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You Don't Need a Title to Be a Leader : How Anyone, Anywhere, Can Make a Positive Difference
by Mark Sanborn and Mark Sanborn

Overview - In his inspiring new audiobook, You Don't Need a Title to Be a Leader , Mark Sanborn, 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.  Read more...


 

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Overview

In his inspiring new audiobook, You Don't Need a Title to Be a Leader, Mark Sanborn, 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 our careers. He has an unparalleled ability to explain fundamental business and leadership truths through simple stories and anecdotes. You Don't Need a Title to Be a Leader offers an inspiring message for anyone who wants to take control of his or her life and make a positive difference.

 
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  • Publisher: Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Gr
  • Date: Sept 2006
 
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From the book


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." 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.

At graduation, everyone applauded when Simon walked to the dais to give the commencement address. In his speech, he specifically thanked Andrea for helping him to graduate. Today, the young man who nearly lost hope when he lost his high school sweetheart is a nationally recognized skateboarder. He regularly encourages other students, just as Andrea encouraged him.

Given Andrea's stature at the school, it's not surprising that many students choose to use one of their class electives to serve as office aides with her. Not only do they learn good office skills from her, but they know they will receive much-prized one-on-one time with her. She listens to them, advises them, and cares for them when they are sick or need help. In fact, she has such a kind, understanding heart that even parents have come to her with their own problems (divorce, issues with their kids, etc.).

One summer the local junior high burned down. As a result, the school where Andrea worked needed to create more space quickly to house extra students. The school decided to add several modular buildings to its campus.



With necessary last-minute construction and repairs to be done, Andrea and her husband worked late into the evening for weeks, staying until midnight at times, in order to be ready for the building inspectors so school could open on time.

Andrea even found a temporary location for those classes whose rooms were not yet approved by the time the school year started--the church she attends offered to let the school use their facility for several weeks. And, as a result of Andrea's "negotiations," the school paid very little to rent the facilities.

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

WHAT GOOD IS A TITLE?

In today's world, much is made of a person's title. Yet little actual power exists in a title alone.

I once did a survey on my Web site about the reasons people had for acting as...

 
Reviews

"Using his master skills in story-telling, Mark Sanborn enables us all to see that at the heart of it leadership is really about ordinary people achieving extraordinary things." - Lois P. Frankel, Ph.D., author of Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office

"This book has a quality I admire. It is simple. Not the kind of simple you find in a fortune cookie, but the elegant simplicity that can only be born from experience. I love this little book and strongly recommend it for anyone who wants to be a leader in life." - Stephen C. Lundin, Big Tuna Ph.D., Co-author of the FISH series

"Mark Sanborn has done it again! This time leadership is his focus and he has delivered a powerful little book that must be on every leader's desk." - Pat Williams, author, speaker, and Vice President of the Orlando Magic

"Read this book if you want to lead a better life, lead an organization, or lead the way." - Jeffrey J. Fox, author of Secrets of Great Rainmakers

"Mark has hit a grand-slam with You Don't Need a Title to be a Leader. It will speak to you regardless of your age, profession or position. I am adding it to my "must read list" for my kids, teammates and clients." - Daniel Harkavy, Head Coach and CEO, Building Champions

"Mark Sanborn has done it again! This time leadership is his focus and he has delivered a powerful little book that must be on every leader's desk." - Pat Williams, author, speaker, and Vice President of the Orlando Magic

"This book has it all... it's delivers real, usable leadership concepts in an entertaining and captivating way. Don't miss this opportunity... to take your leadership skills to a new, more effective level" - Rob Mitchell, Chief Development Officer, American Cancer Society

"Everyone of us have the power to shape our lives and influence the lives of others. In this short, powerful book by Mark Sanborn, you'll discover how." - John C. Maxwell, Author, Speaker and Founder INJOY Stewardship Services and EQUIP

"Mark Sanborn has done it again. Thoughtful principles, illustrated with terrific examples, of what great leaders do to be successful. Must read for people at any level within an organization who want to achieve their professional and personal potential." - Dave Pelliccioni, Group Vice President, Secretary, and Director, Toyota Motor Credit Corporation

"If you want to learn to lead -- or lead better -- read this book." - Marcus Buckingham, author of First, Break All the Rules and Now, Discover Your Strengths
"This is an essential leadership development tool for any organization. Everyone has the ability to make a difference...to have an impact regardless of title. Mark's book powerfully motivates, inspires, and gives the right answers to the question "What am I going to do to make a positive difference?" - Truly outstanding!
-Julie Marks Miller, Vice President of Training and Leadership Development, A

"As a CEO, I'm always asking people in my company to show more leadership. I want each one of them to read this book, because Mark Sanborn perfectly articulates the message I want to convey." - Keith Ferrazzi, author of Never Eat Alone and CEO of marketing and sales consultancy Ferrazzi Greenl

"I love writers who make leadership an active principle!! Even the title, You Don't Need a Title to be a Leader, tells us to take charge by our actions. Mark Sanborn lets you know that leading involves you DOING something. You gotta read this one." - Dave Ramsey, Three-time New York Times bestselling author

 
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