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The Leader Who Had No Title: A Modern Fable on Real Success in Business and in

3.93  ·  Rating Details ·  5,218 Ratings  ·  435 Reviews
For more than fifteen years, Robin Sharma has been quietly sharing with Fortune 500 companies and many of the super-rich a success formula that has made him one of the most sought-after leadership advisers in the world. Now, for the first time, Sharma makes his proprietary process available to you, so that you can get to your absolute best while helping your organization b ...more
ebook, 224 pages
Published April 3rd 2010 by Free Press (first published January 1st 2010)
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Jeremy Johnston
Sep 12, 2013 Jeremy Johnston rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book seems like propaganda sponsored by corporate human resources departments from around the world... Here is the book in a nutshell... Step 1: Employees should expend all of their energy on their job without the company having to dole out equitable compensation for that effort. Step 2: If the employees feel drained and exhausted and unsuccessful (because they are working as a "leader without a title," that is, not being giving a promotion, a raise, or real responsibilities...), then blame ...more
Jul 23, 2011 Joseph rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I generally avoid 'Self Help' books. However, this book captured my attention because Robin Sharma decided to write LWHNT as a story of a man(Blake Davis), gaining leadership wisdom from 4 people that he meets within a day! The 4 people, incidentally are introduced to him by Tommy Flinn, an old friend of his father’s and also the top salesman where Blake works.

It started well enough. Tommy Flinn's character was intriguing. Unfortunately, he played a lesser role as the book progressed and once t
Jean-Marc Rocher
While the motivational message is very helpful and definitely worth reading and considering, the story that it's wrapped up in is pretty badly written. The situations are unnaturally stilted and the dialogue scripted and redundant, like one is watching a skit being performed at a sales retreat. None of the characters are given enough background to forge any real connection with the reader. Sharma might have done better just writing this as a straight non-fiction advice book, although I suspect t ...more
Greg Cohoon
Jul 06, 2011 Greg Cohoon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, career
I picked up this book because I was finding myself trapped in corporate red tape and dead ends with respect to career advancement. Someone recommended this as a good book to help with thinking about leadership outside the confines of the corporate world.

I like how the author presented this in the context of a story, instead of a typical dry business leadership book. It's all common-sense stuff, but it's nice to read it in the digestible format presented here. The author takes the position that l
Jun 05, 2012 Jenny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended by one of my managers. Very interesting....I'd like to continue processing it. Similar idea to learning about investing from the (original) Wealthy Barber.

Things I want to remember:

You Need No Title to Be a Leader: 5 rules - IMAGE (Innovation, Mastery, Authenticity, Guts, Ethics)

Turbulent Times Build Great Leaders - SPEAK (Speak with candor, Prioritize, Adversity breeds opportunity, Respond vs react, Kudos for everyone)

The Deeper Your Relationships, the Stronger Your Leadership - HUM
Ebrahim AlShakhoori
ما في كل كتبه، يدرك روبن شارما قوة القصص، لهذا يقوم دائما بتمرير أفكاره في قالب حكاية قوية يمكن تلخيصه في حقيقة أننا كلنا نولد وفي داخلنا إمكانية هائلة للقيادة سواء على المستوى الشخصي أو الاجتماعي أو المهني، ومن أجل إخراج القائد في داخلنا يصب شارما العديد من الكلام التحفيزي والاقتباسات الجميلة ليعيد إحياء هذه الحقيقة، ثم يقدم الأدوات التي تجعل التغيير اليومي البسيط هو الأساس لخلق تغيير جذري في حياتنا، أنصح بالكتاب وبجميع شارما التي دائما ما استمتع بقرائتها حتى لو تكررت بعض الأفكار البسيطة بينها، ...more
Oct 30, 2015 Maxim rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I dont blame anyone, it was my fault to read, sorry...
Ashok Krishna
Nov 13, 2016 Ashok Krishna rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
There is a common joke shared in the place where I come from. A husband once calls his wife and says, ‘The special dish you cooked for me two days ago was so nice. Can you prepare the same for me today too?’ The wife, angry with him for some reason, retorts, ‘Why make new? There are some leftovers from the same dish. Want to taste?’

This book of Robin Sharma tastes like those leftovers – stale and revolting. While revolting is a strong word to use against a book which contains appreciable wisdom,
Nama NayaShinigamiKyo
What could I say about this book? It is by my favorite author.

