Friday, 29 June 2012

The Leader Who Had No Title!

Book Mark : The Leader Who Had No Title!
- Robin Sharma

When you go to  a book shop, you will feel a strangely depressing similarity in self help books. The celebrated author Robin Sharma is a notable exception, who took 15 years to produce a well-thought out product:  'The Leader Who Had No Title' 

Is this a self-help book? Or a peppy conversation? Or is it a story with powerful characters?  You cannot portray it in any isolated form, but a blend of success. The eminent writer has redefined leadership.  Anyone can read this 200-page script to make a positive contrast to his/her life.

Do you believe in an emotional story studded with powerful techniques for achieving the best in your career and life?

Having already read Robin Sharma’s success master piece “The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari”, I enthusiastically grabbed  “The Leader Who Had No Title”, which I recently received as a gift.  

World renowned leadership master Robin Sharma is distinctly known for fable-dialogue-presentation format, where he instantly synchronises you, the reader, with the first main character (Blake), and Tommy is your mentor.  Tommy responsively escorts you to four very powerful human beings for further journey.  The four pillars of success techniques  present  their acronym prescriptions like SHINE, HUMAN, SPARK, IMAGE with plenty of inspiring insights .... 

The story relates to four major thoughts:
  • You need no title to be a leader
  • To be a great leader, first become a great person
  • Turbulent times build exceptional leaders
  • The deeper your relationships, the stronger your leadership
The author frequently keeps using the acronyms like LWT (Leader Without Title), BIW (Best in World), to sample a few.  Plenty of anecdotes, real-life situations, techniques, qualifying statements occupy the quality space. You will  often entertain the statement "You don't need to have a title to show leadership", which is not to be misread for redundancy, but only the author's intent to reinforce the message.  The author himself confirms "good coaching does involve the repetition of the laws of success".  His easy-to-follow actionable steps is straight away inspiring. One wonders if Robin Sharma knows the reader more than the reader knows himself!

Soon as you start reading the book it will be interestiing to observe that you will easily identify some of the true-life situations with your friends, colleagues,  family members  and, of course, not the least, your own self.    The author thus  creates a friendly ambience and helps readers obtain all clarifications. When you start making self-introspection, then you have really gone into the book!

A few captivating quotes:

"Victims recite problems; leaders present solutions".
"Each of us is born in to genius; sadly most of us die amid mediocrity".
"Worrying about things beyond your control is a pretty good formula for illness".
"In the middle of difficulty is opportunity".
"It is no longer an excuse to say you don't have a high rank, so you don't need to take ownership for the results of the orgnisation".
"In work - and in life in general - you need to pay the price of success before you get all the rewards due to you".
"The best way to help poor people is to make sure you don't become one".
"Leadership isn't just for CEOs, military generals, and people who govern nations;  leadership  is for everyone".
"Lucky breaks are nothing more than unexpected rewards for intelligent choices we have chosen to make".
"There is a large difference between being alive and knowing how to live".
"A number of studies have confirmed that it takes 10,000 hours to become a master at something".

Plenty more ..... But then reader interest needs to be sustained!

Though the book stimulates everyone to become a LWT, equally is it valid for the existing leaders, should they feel inadequate. If you care for career and life, believe in discipline, this should be your hand book to be read, and re-read.  Robin Sharma, as always his wont, keeps the text and dialogue reader-friendly, nay leader-friendly. True, what I admire in |Robin Sharma is that he is not sadistic to use verbal monstrosity, chase you and stay glued to the lexicon, which many a time loathes to continue the read.

If you are new to success coach books, you couldn't have asked for a better title.  Catch it young, as later you may retrospectively regret for the delay.


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