THE LEADER WITHOUT A TITLE
The world today hungers for technology and inspiration. This is evident by the generous availability of inspirational books in every bookshop even in countries where ordinary books are rare.
Robin Sharma’s The Leader Who Had No Title, a 2010 title that is 200-page long makes the list of those inspirational books on the shelves worldwide.
Sharma has been a leadership adviser to about 500 companies including Microsoft, GE, Nike, FedEx, IBM and Yale University to mention a few.
In the story, the main character, Blake, takes us through his journey to discovering life’s simple rules to success through his conversations with four people who help him shape his life and leads him to greatness by sharing secrets of wisdom.
Each of these individuals work in a low position, which would not be considered as leadership positions. Each conversation brings out key principles that can help “ordinary” people become true leaders.
In chapter four of the book titled ‘You Need No Title to be a Leader’, Sharma emphasises on four natural powers to follow.
Natural power number one says ‘every one of us alive has the power to go to work each day and express the absolute best within us and you need no title’.
Natural power number two says ‘every one of us alive today has the power to inspire, influence and elevate each person we meet by the gift of a great example and you need no title to do that’.
Natural power number three; ‘every one of us alive can passionately drive positive change in the face of negative conditions. And you need no title to do that’.
Natural power number four says ‘every one of us alive who has the truth about leadership, can treat all stakeholders with respect, appreciation and kindness and in so doing, raise the organisation’s culture to the best of breeds. And you need no title to do that’.
To lead without a title, ‘you will have to be unrealistically persistent and wildly courageous’.
Turbulent times build great leaders; meaning that challenging times in both business and life give us great opportunities to learn and transform ourselves.
His emphasis on how difficult times never last but strong people always do and this is very true and practical. The quote that stands out the most for me in this chapter is, ‘Problems and difficult days are actually good for you’.
Chapter six introduces us to the concept of relationships and leadership; ‘the deeper your relationships, the stronger your leadership’.
“Leave every single person who intersects your path better, happier, and more engaged than you found them,” because time spent forming deep relationships in all aspects of life will pay dividends down the road.
To be a great leader, first become a great person. Training and strengthening your inner leader will help you perform at extraordinary levels.
The key is learning to lead yourself because in our world, we define success by the things we have, not by the people we’ve become. The more self-awareness we develop, the more likely we are to grow and help others.
If you are looking for practical ways to improve your leadership and your ability to make a difference where you’re at now, this book is a must-read.
Sharma presents the seven fundamentals of personal leadership, which include learning. It is very wise to read books, which inspire us, strengthen our character and remind us of the greatest leaders in our world.
Affirming yourself by consistent repetition of positive statements is also one of the great ways to re-script limiting beliefs and failure.
Visualising the future is also one of the greatest ways to achieve personal leadership. All outer achievements begin within the mind.
Some might think writing in a journal is childish and girly but it actually helps one become a clearer thinker to build massive amounts of self-awareness and to record intended outcomes.
Setting and then reconnecting with your goals is also a powerful success discipline. Goals generate positive hope and energy. Exercise and nutrition are also very important as they help boost performance at work and manage your stress.
Sharma has also written other best sellers including The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, Who Will Cry When You Die, The Saint, The Surfer and The CEO Hardcover. He has also written four other books on self-transformation. PF