My wife and my kids could care less about the title on my business card. They aren’t impressed by the superficial things or how important I may or may not think I am. What they REALLY care about is how important THEY are to me and whether I example it in my actions versus just my words.
Do I spend good, quality time with them or do I put a higher priority on time spent on other things? Do I put their needs first? Do I make them feel like I truly care?
That’s what really matters.
The same goes for those we work with. Yeah, the person with the heftier title carries more weight in being able to sign the check or fire someone but at the end of the day… a title alone will only go so far. It’s how we treat others that makes the difference. If we show them we care by giving them our time and focusing on serving their needs then they will care for us more in return. And, that word “care” translates to increased loyalty and team engagement… necessities for any organization or initiative to thrive.
As Mark Sanborn said, “You don’t need a title to be a leader.” What you do need though, if you want to be effective, is a genuine desire to care for others. That’s done best when we stop trying to put the focus on us and shift it onto them.