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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 and make a positive difference, whatever our title or position.

Through the stories of a number of unsung heroes, Sanborn reveals the keys each one of us can use to improve our organizations and enhance ouposition.
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published September 19th 2006 by Crown Business (first published January 1st 2006)
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Srikanth Krishnamurthy
Jan 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it it was amazing

"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
Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’m currently participating in an 8-week leadership seminar for work, and it’s made me realize that while I have some of the characteristics of a leader, I need to sharpen them and add more skills to my little leadership basket. Two of the most impactful concepts I took away from this book are the idea of “obligation” versus “opportunity,” (view required tasks as opportunities to accomplish something) and the moral of one of the stories he related. A good friend of Sanborn’s was struggling with ...more
Dec 03, 2014 rated it it was ok
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
May 14, 2019 rated it liked it
This book had some valid insights. I thought the short sections were easy to get through but on the other hand, they were a little fortune cookie. There were definitely some takeaways from this one but because of the short nature of the book, it might need a reread to full comprehend them all.

I found myself just sort of speeding through this book. I highlighted and recorded what jumped out at me but some of the information was slightly clishe or very textbook. Again, it's a good star
Beth Carr
Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I like how this book uses stories to convey the message. Through short stories and emotion, several new skills have been learned and will be implimented.
Loy Machedo
May 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 M
May 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it really liked it
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,
David Hutchinson
Jul 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
I think I need a break from these “How to...” development books. This one fell really flat for me. It’s not that the concepts here are bad but the delivery just wasn’t on point. There are much better books that overview the same topics and give similar advice that I would recommend over this one.

That being said one thing that will stick with me from this book is that everyone has the power and should be empowered to lead. There was an analogy used (taken from somewhere else.) Where it challenge
Nhiên Lê
Dec 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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
Angie K.
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Everyone wants to leave a legacy whether it be to become rich and famous or just a good person. This book is not just one of those fluffy inspirational/leadership books - It's worth the read. It's a quick read but inspirational and well organized to be sure the reader feels inspired and ready to be a leader and making a positive difference. Be prepared to take notes and implement Mark Sandborn's ideas into your life.
Luke Spinardi
May 15, 2019 rated it liked it
This book is a generic leadership novel whose contents combine common sense and ideas from one too many linked in articles. While I appreciate the lessons taught (earning its 3 start review), I was waiting for something profound or life changing but there were no revelations contained in this book.
May 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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.
Oct 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: own
I randomly picked up this book at a book sale the other day because it seemed interesting and applicable to my situation. It's a very short book and cliche at times but I found his expanded definition of leadership to be valuable and it was worthwhile in sparking ideas in ways to grow.
Sam Swicegood
Jul 12, 2018 rated it did not like it
This book is about leadership from an incredibly narrow perspective. The author's examples about what leadership is come from personal experience, and are not applicable to young leaders today. It was frustrating to read.
Will Howell
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is a must read for the person who wants to be a leader in any fashion. This will challenge you to be a leader right in the spot that you are in. Mark Sanborn tackles these topics with both story and facts. Grab your copy today!
Apr 04, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: business, non-fiction
You only need the title to have read this book. A series of small (1 paragraph) anecdotes but the title says it all. All you need is an hour on a plane and you're good to go change the world.
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Short read, but packed with lots of inspirational stories and ideas to help anyone become a leader. It will make you reconsider your definition of a leader.
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Loved this one. I especially love the author's style of using story telling to help people remember leadership concepts.
Jamie Brander
Oct 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
My go to book to give emerging Leaders
Robert Matthews
Mar 26, 2019 rated it liked it
A good basic leadership book for beginners. Covey's 7 Habits or Maxwell's 21 Laws would be a logical next step.
Kimberly Fox
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Quick, fun and memorable read.
May 20, 2019 rated it did not like it
This book might be for you if you enjoy cliches.
Michael Murphy
Mar 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent, yet simple ideas for one to create a better self and a better world! Simple but profound!
Jul 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Note: I wrote this as part of a book review series I started at my workplace.

Sounds nice on paper, but I don’t have a leadership title and I don’t really want one.
Sure, not everyone wants or needs to be a Leader with a capital L, but this book is about what author Mark Sanborn calls “little l” leadership. What is “little l” leadership? According to Sanborn, “It is about the small things each of us can do every day to positively influence our customers, our colleagues, our friends, and our commu/>Sounds
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 -
Jan 26, 2016 rated it liked it
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 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 organizat
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 says ...more
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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.