Do titles matter?
If they do, then why are so many people with such big titles unable to make decisions in their organizations? If they don’t, then why does everyone seem to want a bigger and more grandiose title?
Maybe it makes us feel good at the summer cookout when we can say we’re the “Executive Senior Vice President of (fill in the blank)”. And people go “wow – now that sounds impressive”. But does it matter?
It might matter to some external aristocrat who won’t take a meeting with anyone below a Vice-President (yes they are out there), but internal to the organization – the place that actually pays you, does having a title help you be effective?
For some it may, but for many, I wonder.
So, would you rather have a title or influence?