Stop and take a moment to think. I bet there is someone in your life that amazes you and that you look up to. They do not have a fancy title or anything, but they are always doing selfless acts without a second thought. After reading this book you will realize that these people are leaders that as Sanborn says “You Don’t Need a Title to Be a Leader.”
A leader is an extraordinary individual who shows encouragement, exhibits friendly behavior, listens attentively, gives without wanting something, and has the ability to assess and initiate things single-handedly. These people make every effort to go for what is just slightly out of reach. They might not be noticed or praised for what they have done; they do it to make a positive difference in the world with or without a title.
Sanborn believes that nothing is too small, and all the choices that are made have a ripple effect on everyone. Leaders are not out to make themselves happy, they are here to make a positive difference. In addition, having firm moral and ethical character is more memorable than any person with a title could be. As Sanborn writes, “Fame is based on what we get in life, but true greatness is based on what we give in life. It is contribution through action” (Sanborn, 2006, p. 14).
There are many different powers of leadership: Self-mastery is where it all begins. Self-mastery tells us that we should not let what we cannot control, control us, but instead master it and use it to our advantage. Even though things begin to look out-of-control, remind yourself that as an effective leader you should think of these situations as “opportunities rather than an obligation” (Sanborn, 2006, p. 29).
We have the option of how we want to live our lives; however, as a true leader, serving the needs of others comes before your own personal needs. In doing this, a genuine leader helps others find fulfillment, and just like anyone else, there are times leaders need motivation as well. They imagine the future, find someone to look up too and to be inspired by, learn from difficult situations and take time to step back and see all there is to be thankful for in life. Mentors help others pursue their goals
As Sanborn tells us about the six principles or powers, we cannot focus on just one. As a good leader we will intertwine all of these powers in order to do great things. For instance, the power of focus, tells us that we do not have to be an Einstein to be successful. You just have to have the drive to strive forward. We can be...