You Don't Need a Title to be a Leader

Sanborn has gathered simple secrets to becoming a great leader and packaged them in a highly readable handbook. Along the way, you’ll become acquainted with some ordinary people achieving extraordinary things.

102 pages. ©2006.
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Reader Reviews for this Book


Review posted July 29, 2018


Good read. Small book - concise.


Review posted June 14, 2018


I really enjoyed this book! Has many stories that can apply to you to become a better leader. It's your actions not your title that shows whether or not you are a leader.


Review posted June 12, 2018


In respects, to becoming a leader this book sorts out the small details many leaders forget. This book is a great choice for today's leaders!


Review posted June 1, 2018


This was wonderful. I really enjoyed the stories. I work with a team of people and I would love all of them to read/listen to this book.


Review posted May 27, 2018


Such a great book! (Though a little hard to read at times)


Review posted April 17, 2018


Really great book about how "regular" people can be amazing leaders.


Review posted April 11, 2018


It's an inspiring read, the author shows how each of us can be a leader in our daily lives and make a positive difference, whatever our title or position. Among the qualities that genuine leaders share: • Acting with purpose rather than getting bogged down by mindless activity • Caring about and listening to others • Looking for ways to encourage the contributions and development of others rather than focusing solely on personal achievements • Creating a legacy of accomplishment and contribution in everything they do Quick and easy read, highly recommend it.


Review posted March 26, 2018


This was a pretty good book, not a ton of new information but it was a nice audio to listen to in the car on the way to work.


Review posted January 28, 2018


I loved this book. It was very empowering. I am a titled leader but you sometimes loose focus on the little things trying to achieve the goals set by higher up management. This helped to refocus on the joy of making a difference in everyone's life that you touch. I would highly recommend it.


Review posted January 23, 2018


Nice book about leading from any chair.


Review posted January 17, 2018


An easy read on practical ideas to step up into leadership in any environment. Highly recommended!


Review posted September 16, 2017


A quick read that urges readers to consider themselves as leaders and not wait for someone else to do it.


Review posted July 28, 2017


This is a good started book to understand, not how, but why other people consider you a leader. Since I was young people have looked to me for answers and to help solve their problems. Now I understand why.


Review posted July 11, 2017


Helpful for those looking to make a difference or advance their career.


Review posted May 14, 2017


Enjoyed this book. It's a good read. Solid leadership strategies. To drill it down: ditch the ego; be a team player; don't be a jerk; share the glory; treat people with honesty and respect.. it is worth it.


Review posted May 9, 2017


A short, quick read with plenty of reinforcement! You need not have title or fancy office to provide leadership in a business or organization. We lead by example and continued accountability to better one's self and those surrounding us. Leadership isn't about focusing on self and self-achievement but on others and team building for positive outcomes and the team accountability to reaching goals.


Review posted March 15, 2017


I found this book to be very inspiring as a low level employee in a public protection agency where our organization struggles with morale and direction.


Review posted March 1, 2017


It is one of the great books about learning how to be a good leader. This is the book that needs to be checked out when you are willing to be a good leader.


Review posted February 27, 2017


This book was extremely helpful as I navigate leadership of a small team of artists promoting other artists in our community.


Review posted February 9, 2017


This is a decent beginner-level leadership book, but relies on cliches and concepts that are better explained elsewhere.


Review posted February 2, 2017


This book is very positive and motivating. It makes you think about working hard not only because it is the right thing to do, but because it makes you feel empowered and excited about work again. I highly recommend this book.


Review posted November 7, 2016


Small book, huge impact. Read twice and enjoyed it both times. I am going to recommend it to my children. Through people good things happen and this book provides people with the necessary knowledge to lead and to follow.


Review posted October 2, 2016


Simplistic advice. Can't say I learned anything new. His analogies, and examples which accompany every tidbit are weak and uninspiring.


