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Associate Director of Campus Activities, The Catholic University of America

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Titles are essential for leadership

We have all been taught that you don't need a title to be a leader but no one I've interacted with actually believes that. We look to those with titles as the leaders.
Leadership is about relationships and titles help define the relationship you have to someone or something.
Every relationship has a title and every relationship needs leadership skills and knowledge to help it grow - thus every relationship title is a leadership title. Employee, sister, father, stranger, student, musician, cousin, roommate, pilot, supervisor, American, homeowner, etc. These are all titles and if people viewed them as leadership titles maybe we'd take more responsibility for the influence we have in those roles.

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    Sep 19 2012: Surely we can name some proven successful leaders who have/had no title? If you define occupation as a title then everyone with a job has a title and is therefor a leader? Your suggestion seems to make every living person a leader. Infants don't lead. Comatose people don't lead. I do not think titles are essential to leadership. I also do not think titles are proof of leadership. I think there is nothing more than arbitrary protocol behind titles.
    • Sep 19 2012: I do suggest that everyone is a leader. Doesn't mean they are effective as a leader. Doesn't mean they are having a positive influence on others. Doesn't even mean they are aware of the role they have. How you lead is up to you and the influence you have over others is up to those you are leading. You can't change the fact you are a leader - you can change the adjective that goes in front of the word leader.
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        Sep 19 2012: The adjective for me is "disoriented". Do not follow me. So you contend that infants; people in comas; insane people and hermits are leaders? Your conclusion that all leaders (which all people are) need titles is supported by what propositions? Please state them for the debate. A syllogism would be helpful.
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          Sep 19 2012: infants, people in comas, insane people, and hermits can be leaders in the form of icons or emotional figures like that.

          But that's getting really abstract lol

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