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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.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Business; 1 edition (September 19, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1151009806
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385517478
  • ASIN: 0385517475
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,279 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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This book is wonderful for those trying to find their place in the world. Everyone is a leader, regardless of a title, and I love how Mark Sanborn relates this message through wonderfully real stories of people's lives. This is a great read and I finished every chapter feeling empowered. I loved it.
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I’ve read a number of very good leadership books lately. Some very theoretical. Some very applicable. When I started reading Mark Sanborn’s book You Don’t Need a Title to Be a Leader, I thought I was going to get more of the same…I was wrong.

Many of the leadership books you will read give tons of great advice on motivating and influencing people or leading change. Many give great advice on how to manage or discipline yourself or a number of laws to be a better leader.

Mr. Sanborn’s book gave some of these things (especially in Part II: The Six Principles of Leadership) but there was something underlying all of the motivational and practical advice that I found very refreshing. Mr. Sanborn encourages leaders, whether you have a title or not, to make a difference and influence people in a positive way. He seems to assume that leadership is not about getting more done for an organization or getting yourself ahead, although these may be benefits of what he prescribes. Instead, he encourages the reader to work/serve/give to the best of their ability because the reader should want to make the world and others better.

While the principles, theory, and practical steps for leadership in this book are good, they are not the best I have read. However, it is refreshing to hear someone talk about leadership based on serving others and the world. Kudos to Mark Sanborn for framing leadership in a way that encourages us all to lead well in order to be better human beings!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free for review purposes from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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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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