastery
~ The Power of Focus
~ Power with People
~ The Power of Persuasive Communication
~ The Power of Execu
Feb 13, 2009 Amy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I read enthusiastically through the introduction, but felt that the rest of this book was not as strongly written.

I enjoyed the stories and greatly appreciated the countercultural philosophy of leadership (leaving a legacy of integrity and community rather than climbing to power and wealth). I just wished that the chapters had more depth and didn't occasionally sound like a Bible study.

However, this was an easy read, and it was inspiring. As Sanborn says, "Leadership isn't a mysterious act pract
Dec 27, 2013 Shannon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As the author relates, you don't need a title to be a leader because leadership is the daily response of every person who wishes to make a positive difference. I appreciate that this book focused on the need to contribute in positive ways versus the need to gain. I often think about the evidence that I will leave to show that I passed through this life. I strive to be a leader who leads through relationships, collaboration, persuasion, respect, and commitment. I am a work in progress, as is ever ...more
Mar 09, 2008 Maggie rated it really liked it
This book really helps me to keep an encouraging perspective as I deal with my roles/functions in several committees of which I am a member. If you've ever felt that you were a helpless "underling", with no influence or value, this book will encourage you to see that your contributions are not only valuable, but can become lasting legacies.

Even though it is written for a business arena, it can be applied to any organization or place which has an authority structure.

Very helpful and informative.
Troy McNamara
Aug 11, 2013 Troy McNamara rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
With all of the personal development books out there, this book is just underwhelming. I understand that not every book is going to be gold but this seemed like another rehash of all the other books of its kind out there. In this field of study, the best books tend to be lengthy, extensive, and have real meat to what they're trying to say (as well as well thought out techniques). Sadly at just over 100 pages, this book was incapable of doing anything noteworthy to advance my progress. Not a book ...more
Aug 27, 2013 Jay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm done a fair amount of leadership courses, seminars, books, etc. So, I was reluctant to pick up another one. But it had been quite a while - and I thought I'd give it a go. I was surprised to find that this was quite a refreshing little discourse. Nothing presented in the book is going to rock your world. You'll probably say "Yeah, that makes sense" to most of it. But I found the reminders to be timely and genuine. I actually really appreciated it and felt some motivation build by reading.
May 16, 2009 Patti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book to be pretty helpful with the Leadership Academy course I'm taking right now. As I started the course with a quest of finding out what leadership role, if any, I'm interested in, the title alone help me a bit. I found quite a few good points in this, especially as the title states, about making a positive difference in the workplace without having a title. Still working my way through a lot of information, and learning; I hope to have more direction for myself once Leadership A ...more
April Lyn
I listened to this book on audio a couple of times during my commute, as it was so short. I think I probably would've gotten more out of it if I'd read the written version, and it been in a place where I could take notes and implement ideas while listening. There were several ideas and anecdotes, however, that stayed with me and allowed me to spark thoughtful conversations with my husband and several business connections. Overall, not bad. Definitely worth the time it takes to read or listen.
Great book! I would recommend this book to anyone that is working on becoming a better leader. I liked the way Mark relates the stories/examples to the workplace and life in general. I've learned many things that I will incorporate in my life in order to help make a difference. I was waken by few things but one thing that stands out is "without focus, it is impossible to move forward to achieve your goals".
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Mark Sanborn is an international known author, motivational speaker, and the president of Sanborn & Associates, Inc., an idea studio for leadership development. He gives nearly one hundred presentations each year on leadership, team building, customer service, and mastering change. Mark and his family live near Denver, Colorado.
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