The Leader Who Had No Title

 

The Leader Who Had No Title 
Author Robin Sharma
Title The Leader Who Had No Title
Subtitle A Modern Fable on Real Success in Business and in Life
Category Leadership
           
ISBN/ EAN
1439109133 / 978-1439109137  
Publisher Free Press
Country USA
Published 28-Dec-2010
No of Pages 224


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Summary

One of the world‟s most widely read authors on leadership and personal success, Robin Sharma shares the philosophy that has made him a famous business consultant amongst some of the best companies globally (Microsoft, Nike, Starbucks, IBM, FedEx to name only a few) for over fifteen years. “The leader who had no title” is his latest international best seller.

In a business fable style, Sharma‟s message in the book is intriguingly simple and ground-breaking at the same time: there is only one way a business will win in the new world of business today and that is by growing and developing the leadership talent of every single person throughout the organization. Developing the leadership skills of only those that have leader titles in the company (like most organizations do), can no longer be afforded. Everyone, according to the author, carries a natural disposition and strength to lead, regardless of title, age, nationality. To be an effective leader, one must firstly lead oneself exceptionally well. The book is an inspiring guide to taking all those steps that help achieve mastery at work and life more widely.

The story begins with Blake Davis, a 30-year-old war veteran, struggling to let go of fierce experiences of the past and make a new start to his life working in a local book-shop. Early on, optimum performance at any work is more widely discussed as a vehicle to deep inner satisfaction through creativity and self-realization, beyond any title can express. Tommy, the man who unexpectedly walks in his bookstore one day and transforms Blake‟s life there on, introduces him to the LWT (Lead Without a Title) philosophy.

Through the consequent conversations with four champions in their domain, key principles of true leadership at any level emerge. To summarize their views, each leader, refers to an acronym:
IMAGE: Innovation, Mastery, Authenticity, Guts, Ethics
SPARK: Speak with Candor, Prioritize, Adversity Breeds Opportunity, Respond versus React, Kudos for Everyone
HUMAN: Helpfulness, Understanding, Mingle, Amuse, Nurture
SHINE: See Clearly, Health is Wealth, Inspiration Matters, Neglect Not Your Family, Elevate Your Lifestyle

An enjoyable read, “The leader who had no title” is awe to the ensemble of traits that most prominently define great leaders, as great people. All in all, an undoubtedly motivational story.

Contributed by: Andria Antoniadou