Dr Dayo Olomu's 40 Key Takeaways from the book The Leader Who Had No Title
June 19, 2017
My 40 Key Takeaways from “The Leader Who Had No Title: A Modern Fable on Real Success in Business and in Life" by Robin Sharma
“We all need to lead where we are planted and shine where we now find ourselves.” According to Robin Sharma, the author of The Leader Who Had No Title: A Modern Fable on Real Success in Business and in Life, anyone can be a leader.
About the book The book, “The Leader Who Has No Title” written by Robin Sharma brings out that anyone can be a leader. Most of us go to work with the mindset that to be a leader they need to work their way up the company ladder, get the title or position they seek, and then they can be leaders. This is the wrong approach according to Sharma. The story is good and somewhat engaging. The leadership principles that surface in the story make the book worth reading. The foundation principle is Self Leadership. Anyone who understands this can lead regardless of his or her official title in an organisation. According to Sharma, “leaders are those individuals who do the things that failures aren’t willing to do – even though they might not like doing them either.” Too many people pay the sad costs of mediocrity and forgo the spectacular rewards of being a leader. Blake Davis, the fictional hero in Robin Sharma’s The Leader Who Had No Title, gets his tips on leadership from his mentor, Tommy Flinn. Blake enlists in the army and sees action in Iraq, where many of his friends are killed. But this is not a book on the war in Iraq, so that phase of Blake’s life is dealt with in just a few paragraphs. The interpreting part of the story begins when the narrator, now working at a bookstore in Soho, comes across “a most curious stranger and the lessons he taught me in our all too brief time together shattered the limitations I’d been clinging to – exposing me to a whole new way of working and completely new ways of being.” Tommy engages Blake in four leadership conversations, which among other things, teach him how to work with and influence people like a superstar, regardless of one’s position. You need no title to be a leader: Success (business and personal) is something that’s consciously created. To lead without a title “you will have to be unrealistically persistent and wildly courageous.” Turbulent times build great leaders: Challenging times in both business and life give us great opportunities to learn and transform ourselves. “Problems and difficult days are actually good for you.” 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.” 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. 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.
My 40 Key Takeaways 1. You need to have passion to do any job. It is not the title that gives you respect but the amount of contribution you make to your work. Title gives you only authority. But the real leadership involves in walking the talk and leading from the front regardless of the area of activity you pursue. 2. When your devotion to doing great work is larger than your dedication to fortune and fame, your career will explode into high success. 3. Leadership isn’t just about doing the work. It’s about doing the work greatly. Quality trumps busy. 4. Leading Without a Title is about developing an aching need to make things better. 5. One of the best investments you will ever make is a staggering investment in relationships. 6. Every great finish was once a simple beginning. Start now. Small daily improvements, over time lead to stunning results. Relentless learning is one of the main traits of an open and powerful person. The best people always seem to have the biggest libraries. Sometimes we need to get off track before we can develop the clarity. Be master in your own trade whether you are a teacher, tailor or cobbler. Leadership is about leveraging hard times and using them to your advantage. The secret to moving through hard times is to keep moving forward. Great careers and great businesses are built by evolution. It is better to go down in fiery failure because you chased your loftiest ambitions than to spend your best hours watching television in some subdivision. Initiative and hard work is the warm-up act for a headliner called success. Being nice isn’t being weak. Please don’t confuse kindness with weakness. 18. Leadership begins and ends with 3 words: Absolute Personal Responsibility. 19. The things that you schedule are the things that get done. 20. The thoughts that you think today determine the results you’ll see tomorrow. 21. Expecting your dreams to come true without doing daily acts to make them happen is like hoping for a big harvest – but planting zero seeds. 22. Be the Mick Jagger of the mailroom, the Warren Buffet of bookkeeping and the Bono of stapler selling. 23. Passion is the secret sauce that makes the impossible probable. 24. You become who you drink coffee with. So associate with world-class people. 25. Run your own race. Who cares what others are doing? Only question to ask yourself is “Am I progressing?” 26. Your next level of resistance carries your next level of growth and excellence. 27. Be a minimalist. Less is more. Focus on the best - release the rest. 28. If you try you might but if you don’t you won’t. 29. Success is driven via evolution versus revolution. Small daily innovations stack up into stunning results over the passage of time. 30. When you do your work in the spirit of uncommon helpfulness and dazzling sincerity, doors you never knew existed fly wide open. 31. The less you worry about being successful and the more you devote to doing genius-level work, the more successful you’ll become. 32. Leadership is a bold stand for being your absolute best. 33. Every 60-minutes ask yourself: “What’s the most valuable thing for me to do right now?” 34. A great dream without a great team is worthless. 35. Stop reciting your problems and start presenting your solutions. 36. We all wish we had more time yet we waste the time we have. 37. The way you start you day determines how well you will live your day. 38. You can’t craft a superb future by remaining stuck in your past. 39. We are blind to our blind spots. We see the world not as it is but as we are. 40. You are a leader, no matter what you do in your life either with title or without a title, you are still a leader. 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.
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