A Book Review by Pio Granada
I took time to read Robin Sharma’s book “The Leader Who Had No Title.” Robin Sharma is an acclaimed author and lawyer whose expertise includes leadership, public speaking, and empowering others to live life to their fullest potential. He wrote a few other books that help and encourage people to be inspired in their daily lives and live out their destinies … one day at a time.
“The Leader Who Had No Title” got me curious because I was fascinated with the idea that leadership did not necessarily have to have a title of any shape or form. I wanted to discover how I, as a contributor to the work force, can make an impact to others through leadership.
Robin Sharma’s newest book is about how anyone at any point in life, can be leaders and take charge of their own lives even if they are not in a position of leadership. Eventually, these leaders practice leadership in their own organizations, no matter how low they are in the organizational hierarchy. By doing so, as they carry their own weight in the world, they push themselves to be better. This, in effect, helps the organization—and the world—to be a better place.
I find this book very interesting. I like it because it taught me that everyone can be a leader, no matter what their role is in the organization is. The lessons I learned from the book made me confident that I can be a leader in my own way, even if I don’t have a position or a title in the organization I work with.
Aside from this, I also like how Robin Sharma encourages everyone in a team, group, or company to own up to their responsibilities and even go beyond their job descriptions to help achieve a mission and vision. I believe that this does not just apply in the workplace, but also in pursuing personal goals.
The three most important concepts I learned from “The Leader Who Had No Title” are:
– Keep on Moving Forward (KMF)
– The Daily Five
– The First, the Most, the Only, and the Best (FMOB).
The idea of KMF encourages its readers to keep on moving forward, no matter how bad situations get and how hopeless circumstances are. According to Mr. Sharma, no matter what the problem is, the first step is always to move toward a solution. Otherwise, you will be stuck in the situation you don’t want. I find that instead of complaining and moping about a problem or setback, being solution-oriented is the best way to go. No matter how dire or hopeless I get in any of my life’s pitfalls, I just say to myself that things will get better—as long as I keep on moving forward, and sometimes fail forward. As I keep on moving forward, I am able to find solutions and ideas that can help propel me to success.
The Daily Five, according to Mr. Sharma, is the discipline of waking up every morning and listing the five most important things that have to be achieved during the day. Working on a Daily Five enables you to take specific steps be closer to your goal. Of course, you have to consider that these five daily goals need to be tangible and workable. You also need to remember and make it a point that all five goals are accomplished. On a more personal note, applying the Daily Five in my life simplifies my day into achieving five priority goals. This makes managing my time so much easier, while making scheduling and prioritizing things a less daunting task. I am better able to focus and achieve the tasks at hand. If ever life throws me a curveball and I am thrown off guard, my Daily Five helps me keep my eyes on the prize, so to speak, and have a “first things first” mentality.
Finally, FMOB (or “The First, the Most, the Only, and the Best”) is a special mindset that any aspiring leader has to embrace: knowing who you are and what you do best. Robin Sharma encourages his readers to make a point that they are the First, the Most, the Only, and the Best. Personally, I felt that I am pushed to be the best I can be in my chosen field of expertise, and that I can do anything in my own capacity. What I like about FMOB is the concept of creativity it encourages you to have. Even if what you do will always be similar to what your competitors are doing, imbibing the concept of the FMOB forces you out of the mold. Through this special practice, you’re encouraged to look for ways on how you can be the first one to do something in your competitive space, the most in some aspects, offering the most unique product/service proposition versus your competitors, and finally be the best amongst them. Basically, it’s being the most marketable and the most viable in your own field. Adopting “The First, the Most, the Only, and the Best” mindset in my daily life helps me to always offer something unique and of service to my customers. I am also pushed to be creative and be solution-oriented; always having my eyes open to possibilities in the future.
Contrasting “The Leader Who Had No Title” to other leadership books, I found that Robin Sharma’s characters are very relatable. I could find them so easy to connect with. I actually felt like I knew them personally! It is this aspect that made it easier for me to digest the concepts in the book and have some kind of emotional involvement with them. As I’ve mentioned earlier, I felt like most of the items discussed in the book hit very close to home. Because of the connective factor I had with the book’s characters, I was encouraged to take action almost immediately on the concepts that I thought were applicable in my life.