Maxwell does it again! For those of you who know me, to say that I am a huge John Maxwell fan is an understatement! If John writes something or communicates something, I get it. I would recommend you doing the same. The 5 Levels of Leadership was a great read. John Maxwell has been teaching the 5 Levels for over 30 years and finally put it into book form.
Anyone who is a leader or desires to become one needs to read this book. John teaches us that there are 5 levels of leadership and we are all on different levels in our personal journeys and also on different levels with all of the people we lead.
The 5 Levels:
Level 1: Position (Rights) – People follow you because they have to.
Level 2: Permission (Relationships) – People follow you because they want to.
Level 3: Production (Results) – People follow you because of what you have done for the organization.
Level 4: People Development (Reproduction) – People follow you because of what you have done for them.
Level 5: Pinnacle (Respect) – People follow you because of who you are and what you represent.
Think about people you follow. Aren’t there some people you follow because you have to (they are your boss!). Aren’t there some people you follow because you like them and naturally want to follow them? Then at another level, don’t you follow people because of what they have accomplished in life? Then there are those we follow because they are willing to invest in and develop us (Level 4). Finally, there are level 5 leaders. Examples of level 5 leaders would be: Mandela, John Wooden, Mother Theresa, and Gandhi. We follow them because of who they are and what they represent.
John walks you through the pros and cons of each level as well as how to grow to the next level in very practical steps.
The book was eye-opening for me. For me, Getting to level 2 is easy, I am naturally great with people. However, To go to level 3 and 4, I am going to have to work hard to produce results and to develop people. As I continue to grow as a leader, I’ll be coming back to this book often to help me grow to the next level of leadership with the people I lead.
Bottom line: Get this book.
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