Title Does Not Equal Leader
Titles are less important than ever before. I’ve long believed that personal power is far more impactful than positional power.
My friend Mark Sanborn has advanced this idea for years. His definition of leadership is broad, one that encompasses everyone in an organization. A leader is someone who helps “people and organizations surpass themselves,” he says, adding that the test of leadership is whether “anything or anyone is better because of you.”
Mark knows leadership. In addition to his bestselling books, he is one of the most in-demand speakers on leadership, customer service and team building.
Recently, I had the opportunity to talk with Mark about all things leadership. This 10 minute video interview is a great reminder of some of the most important leadership principles. We discuss the definition of leadership and two of the biggest pitfalls leaders face.
Remember: You Don’t Need a Title to Be a Leader.
Some of my favorite Mark Sanborn quotes include:
“Leadership is the ability to help people and organizations surpass themselves.” -Mark Sanborn
“The test of leadership is, is anything or anyone better because of you?”-Mark Sanborn
“Good leaders see more in people than people see in themselves.”-Mark Sanborn
“A good leader sees in you what you may not recognize in yourself.”-Mark Sanborn
“Everything of significance a leader accomplishes happens not just because of his or her efforts, but through the efforts of others.”-Mark Sanborn
“In the past, leaders were those who knew the right answers. Today, leaders are those who know the right questions.”-Mark Sanborn
You Don’t Need a Title to Be a Leader: How Anyone, Anywhere, Can Make a Positive Difference