It is really amazing -as I expected. The way Robin represented the ideas and how he wanted to deliver the message of ''you can be a leader even if you don't have a title'' is really fantastic. However, it isn't the best book he has ever written because I prefer when Robin writes directly to the reader without involving a main story and main characters. But Overall, I didn't want to finish reading it. This book encouraged me to stop be
Andrea Snell
Found aspects of the book kind of annoying at first. The story is fictional, but the characters exist solely to be the mouthpiece of this guys motivational philosophy - so it isn't satisfying on a literary level at all. But once I let go of wanting the characters to be more convincing and just accepted them as a vehicle to communicate this guys message it didn't bother me as much.

Also he spent too much time in the beginning talking about " being a leader, not a victim" and saying things like "
Qamar Sultana
Jun 09, 2015 Qamar Sultana rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
well I really have so many things to say about this book. Firstly, it took me 4 months to complete this. Not because this book contains a lot pages, but because it is boring to the power of infinity. I don't understand what was the need of bringing in Blake the great in the story when all those knowledge could have been shared without involving a fictional character. Second thing, all the knowledge was given to the man on a single day. I mean that was just too much. I could not taken in so much ...more
At first I thought this book was incredibly cheesy. It follows the author while he meets 4 leaders who offer him tidbits on leadership philosophy. It's basic stuff- but also stuff we easily neglect: being positive, leading ourselves before leading others, self-discipline and most importantly, finding value in our work and paying it forward versus latching onto material possessions. For me, much of the philosophy aligned with my faith and leading in a way that shows God to others- grace, humility ...more
Apr 27, 2011 Ahmad rated it it was ok

This is not the Robin Sharma I loved in (Greatness Guide 1 & 2), the inspirational Robin. In this book he's a novelist writing long stories with a lot of unnecessary details hoping it will inspire & learn you (it didn't for me).

This could be a good inspirational movie or series, but a book? I don't think so.
Sep 16, 2014 Suraj rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
‘The Leader Who Had No Title’- A memorable novel to remember

I‘m feeling tensed while writing this review, after reading this amazing book by Robin Sharma. He really has his way of storytelling. This book not only amuses you with a great story but also gives a fascinating way of truly living a life, of leading without a title.
The story begins with a former military man(Blake) working at a bookstore, who has lost everything and everyone. It gets hard for him to concentrate and work for a long tim
C. Spencer Reynolds
Let me start by saying I am already a huge Robin Sharma fan! I've read all his published works and this is one that I can has major relevance to my current line of thinking and writing. Too many people are hung up on what their title or position in an organization is, rather than acting without! This is a great fable of learning that can get you deeply thinking as well as the steps to take action so you really can lead from anywhere!!!

Although I may not say this is a MUST READ on my bookshelf,
Mark Wilson
An inspiring read. I haven’t read a lot of self-help books previously (apart from “How To Win Friends and Influence People”), however I picked this up as I am currently undertaking a leadership class as part of my studies. This book, while quite badly edited in places, is very readable. I enjoyed how Sharma made the content into a fictional narrative. This makes you keep reading. The leadership advice given is practical and for extra support implementing it, Sharma encourages you to visit the we ...more
Sep 30, 2015 Justin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This might be one of the worst books I've ever read. It's basically an 8-10 page leadership / self help article that has been plopped into a poorly written fiction novel with canned, stilted dialogue, poorly developed characters,and predictable plot. It's a shame as the core leadership concepts are absolutely on target. But as a work of fiction it is awesomely bad.
Stephen Hargrove
Apr 19, 2010 Stephen Hargrove rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-read
While the dialog between characters can be a little unbelievable, this is a fast/great/awesome read and is immediately applicable to anyone at any stage in life. This one is going straight back on my to-read list.
Jeff Alexander
Decent book on leadership and personal mastery. The format of being told as a fable, was interesting but got a little cheesy.
Ronen David
ספר מעולה !!!

