Book Review: The Leader Who Had No Title: A Modern Fable on Real Success in Business and in Life

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This is the first self-help business/ financial book I have read in a while.  I have been meaning to read it but never found the time to.  It was sitting on my bookshelf and I thought I should stop procrastinating so I picked it up.  Turns out it was a pretty easy read and very entertaining too.  Since I liked it so much and it pertains to leadership and business, I thought it would be relevant to review it here on Young and Thrifty.

In case you haven't heard of him, Robin Sharma is a very famous writer of leadership books.  He has also written The Monk Who Sold his Ferrari and The Greatness Guide, both books on leadership.  He has been hired by big companies such as Nike, General Electric, FedEx, and Microsoft to engage their employees and inspire leadership.  Although I haven't read his other books, I was quite impressed by this book, so I will put his other books on my reading list.  The interesting thing about this book is that he tells it through a story- I believe that hearing stories really helps people relate to the book- I think that is also why Findependence Day by Jon Chevreau was so good too and also why books like Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki was so wildly popular.the_leader_who_had_no_title

In the book The Leader Who Had No Title: A Modern Fable of Real Success in Business and in LIfe by Robin Sharma, he tells a story of a fictional character who was feeling really down in the dumps and directionless with what he was doing with his life.  He was late to work as a seller of books at the bookstore, and felt really bored at his job, dreading heading to work each shift he had.  It all started with his father who passed away.  The character had some unresolved issues pertaining to feeling close to people, trusting people, and finding his purpose in life.

He then meets this hobo-looking guy who turns out to be life changing for him- this guy knew his father and wanted to return his father's kindness, so he takes this young man under his wing.  He introduces the young man to a few pivotal people, who each teach him something important about leadership and what success means.

In the end, he learned that regardless of your position (you could be the custodian or housekeeper of a hotel for example) you can be a leader.  He also learned what habits the financially successful people cultivate and nurture to continue to be successful.

My Thoughts

Although I thought that some of the descriptors of the characters were a little bit exaggerated, nonrealistic, and cheesy (some of the dialogue was cheesy and there was some unrelated storyline about the leader character and the housekeeper who seemed to be very “friendly” with each other except they were just friends), I really enjoyed this book and it helped reinforce what I have been doing already and what I have been thinking already about leadership.  Haha, I am JUST that successful (joking!).  One of the key messages was that you can learn tools to shift from victimhood to leadership, and I agree with this wholeheartedly.

Too often, we become complacent about our situation and feel that there is nothing we can do about it.  I am a huge believer that we are all capable of change and although we cannot change others and the situation, we can change ourselves.  Another key message is that leaders and those who are successful cultivate and nurture a lot of time to themselves to focus on change and growth and to focus on their vision.  I personally need a lot of time to myself in order to do that too, and I especially enjoy the time to do this to reflect on where I am, to be grateful with what I have, and to figure out what I need to do to move forward.  Basically, I love organizing my life!

Essentially, this book was a nice reminder of some things I am already doing but also a good teacher on other things that I could be doing to improve my leadership skills.  I would recommend it if you like reading stories and you are feeling a little down with your current work situation.

Readers, have you read this book?  What do you think of the message?  What do you think of his other books?

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Young is a writer and former owner of Young and Thrifty and the main "twitter' behind Young and Thrifty's twitter account. She lives in Vancouver, BC and enjoys long walks on the beach, spending time with her anxious dog, and finding good deals. If you like what you read, consider signing up for email updates.

1 Comment

  1. Leonard @ The Wallet Doctor on March 28, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    This book sounds very interesting. I’ve found a lot of books like this can suffer from a few too many cheesy lines, but it sounds like the message is really great. Shifting away from victim thinking is a great thing to do no matter what. Thanks for the review!



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