Posted by: kerrywills | August 11, 2017

Do titles matter?


I work with some people who believe in announcing their organizational titles: they introduce themselves on calls with them and have them displayed on their e-mail signatures. Sometimes they even list out every area of responsibility and start to sound like Daenerys Targaryenfrom from Game of Thrones.

I have mixed feelings about communicating titles. On one hand it allows people to understand who they are talking to, what level in the organization they are and their area of responsibility. In fact, in many interactions with new people, one of the first things that I do is look up their name in the company directory to get a sense of their areas of responsibility.

On the other hand, I do not believe that people should treat me a certain way based on my title but rather my experience, insight and contributions. Because of this I do not state my title or have it in my e-mail signature. Now, if I was the king of dragons that may be worth stating because that is just awesome…

 

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