Last night I read “You Don’t Need a Title to be a Leader” by Mark Sanborn. It’s the second book by Sanborn I’ve read, the first one being “The Fred Factor”. His books are quickly becoming “must reads” for me, and they are definitely required reading now for anyone and everyone at Crosspoint. Here are some of the takeaways:
- Anyone at any level can learn to be a leader and help shape or influence the world around them.
- A leader leads through their relationships with people, as opposed to their control over people.
- “The longer the title, the less important the job”
- When you do your job – any job – with initiative and determination to make a positive difference, you become a leader.
- Being happy is enviable, but being good is truly admirable. It requires character, integrity, and perseverance.
- “While I don’t want to shortchange the importance of “the big show”, I am even more impressed by the leaders who know what must be done behind the scenes to make the big show happen.”
- Real leaders bring the same commitment to excellence to whatever they do, whether on the stage or behind it.
- Genuine leaders make things better not just for themselves but for others.
- The people who change the world around them…rarely act from a sense of obligation. Leaders almost always act from a sense of incredible opportunity.
- Too often, people confuse activity with accomplishment.
- Integrity after all, is measured by the distance between your lips and your life.
- Leadership is power with people, not power over people.
- Everyone makes a difference. The choice we all have is whether we want to make a positive difference or a negative one.
I loved every minute of reading this book, if you want to pick it up you can do it by clicking on my Amazon link right here.