Guess What? You are NOT Your Title!

Picture this. You are at a networking event. Business cards in hand. Ready to make new contacts. How do you introduce yourself? What is your conversation starter?

Like most people it’s probably this: “My name is… I’m a… (fill in the blank with your job title!)

You are Not Your Title!

We often fall into the trap of identifying ourselves by our job title. While this is a valid representation of what we do, it actually groups us into the same category as everyone else doing the same type of job.

Bottom line: YOU ARE NOT YOUR JOB TITLE.

Perhaps CEOs (or any CxO for that matter) would be miffed at hearing this as they have worked extremely hard to get to the top and earn that title.

But guess what CEO, COO, CFO, CIO, CMO? At the end of the day, that title of yours really means nothing. CxOs are a dime a dozen and beyond the initial ‘wow factor’ that you might receive by telling someone you are Chief ‘Something’ Officer, that is where it ends. That fancy title actually ‘commodifies’ you even at the executive level, and people simply do not get excited about commodities!

Ditch the Title and Lead with Your Personal Brand

I was recently part of an amazing 30 day leadership blogathon sponsored by Todd Nielsen where I focused on the topic of how to lead with your personal brand.

Click here to learn 10 steps to ditch the title and lead with a powerful brand that differentiates your from everyone else!

 

About the author

Peter Sterlacci Peter Sterlacci is known as “Japan’s personal branding pioneer.” In a country where fitting-in is the norm, Peter’s mission is to pioneer a ‘cultural shift’ by helping Japanese to stand out in a global environment. An avid cyclist, he combines cycling imagery with personal branding strategy to empower his clients to shift gears and sprint to career success. Follow Peter on Google+