Today, I spoke to Robin Sharma. Robin is the author of The Leader Who Had No Title. Robin is one of the world’s most highly respected leadership experts and a man devoted to the mission of helping organizations develop people who Lead Without a Title so they win in this period of intense change. His clients include Microsoft, GE, FedEx, IBM, Nike, NASA, Yale University and The Young Presidents Organization. Sharma’s books such as The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari and The Greatness Guide have topped bestseller lists across the globe and have sold millions of copies in more than seventy languages. They have also been embraced by rock stars, royalty and many celebrity CEOs.
Robin is one of the top 5 leadership speaker award (source: speaking.com) and top 5 leadership guru (source: leadershipgurus.net).
Mohammed: I’m a big fan of “Lead Without Title” mindset, do you think managers and CEOs will lose some charisma (self-respect) by being humble? How the world will change if we lead without titles?
Robin: I actually think managers will gain more respect if they derive their power from their performance and excellence versus from the title on their business cards.
The world would transform if we all became Leaders Without a Title because each one of us would make the leap from victimhood into leadership. We would no longer say we can’t influence others by our example of excellence or claim we are powerless to drive change just because we have no formal authority.
Mohammed: How has technology changed the way you communicate with your audience? For today’s leaders, how can they leverage social media tools to lead their followers online as well as offline?
Robin: Technology has allowed me to deeply connect with my readers from around the world. Even more importantly, it has allowed me to deliver more ideas and a rich stream of value to many more people.
In the past, it could take decades to share a message with a broad audience and build a community. Now, it can be done in a few good months via Twitter or FaceBook or YouTube. It’s never been easier to influence and have an impact.
Mohammed: What is the one essential thing that everyone has to know about today’s leadership?
Robin: The old model of leadership is dead. Anyone serious about winning in business now needs to get that leadership 2.0 is all about Leading Without a Title. This means innovating where you’re at, driving the change you most wish to see and being the most positive person in the room… regardless of your position or title.