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Does Your Title Matter?

By Doug Franklin October 11, 2012

You have heard the old saying, ‘the leader in the room is the person everyone is looking at.’ Often times I have noticed that groups don’t always look at the “Leader” or the person with a title as the leader. They look to the person they trust the most and the person they think can actually get the job done. So why do titles matter? I think because some people are still leading out of positional leadership and not out of authentic leadership. If you think people should follow you because they call you the “youth pastor” then you are in for disappointment. People will only consider you the leader when you live the mission, listen to concerns, and care for people. You could even be a youth pastor superstar but followers don’t care. Getting by on your teaching skills will not make you are leader. So do you have a problem with people not willing to listen to you and follow your direction? Do the parents and church leadership have concerns about your leadership? If you do, you may need to think of ways to change your leadership style because your title is not working for you.

About the Author

Doug Franklin

Doug Franklin is the president of LeaderTreks, an innovative leadership development organization focusing on students and youth workers. Doug and his wife, Angie, live in West Chicago, Illinois. They don’t have any kids, but they have 2 dogs that think they are children. Diesel and Penelope are Weimaraners  who never leave their side. Doug grew up in…  Read More