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128 pages
Sep 2006
WaterBrook Press

You Don't Need a Title to Be a Leader: How Anyone, Anywhere, Can Make a Positive Difference

by Mark Sanborn

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At only 104 pages, You Don't Need a Title to Be a Leader by Mark Sanborn can be read in just two or three hours, depending on how many times you pause to highlight or underline a key phrase. Doubleday is issuing a secular version of this book, so get the version published by WaterBrook if you want the biblical inserts and Christian references. Sanborn, a motivational speaker, is the author of The Fred Factor, which was a top seller last year among business executives and entrepreneurs.

Whereas there is nothing really earthshakingly new in Be a Leader (for a fact, some of its anecdotes and illustrations, such as the optimist and pessimist twin brothers story, are terribly old and worn out), the information here is well organized, solid, and easily understood. In a nutshell, Sanborn's message is that any person who finds a worthy challenge in life, stays focused on the key tasks at hand, remains passionate, and deals with others in moral and ethical ways will be someone who will find inner satisfaction and, most often, external success. This is not to say that Sanborn claims accomplishing this is easy. It's not, and that is why a lot of his book is dedicated to teaching readers how to establish priorities, reduce stress, explore options, and work well with people.

Sanborn is often aggressive in attacking long-established beliefs. For example, he firmly endorses the art of selling, and believes that anyone who is passionate about a cause or product or service should master the art of selling. Many people think that selling is an act of coercion or manipulation, but Sanborn disagrees. He sees selling as the process of sharing with people the excitement and benefits of whatever item or project a person stands behind wholeheartedly.

Sanborn is a pragmatist. He is enthusiastic about brainstorming and imaginative thinking only so far as such acts lead to bottom line accomplishments. Leaders, he insists, are results oriented. If you have nothing to show for your daydreams, you are not a leader. To that end, he talks about how to remain goal oriented, how to evaluate feedback, how to learn from mistakes, and how to assemble a team to join with you in establishing your mission or reaching your professional destination.

For all its readability in regard to content, Leade is an extremely poorly edited book in regard to writing mechanics. I appreciated the lessons found in this book, but I did not admire the slipshod way the manuscript was written. – Dr. Dennis E. Hensley, Christian Book

Book Jacket:

In his inspiring new book, You Don’t Need a Title to Be a Leader, Mark Sanborn, the author of the national bestseller The Fred Factor, shows how each of us can be a leader in our daily lives and make a positive difference, whatever our title or position.

Through the stories of a number of unsung heroes, Sanborn reveals the keys each one of us can use to improve our organizations and enhance our careers.

Genuine leadership – leadership with a “little l”, as he puts it, is not conferred by a title, or limited to the executive suite. Rather, it is shown through our everyday actions and the way we influence the lives of those around us. 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

As readers across the country discovered in The Fred Factor, Mark Sanborn has an unparalleled ability to explain fundamental business and leadership truths through simple stories and anecdotes. You Don’t Need a Title to Be a Leader offers an inspiring message to anyone who wants to take control of their life and make a positive difference.