You Dont Need a Title to Be a Leader - How anyone, anywhere, can make a positive difference


How much do I want to read more? 7/10

A short book about leadership in everyday's life. A bit simplistic, but a nice read.


INTRODUCTION

Bob: “I assume you’ll make me a director if I take this on.”
His unexpected response caused the VP to pause.
Gail: “That’s all right,” she said. “I don’t need a title to be a leader.”

LEADERSHIP IS INFLUENCE

John Maxwell describes leadership as positive influence.

“Life is what you make of it. The more you put into it, the more it reflects back on you.”

HOW DOES A LEADER ACT?

Believe they can positively shape their lives and careers.

THE LEADERSHIP TEST

Despite popular myth, leaders—whether titled or untitled—aren’t born.
If you had no title or ability to reward or penalize others, could you still get them to follow you?

Part 1 - A leader is…

THEY DIDN’T NEED A TITLE TO BE LEADERS (AND NEITHER DO YOU)

ANDREA

A famous politician once said, “The longer the title, the less important the job.”
Andrea Stoller has no real “title” at all. What does she do? Nearly everything. accountant, nurse, receptionist, secretary, admissions coordinator, supply coordinator, and counselor. nearly 200 students give to her every year. They call her “Mom.”

Andrea Stoller still doesn’t have a title. But she leads and influences others in significant ways every day.

WHAT GOOD IS A TITLE?

Influence and inspiration come from the person, not the position.

AN ARMY OF LIONS

Philip of Macedonia, the father of Alexander the Great, said, “An army of deer led by a lion is more to be feared than an army of lions led by a deer.”
But he missed the bigger point: An army of lions led by a lion is to be feared most of all, for it is unstoppable.
Having an organization of lions where everyone leads.

At any Toyota plant, every employee on the line has the authority and responsibility to shut down the line at any time they feel necessary.

LEADERSHIP LARGE AND SMALL

Rosa Parks had no idea of the impact she would have on history when she refused to give up her seat to a white man on that bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Yet her actions and courage changed the course of our nation’s history.

When you do your job—any job—with initiative and determination to make a positive difference, you become a leader.

AN INVITATION TO GREATNESS

If you’re big enough for your dream, your dream isn’t big enough for you.

—- ERWIN RAPHAEL MCMANUS