Looking at LinkedIn contacts and all the inflated titles.

Being 'just' a product manager feels low when every one has directors and senior managers and associate directors in their title.

Maybe I'm just behind

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I bet you there is so much inflation. People will judge you based on your merits mainly, and an inflated title doesn't get you promotions when you actually have a job/doesn't make you better at it. I think it's so much better to deliver/over-deliver than to fake big-ness.

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Exactly this. When I've interviewed PMs at my prior places I only cared about the Products they shipped. No ship? No attention from me. My response whenever I was asked why I don't look at the title much was that if they are a product person they will do product stuff and get results. If I don't see results and achievement related to the craft then they aren't practicing the craft.

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I know more than one product management rotator list product leader on LinkedIn. IMHO, ignore and move on.

Oh man, I really know what you're feeling. I try to redirect to: am I happy with where I am? Usually it's actually a yes. If it's a no, I'm like ohhh it wasn't about those people.

Don't worry, everyone loves to exaggerate and inflate their importance on LinkedIn. PMs especially so. I can't tell you how many people put "Head of Product" as their title when they're a PM 2 or something. It's not something I like about the field but par for the course in PM

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