It’s incredible how many people believe that people will automatically respect and listen to them once they obtain a particular title or level of leadership.
People who operate from a traditional concept of position & title believe that a large amount of power is granted to them based on their title alone. Leaders who operate from a positional standpoint alone are often unable to look beyond the roles and responsibilities of the title to see how their performance, attitude, and general behavior affect others.
Their lower emotional intelligence may perceive others as lesser, using manipulation to acquire influence while further reducing the integrity and the trust others place in them.
As a leader, you can gain more influence by tapping into the “heart” of your team. We need fewer title-driven leaders and more influential leaders because, as a leader, you can positively or negatively impact a person’s character and behavior, a responsibility that should never be taken for granted.