Be wary of people that push for inflated titles for their own self-interests. It’s a sign that they are self-focused and a harbinger of all sorts of bad things to come. On the other hand, welcome discussions about the scope of their role and its inter-dependencies with others. While the right title may be a communication shortcut, role definition is an essential component of getting the right job done right in collaboration with others.
As I’ve said throughout this series, executive onboarding is the key to accelerating success and reducing risk in a new job. People generally fail in new executive roles because of poor fit, poor delivery or poor adjustment to a change down the road. They accelerate success by 1) getting a head start, 2) managing the message, 3) setting direction and building the team and 4) sustaining momentum and delivering results. Those pushing for inflated titles have fit, delivery and adjustment risks.