Years ago, I worked with a man who felt entitled by his title. I can still recall him slamming the phone down once saying, “Doesn’t she know who I am? You don’t treat a vice-president like that!” Even after all these years, I can still hear his words and see his body language.
I have never been one to put much focus or importance on a title. To me it has always been about the individual and who they are in their role, and in thinking of myself and my career choices, it has been more about the nature of the work and responsibilities. Having said that, I am also a realist and, like many, work in a hierarchical organization where titles and levels are important.
Simply put, titles and levels are needed as decisions must be taken, processes put into place and managed, and leaders need to lead. They are not intended to create a power to ‘lord’ over others nor do they make the person. The true power comes from within, from respect, from relationships, and ultimately, it comes from working with others. We are all, after all, equals as human beings.
A title is what you do and not who you are.
Thank you, Lord, for the reminder that we are all equals, regardless of where we sit. Amen. — DR