מלא תובנות לחיים, איך לעבוד ולהיות מנהיג ללא תואר. רובין שארמה בדרכו (הנזיר שמכר את הפרארי שלו) מעביר את החומר
בצורה מעניינת וסוחפת. מומלץ !!!
Rachel Abraham
Feb 24, 2016 Rachel Abraham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Leader Who Had No Title
I always believed being Nice to someone is the best way to live life and achieve all those things you ever dreamt about. And this book only strengthens my belief further.
This book is a journey of Blake Davis who is told 4 principles that helps you live life to its fullest by giving your maximum best.. While you read the book and join Blake on his journey, my learnings have been more on improving the quality of life itself.
* Always give your maximum best, we own the p
Jan 12, 2012 Aleksandar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Одлична книга како и сите останати бестселери од светски познатиот предавач за подобар живот Робин Шарма. Книгата претставува еден вид на измислена приказна преку која авторот дава многу јасни лекции за тоа како да си го подобриме животот и како секој може да биде лидер без притоа да има некоја значајна и раководна титула. Доколку секој во некоја организација претставува сам свој лидер без титула ќе си го подобри сопствениот живот а притоа ќе оствари подобри резултати во организацијата, што би б ...more
Mar 06, 2012 Mona rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read chapter one and i wanna get the same energy it give me once i read it , so i reread it looks like im not reaching the end soon :) .

It is a great motivational energetic organizational book so far ; however ,it looks a bit utopian to me ,as we as humans need recognition to go on and give our best. in real life , the rewards for good work dont always reach the right persons.

Now that i have finished it , i benefited from it in the context of reviving my work and life and i love the Acro
Titles mean "POWER"!
Hmmmm..but the problem with this kind of "power" is that if/when the title is gone, the "power" is gone as well. Puff!!!Like a balloon!
So the question now is - Do titles make a person???
Many of you will say NOOOOOOOO...and yet...people DO get attached to these TITLES. So..I am not going to make a deep and profound thesis on this now, analyzing the WHY's of this phenomenon, but I will just say - BLAME IN ON THE EGO!!!
And now back to the book..Blake Davis is a young man, torn
Jessie Sara
Jul 19, 2012 Jessie Sara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is written by Robin Sharma, world renowned leadership and motivational guru.
Reading this book made me appreciate my own strengths as a person and allowed me to contribute to greater good with whatever little talents, gifts or abilities that I have. This book inspires me to use whatever goodness or talents I have and to work for a greater good in my own life and also in at my workplace and in my community.

I could relate with a lot of family wisdom in this book i.e the sorts of advices w
Sowmya's book world
When you go to your limits, your limits will expand

I am not a big fan of self-help books , specially one advertising by success in 7 days or 24 hours. No one can just succeed in 7 days by reading one book but this book was different. This book captured my attention with a TLWHNT, every one claim for title, measure their success with the position they reached and this book taught me it's not the position which matters, its the satisfaction which matter. This doesn't give you any short cut rule fo
Jun 30, 2011 Robb rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A story telling how you can be a leader no matter what you do. It will require work and dedication and getting out of victim thinking. To be great in your field takes practice and continued study. Just like a professional athlete who puts in a week of practice before the big game studying game film, working out, and practicing their craft so too must you be constantly developing your mind, attitude, and skills to standout at what you do. Leader's need to be solution focused and set an example, s ...more
Bodoor AlHaddad
Jul 30, 2011 Bodoor AlHaddad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: izis-list
The ultimate leadership book!!!
i totally loved how he managed to creat those inspiring characters and how he took us to a new world with each mentor, the great dialog between the charcters makes it very easy to understand! and the writer makes u feel like you'r the one going through all this.
i loved the varity of the mentors so much, and how he made me imagine the scenes from evry aspect.
and the acronyms were a great way to simplify the concepts, they were fun, easy to memorize, and appropriat
Marija S.
Jun 05, 2011 Marija S. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: soul-lifters
The book itself might have gotten a higher grade, however it left me lukewarm because by reading it I got the impression that Sharma forgot he wrote The Monk and the rest of his self-help novels. It was really tiresome to go through the same ‘One day a teacher came to Joe and shared wisdom packed in acronyms’ routine with constant repetitions of the same ideas, even the same sentences as in previous books. Ok, so Sharma is a consultant and not a writer, but if he already decided to promote his a ...more
Sep 12, 2010 Stacey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
So of all things, my educator group at work has decided to start a book club and I now have work-related required reading! I'm having a hard time reading this book, mostly because it's not my choice and I'd much rather be reading a fairy tale that learning how to be a leader at work!

So now I am finished-finally! This book did have a lot of good points and I am glad that I read it. Although I don't consider myself a career woman and have no interest in aspiring to heights in the "business world"
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Who Will Cry When You Die? and
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Robin Sharma is in constant demand internationally as keynote speaker at the conferences of many of the most powerful companies

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