Far too many people confuse a title with “arriving” at a place of leadership. In Mark Sanborn’s book You Don’t Need A Title To Be A Leader, he not only shows the fallacy of this, but also shows that anyone, anywhere can lead, even if they are untitled.
Mark Sanborn is an excellent storyteller. He uses this skill to make his points about leading from any place in an organization, instead of writing a point-by-point academic outline of how to lead where you are. Mark uses stories from his own life, and from other friends and colleagues to show us that (as the subtitle of the book says) anyone, anywhere can make a positive difference.
Because this book contains several quotes and anecdotes, many left-brained folks will find it “fluffy.” But don’t be fooled by the power of a good story! Mark correctly shares how impacting telling stories is, but he says it’s even more effective to live your story. In other words, be the leadership story that others will follow. Leadership is not left-brained nor right-brained, but it is whole-brained, and this book will help awaken the creative side which far too many leaders leave dormant.
For anyone who wants to grow as a leader, this is a great book to add to your library.
I am a Random House book reviewer.