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

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  6,497 ratings  ·  560 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
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published March 23rd 2010 by Free Press (first published January 1st 2010)
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Jeremy Johnston
Sep 12, 2013 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
Joseph
Jul 23, 2011 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
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Jean-Marc Rocher
Dec 02, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Jenny
Jun 05, 2012 rated it liked it
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
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Ashok Krishna
Nov 13, 2016 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,
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Greg Cohoon
Jul 06, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: career, kindle
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
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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
Maxim
Oct 30, 2015 rated it did not like it
I dont blame anyone, it was my fault to read, sorry...
Qamar Sultana
Jun 09, 2015 rated it did not like it
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
Naya Kyo
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
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Selma Šljuka
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jednostavna i prosta, lako svarljiva, i nadasve veoma inspirativna. Sve ono što smo već pročitali samo razumljivije i ako malo sjednemo, i razmislimo - sve je to istina.
Rinat Sharipov
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
В начале немного наивна, но по ходу ловишь для себя много высказываний, которые позволяют оформить собственные мысли о выстраивании взаимоотношений
Suraj
Sep 16, 2014 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
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Andrea Michel
Aug 11, 2011 rated it liked it
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 "
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Nicole
Dec 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Ahmad
Apr 27, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Disappointed.

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.
Justin
Sep 30, 2015 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.
Dhruv Sharma
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-improvement
To be done....
Annaliese
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
loved it
C. Spencer Reynolds
Jul 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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,
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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
Flor
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
3.5, had to read the whole thing yesterday, thank you school
*Edit after getting through the anger of staying up late reading against my will, I cae to the conclusion that I did enjoy the book, so I'm changing the rate to 4.2 stars
Stephen Hargrove
Apr 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
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.
Gladys
Nov 01, 2017 added it
you don't need a tittle to be leader,
this is a great book!
Jeff Alexander
Jan 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Decent book on leadership and personal mastery. The format of being told as a fable, was interesting but got a little cheesy.
Alejandro
Me cuesta mucho ponerle tres estrellas. por un lado, puede tener las cuatro o cinco porque me gustaron el mensaje y los consejos que brinda el autor. Sin embargo, pudieron ser menos porque los personajes, desde mi punto de vista, son poco creíbles. eso me lleva a otro punto: la apuesta por la narrativa, como si fuera novela, no creo que le ayude mucho al libro. Hay demasiado diálogos y no permite descansar al lector. Si el libro fuera escrito como "Outliers" de Malcolm Gladwell, otra cosa sería.
Syed Waqar Hussain
Got this from a friend as gift!

Title attracted me a lot as I can easily relate it with my profession (Project Management), where we usually do not get authorities to make the work done.

Like the LWT concept along with sub acronyms like IMAGE, SPARK, SHINE and HUMAN.

I recommend everyone who is struggling to lead without authority to read it.
Phuongvu
Apr 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
mình thích quyển sách này vì cảm thấy có thêm động lực hơn khi đọc nó.
bỏ qua sự bất hợp lí khi một người được dạy lại tất cả bí quyết để thành công trong 1 ngày thì còn lại nội dung khá ok.
và khi đọc có thể tiếp thêm niềm tin vào việc mình đang làm. thế là đủ.
Ganhdi từng nói "Cuộc sống là một thể thống nhất không thể chia nhỏ". có rất nhiều câu hay hay và thấy tác giả có vẻ rất hâm mộ Ganhdi^^
Ronen David
May 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 !!!
Mehul Gohil
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One more Robin Sharam wonderful book. Wowo just Wow.

Request to good read to please increase star level, For author like Robin Sharma and book like The leader who had no tile 5 stars are not enough
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Robin Sharma is one of the world’s premier thinkers on leadership, personal growth and life management. The bestselling author of
The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari,
Who Will Cry When You Die? and
The Saint, the Surfer, and the CEO and four other books on self-transformation.

Robin Sharma is in constant demand internationally as keynote speaker at the conferences of many of the most powerful companies

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