You Don't Need a Title to Be a Leader : How Anyone, Anywhere, Can Make a Positive Difference
In his inspiring new book,You Don't Need a Title to Be a Leader, Mark Sanborn, the author of the national bestsellerThe 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 our careers. Genuine leadership - leadership with a "littlel", as he puts it, is not conferred by a title, or limited to the executive suite. Rather, it is shown through our everyday actions and the way we influence the lives of those around us. Among the qualities that genuine leaders share: - Acting with purpose rather than getting bogged down by mindless activity - Caring about and listening to others - Looking for ways to encourage the contributions and development of others rather than focusing solely on personal achievements - Creating a legacy of accomplishment and contribution in everything they do As readers across the country discovered inThe Fred Factor,Mark Sanborn has an unparalleled ability to explain fundamental business and leadership truths through simple stories and anecdotes.You
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September 18, 2006
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Excerpt from You Don't Need a Title to Be a Leader by Mark Sanborn
A famous politician once said, "The longer the title, the less important the job." If that's true, then Andrea Stoller has a very important job indeed. Just ask anyone who has had contact with her at the school where she has worked for the past fifteen years.
Andrea is not a licensed teacher. In fact, Andrea Stoller has no real "title" at all. What does she do? Nearly everything. She wears dozens of hats, including that of accountant, nurse, receptionist, secretary, admissions coordinator, supply coordinator, and counselor. And although she doesn't have an official title, her favorite is the one that nearly 200 students give to her every year. They call her "Mom."
I'm convinced that at the heart of every successful organization is a title-less person or persons just like Andrea.
One day, Andrea received a phone call informing her that one of the students, coming home from soccer practice, had been in a fatal car accident. When the teenage girl had gotten out of her car, an older man driving another car accidentally hit her, killing her instantly. The tragedy was devastating for the girl's family and classmates, as well as for the young man she had been dating at the time, Simon.
After the accident, Simon sunk into a deep depression, avoiding people and falling behind in his schoolwork. It seemed as though he would become collateral damage in the tragedy. Andrea spotted the signs of his depression and attempted to befriend him. She offered to help him with his class work and tutor him, despite the fact that she didn't have a teacher's degree.