Review posted September 17, 2016


I really love this book. It's going to be part of my motivation arsenal for the times when I feel to down to do a thing.

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Review posted July 18, 2016


I loved this book. It was uplifting for someone who leads everyday, but doesn't have a title to match. I wish more managers would read this and give staff the respect they desrve.


Review posted July 17, 2016


Great book. Really inspires people to step up to the plate even when they don't have a position do so.


Review posted February 12, 2016


This book gave shared how the people with leadership skills are often the ones who step up to do a great job, even if it's not in their title; or doesn't show in their paycheck. They do the job because someone asked them to, and believed in them. The payoff in the satisfaction of a job well done. Sometimes it was followed by a better position, or more pay. Leadership is truly not about the title. I've seen it myself in a previous job. You have to earn the respect of those you lead. Your job title does not just make it happen.


Review posted February 5, 2016


Good short book with good tips


Review posted January 23, 2016


It was a good, quick read. I really enjoyed the step by step ways it gives you to become a better leader.


Review posted January 12, 2016


After reading this book I no longer feel like I need a "Title" to be validated for my hard work. It was very enlightening to read we can all make a difference (even a small one). If we strive to be leaders in our everyday jobs our efforts don't go unnoticed. We just need to stop believing we need a fancy title in order to do great things. In reality it is the other way around.

Suz Ybarra

Review posted December 14, 2015


I had a "good problem" with this book. It's so good, I cannot decide who I want to give it to first. It presents simple instructions in an encouraging way. The author is friendly and supportive. He presents his case that we are all leaders and we can all improve as leaders. A leader is someone who "strives to make things better". Mark Sanborn has reminded me to choose goals, stay focused on those goals, and persevere.


Review posted December 6, 2015


A quick read that mixes anecdotes and principles to show what one can do to become a leader not only in a work environment but in other situations even in everyday life. You may want to have pen and paper handy while you take down ideas you'd want to implement in your life.


Review posted November 10, 2015


Mark Sanborn uses interesting stories and examples to explain his theory on how to be a leader. Everyone has the ability to make a difference, to have an impact, regardless of title. In some ways his theory is fairly simplistic and obvious but cutting through the cynicism, it's a good reminder that success and leadership come down to a couple personal motivations. First, it's important to look at what's in front of you as opportunity instead of as an obligation. This shift in attitude is hugely helpful for being a good leader. The second idea is that you have to be willing to try something new - be willing to work even if you fail. This book was very helpful in recognizing my own leadership skills.


Review posted November 6, 2015


An easy read that tells of a very simple, yet highly effective approach to leading people, instead of managing them.


Review posted November 2, 2015


Inspirational and practical tips on creating your professional development


Review posted September 2, 2015


Enjoyed this book. Had a lot of good points on providing positive leadership.


Review posted August 14, 2015


I really enjoyed this quick read that packs so much punch. I even shared it at a company retreat!


Review posted August 3, 2015


A bit of a corny read, but I enjoyed the way he used stories to illustrate his points.


Review posted June 9, 2015


Excellent book. Really gets to the heart of leadership. It was a perfect read for the place I am currently at in my career. Really made me think about how I approach my role as a leader and how I can better my role. Mark Sanborn uses great, real life examples to show the differences in leaders. This is a great book for any worker, no matter their title. I will definitely recommend this to my colleagues.


Review posted May 28, 2015


This book was a great read. It outlines practical steps to become and/or continue a life of leadership without the need of a title. It reminded me that it is about the daily actions and interactions with others that make individuals leaders.


Review posted April 11, 2015


This was an interesting read, about helping someone make positive differences.


Review posted April 8, 2015


Excellent style and content; a very good book.


Review posted March 25, 2015


Wonderfully helpful!


Review posted January 9, 2015


I never read "The Fred Factor" but now I want to do so. Mark Sanborn's "You Don't Need a Title to be a Reader" has been helpful in providing examples that educate others, especially our students, the qualities of being a good leader.