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Mark Sanborn's bestselling business books teach ordinary people how to achieve extraordinary things in all aspects of life. Visit Amazon's Mark Sanborn Page.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Business; 1 edition (September 19, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385517475
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385517478
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,836 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"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, ADP, Inc.

"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 Greenlight

“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

Review

"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, ADP, Inc.

"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 Greenlight

“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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

I am originally from Ohio but have lived in the Denver area for 25+ years. My business, Sanborn & Associates, Inc. is an idea studio for leadership development. I am a past president of The National Speakers Association. My book The Fred Factor was a WSJ, Business Week and NY Times bestseller. The sequel, Fred 2.0, will be released March 2013. I've spoken to over 2400 audiences in every state and a dozen countries. My passion is developing leaders in business and in life. I hope you enjoy my work as much as I enjoy writing it. I enjoy communicating with readers and sharing ideas, so please contact me directly at mark@marksanborn.com.

Customer Reviews

It is an easy read and easy to understand.
Ginger B
For anyone who wants to grow as a leader, this is a great book to add to your library.
Craig T. Owens
Even if you receive only one nugget, then it is indeed a book worth reading.
Leanne Hoagland Smith

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

29 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Monty Rainey VINE VOICE on November 23, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I have to go against the flow of most of the other reviewers of this book. I was rather pleased with "The Fred Factor" and looked forward to YOU DON'T NEED A TITLE TO BE A LEADER, but found this book to be somewhat of an "unfinished" work. Though the advice here is practical and good, the structure of book and the stories it contains at times just don't seem to come to a definite conclusion. For instance, Sanborn will tell of an individuals adversities, accomplishments, etc. and might end that particular story with, "John now works for a major corporation and is doing well." Okay, you got me interested in John's story, told about the adversities he faced and how he overcame those adversities, and that's how you end his story! Many times, throughout the book, I found instances that left me empty and in want of more information.

As previously stated, there is some sound advice here, such as midway through the book where Sanborn tells of his revelation in focusing on phone calls as opportunities rather than obligations. Sadly, however, this sort of sage advice is sparse.

In the end, this was a collection of semi-success stories that were quite readable, but for me, not as inspirational as they were surely intended. I came away with the feeling that the author needed some quick cash and threw together a book that would sell based upon the author's previous name recognition.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Larry Underwood on August 23, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Mark Sanborn's book defining the qualities of true leadership (with a small "l"), is a worthy effort. If it was his senior year thesis at Leadership University, he'd most likely get a straight A.

The information Sanborn packs in this little book is perhaps more valuable for a recent college grad or a junior executive somewhere; but not necessarily for a seasoned management veteran. Certainly, it helps to keep handy at all times; in preparation for a big meeting or to polish off an important memo.

However, if you're a senior executive somewhere and you don't already know this stuff; and most importantly, practice this stuff; consider yourself fortunate to have survived this long. In that case, you'd better read this book; the sooner the better.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jon M. Quigley on January 4, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I like reading books that have the quality of being an easy read. The power of positive outlook and attitude toward work can not be over estimated. The author does not limit the discussion to the business world, but that is the bulk of the focus. It is easy to become self absorbed in the day to day activities without really considering the impacts of our actions. This book draws attention to these details in leadership.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Blaine Greenfield on December 20, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I was intrigued by Mark Sanborn's latest book, YOU DON'T NEED
A TITLE TO BE A LEADER, in part because of the title . . . it had
been a concept that I had thought about, but had never realized that
it could be put into practice . . . and quite easily, too.

Sanborn contends that we can each be a leader in our daily
lives . . . though the use of real examples involving both people
and companies, he actually shows how this can be done . . . such
as in the auto industry:

* At any Toyota plant, every employee on the line has the authority
and responsibility to shut down the line at any time they feel
necessary. Quality control and problem solving aren't left to the titled
managers. A woman who spots a problem is expected to lead by
calling attention to it rather than allowing it to slip through and become
an imperfection on a dealer's lot or owner's driveway.

He also gives very concrete suggestions on how to bring about
change; for example, in ourselves:

* Reading outside your area of expertise, or outside your comfort
zone, can stimulate your thinking, whether that means picking up
an interesting new book or thumbing through a new issue of
a magazine.

And I also liked his useful advice on how to choose the best person
to shine your shoes:

* As he worked, I commented on the quality of the shoe shines
I had gotten in other airports, mentioning how difficult it was
to gauge the kind of shoe shine I would get in places I hadn't been
in before. He looked up at me with astonishment. "It's easy to tell if
you're going to get a good shine," he told me. "Just look at the shoes
of the guy giving the shine. If they ain't fine, walk on by.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Reading my way thru life on October 29, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The gift for you here is that: You will WANT to aspire to a higher standard!

"The fact is, all leadership begins with self-mastery. You can't lead others until you can first lead yourself."
"To truly lead, and make a difference in the world, you must always start with yourself." -excerpts from the book.

This small book is full of 'gems' that will make you sparkle! Besides the good advice on leadership,(aka: "The six Principals of Leadership) it's just good advice on how to live. Maybe you're not interested in being a leader, that's okay, you will improve your life by reading and applying the inspirational wisdom presented here!

This book is short (102 pages) and cuts straight to the point.
"Great leaders are not evaluated on the length at which they speak, but on the impact of the message." And- "People who act effectively as leaders boil down the details. The make the world easy for others to understand."

Great Book!
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