Everyday Leadership

The first thing to understand about authority is that there are two kinds – ascribed and earned. When people say they don’t have authority (because they don’t have a title), what they’re talking about is ascribed authority. But titles say nothing about earned authority.


Can you lead without a title? Absolutely. It takes just as much work as leading with a title.

Titles, especially the good ones, suggest that a level of authority and trust will come with them and that people will respect and follow you. But what happens if they don’t or if you don’t have the fancy title? Can you still lead? 

Leading without authority (working without an official title) is one of the most important skills to master as a young leader.

But what everyone who has ever had a title knows, that the title doesn’t do the hard work of leading. Only you can do it. Sometimes the title helps. Other times it hurts – depending on the culture and context where you find yourself in a leadership role.

Titles mean something.  Team Leader, Manager, Supervisor, Vice-President- they are all titles bestowed on those who are called by an organisation to lead.  

They have the official duties and responsibilities that go with the title.

John Maxwell says leadership is influence. If that is true, are the people with the titles the only ones called to lead?  No.  The title gives them some positional authority, but leaders are needed at every level of an organization.

What you will learn:

  • Compare and contrast the workplace roles of an individual contributor and a manager, and identify the new mind-set
  • Required for making the transition  Gain skills needed to boost relationships and work well with others, listen to learn, Inquire for Insight, develop trust and express confidence
  • Practice the essential skills for conversations using real-work situation
  • Learn to lead regardless of your title or authority 


  • Improved success rates for budding managers
  • Improved team productivity
  • Individuals are better prepared for a challenging transition
  • Participants have the opportunity to learn and practice the essential skills
  • Individuals are more centred and supportive of their team right from the start

Who should attend?

Everyday leadership is for every employee who works for an organization, not just the anointed ones. When you develop leaders this way, you always have people ready for promotion that can and will lead.