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The Leader Who Had No Title: A Modern Fable on Real Success in Business and in Life Hardcover – March 23, 2010
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In The Leader Who Had No Title, you will learn:
â How to work with and influence people like a superstar, regardless of your position
â A method to recognize and then seize opportunities in times of deep change
â The real secrets of intense innovation
â An instant strategy to build a great team and become a "merchant of wow" with your customers
â Hard-hitting tactics to become mentally strong and physically tough enough to lead your field
â Real-world ways to defeat stress, build an unbeatable mind-set, unleash energy, and balance your personal life
Regardless of what you do within your organization and the current circumstances of your life, the single most important fact is that you have the power to show leadership. Wherever you are in your career or life, you should always play to your peak abilities. This book shows you how to claim that staggering power, as well as transform your lifeâand the world around youâin the process.
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In The Leader Who Had No Title, you will learn:
- How to work with and influence people like a superstar, regardless of your position
- A method to recognize and then seize opportunities in times of deep change
- The real secrets of intense innovation
- An instant strategy to build a great team and become a "merchant of wow" with your customers
- Hard-hitting tactics to become mentally strong and physically tough enough to lead your field
- Real-world ways to defeat stress, build an unbeatable mind-set, unleash energy, and balance your personal life
Regardless of what you do within your organization and the current circumstances of your life, the single most important fact is that you have the power to show leadership. Wherever you are in your career or life, you should always play to your peak abilities. This book shows you how to claim that staggering power, as well as transform your life--and the world around you--in the process.
Thank you for the opportunity to share a little about The Leader Who Had No Title: A Modern Fable on Real Success in Business and in Life. First, the book is the result of the 15 years I've spent as a leadership advisor to many of the FORTUNE 500 companies, including FedEx, Nike, Microsoft, GE, IBM, and organizations like Yale University and Young Presidents Organization--as well as to many über successful entrepreneurs. I mention that so that you know the book is built around real-world insights, lessons and tactics that the best quietly use to win in business (and within their personal lives). If you're at a point where you are ready for extraordinary performance, exceptional leadership and to play full out with your life, this book will be highly helpful to you.
Second, the book is written as a story-with a group of unforgettable characters that bring the whole Lead Without a Title process to life. The goal was to write a book that not only is full of powerful success tactics to become your leadership best but also one that entertains and deeply inspires. In this way, all the learning is sticky--and therefore valuable to you.
Finally, this book is really about not only the opportunity every human being has to show leadership (regardless of whether they have a title or not) but the responsibility we all have to work at our best potential--and make a difference in the lives of everyone around us in the process. Because the ultimate end-game of leadership isn't just positively influencing other people. It's transformation.
A Conversation with Author Robin Sharma
Q: Is it really possible for anyone to be a leader?
A: Absolutely. The core message of The Leader Who Had No Title is that every single one of us has the opportunity to show leadership in our work and within our lives--every single day. This isn't some motivational platitude. It's a reality that i've helped everyday people in organizations like Microsoft, GE, FedEx, Yale University and IBM achieve. Because leadership isn't really about the title on our business cards. Leadership is about the strength of our influence, our willingness to innovate, the quality of our attitide and our commitment to excellence. This doesn't mean that organizations should get rid of titles and structure. It simply means that leadership is a behavior--and anyone of us can show it.
Q: This is obviously a time of deep change. Does the "Lead Without a Title" philosophy you share in your new book speak to this?
A: Yes. The #1 competitive advantage any organization has right now is growing the leadership potential of EVERY employee, at all levels. From the mailroom to the boardroom, the companies that will win in these highly uncertain times will be those that get people Leading Without a Title. To succeed in this economy, the best organizations will encourage their people to think, feel and behave like leaders, delivering wow results within their work.
Q: So the nature of leadership is changing?
A: The old model of leadership is dead. Everyone's now a part of the leadership team. And each of us has the responsibility of driving positive results and leading by example. It's now Leadership 2.0. Everybody gets to show their leadership best when they walk in the front door every day. The Leader Who Had No Title shows you how.
Q: Is leadership something we only show at work then?
A: Leading Without a Title is actually a way to express your absolute best at work as well as at home. While the book is definitely for people who want to fly in their careers and win at work, there are some key ideas in the book on personal leadership, getting to peak health, balancing work and family and having a lot more fun on the journey of life.
Q: Why this book and why now?
A: Because we need real leaders. Companies that we used to believe in have gone bankrupt or been bailed out. Leaders we used to admire have lost face. We need to restore the leadership values that made us great. And it starts with every one of us leading ourselves. We all have that power. It's time to reconnect with it.
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- Publisher : Free Press; 1st edition (March 23, 2010)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1439109125
- ISBN-13 : 978-1439109120
- Item Weight : 11.5 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.25 x 1 x 8.75 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #179,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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After quickly reading it I have already found myself putting into play the teachings. Don’t get me wrong I didn’t walk away from this book 2x the person I am or don’t struggle with the same b.s. as before but I know have a little bit more of a light to follow.
Excited to buy other books from this author who has a novelesque way of engaging the reader, one could argue its too good because at night when I read it never puts me to sleep so I have to drop it for a boring book when it’s passed my adult bed time!
The Image acronym reminds us to practice Innovativeness, Mastery, Authenticity, Guts, and Ethics. Next, the SPARK acronym reminds us to Speak with Candor, to have Priorities, to recognize that Adversity breeds Opportunity, to Respond to situations rather than reacting and to share Kudos with everyone. Human is the relationship acronym that reminds us to be helpful and understanding, to mingle, to amuse, and to nurture. Finally, the Shine acronym reminds us to See clearly, that Health makes Wealth, that Inspiration matters, that we mustn't Neglect our family, and that all of the above lead us to the opportunity to Elevate our lifestyles.
The profound revelation of this book is that anyone, at any level, can be a leader. We can move resolutely from Victims to Victors. Indeed, we can all make our lives extraordinary. I strongly recommend this important little book, and commend its excellent author. God bless.
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The first chapter is basically a long advertisement of the message in the book. The narrator tells the story of his life and how he became disengaged with life. That bit was interesting. Then suddenly, out of the blue, he meets a mentor who used to know his father, and who is ready to give him this great secret that will magically make him super successful. Come on! Can you make it more believable than that? Furthermore, the mentor goes on for pages and pages and pages about how successful you'll be once you apply the method. But I think it completely misses the spot. It's way too simplistic, and he's way too much in your face for this, and it goes on for way too long.
I decided to still give the book a chance and move on to the second chapter. The same style continued, so I simply rage quit.
All due respect to anyone who liked the book, but for me this is completely unreadable.
I found this book quite basic with storytelling technic for the emotional effect on lives and commitment of mind for the wellbeing of existent.
It is no matter of five or one stars for this review but the good thought of the positive mind for the thinker of this author to change the behaviour for the quality within our selves and that the reward for everyone in same conditioned mind.