leadership—extending their influ- ence for the benefit of others, creating true leaders following behind. John C. Maxwell's 5 Levels of. Leadership are: 1. Position. The Five Levels of Leadership. Personhood. RESULTS People follow you because of who you are & what you represent. People Development. AN EXECUTIVE BOOK SUMMARY BY SHANNON DUNNINGTON The 5 Levels of Leadership: *NOTE: I read this book using a Kobo e-reader Proven Steps to.

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John Maxwell is an American author, speaker, and pastor. Author of over 60 books, mostly known for his theory on leadership. In his book, The 5 Levels of. In his book, The 5 Levels of Leadership, John C. Maxwell presents a model of Note: The first section of questions for each leadership level is the same. Read "The 5 Levels of Leadership Proven Steps to Maximize Your Potential" by John C. Maxwell available from Rakuten Kobo. Sign up today and get $5 off your .

We assure you, your employees will work harder and better as they feel mutual support, trust and respect. Simple: you cannot fake production, and you have to produce results to be able to grow as a leader. To boost productivity, focus on tasks that yield the greatest returns, and eliminate everything that might slow, or even limit your productivity. On this level you will face hard decisions, taking responsibility and accountability for mistakes. When you get to this stage, the relationships with your employees will change, since not everyone will follow you on the path to higher productivity.

There you will move from leading a productive team to creating a leadership culture. In other words, you get to level 4 when you have developed your employees from followers to leaders.

Invest in people — they are the only resources that do not depreciate. We will not lie to you, reaching high levels of leadership is no easy thing to do.

You need to know in which level you are at the moment, so you can know what to focus on. For example, many leaders who reach level 4 continue focusing on increasing production, when they should be training future leaders instead.

When you are a level 4 leader, you are at the top of a pyramid of leaders you created. The company reaps benefits from all those leaders.

So take your time and build your pyramid. Be ready to work hard, since working with people and motivating them to develop may be the most laborious task you will face. You will reach level 5 by never stopping the learning process, training the best people, and fighting your own fears and insecurities. At level 5 your main goal is defining leadership, practicing what you preach, developing leaders, and thus creating a leadership culture.

Try to think of what leadership should be, and create a legacy.

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Most leaders may not make it this far, or they reach this level late in their careers. The important thing to note is that when you reach this level if you do, you will influence not only your organization but the whole society.

Leadership Production Level 3 leaders are examples breakers, and makers Leadership Production is types of people in the business to their people as well. Level 3 leaders ment becomes easier in Level 3, the 2. Productive leaders feel a are responsible actual leadership itself does not. Being productive can ship. Production Leadership ple. Understand how your personal gifted- return—the key to being productive is naturally follow ness contributes to the vision—figure out prioritizing.

Effective Level 3 leaders not leaders stronger where your true strengths lie.

Begin to develop your people into a 6. People are an organi- 4. Practice the Pareto Principle 1. Be the team member you want on 9. Accept your role as Change Agent For Discussion: your team Translate personal productivity into How does one balance leadership leading others and 3.

Cast vision continually 5. Build your team 6. Use momentum to solve problems 7. Level 4 building-leadership-development.

Background Levels of Leadership

Maxwell suggests that two things always happen on Level 4: People follow because of what 1. There is a very high level of team- you have done for them. People Development sets zation the best chance for 4. People Development em- you apart from most lead- sustaining success and growth.

People Development pro- 2. The Downside of Level 4 People Development requires a result, people development ment—be willing high level of maturity and skill. Peo- does not happen. Insecurity can make lead- term mindset. Lack of commit- sides to this level.

People Development—do ment can keep 1. To develop leaders, level. Understanding these you must create a GROWTH—To statements will help you have leadership culture—a add growth, lead the best chance at making it at culture that cultivates followers—to the top. Level 5 leaders is one that multiply, lead 1.

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Developing leaders is a work—developing others life commitment, not For Discussion: In what ways can Guide to Growing through Level 4 you make people- Maxwell suggests the following to help you 7. Never work alone plan your growth: 8. Blend the soft and hard sides of devel- development a 1. Be willing to keep growing yourself opment lifestyle?

How 2. Decide that people are worth the 9. Take responsibility for energizing oth- would this lifestyle effort ers change your team, 3.

Work through your insecurities Remain approachable as a leader, role model, and coach business or 4. Recruit the best people you can to develop organization?

Commit to spend the time needed to develop leaders 6.

Level 5 leaders develop Level 5 organiza- tions. Developing followers to lead on their resent.

Being on the Pinnacle can few to no downsides of Level 5, organization lead you to believe your this is not the case on the Pinnacle 3. Being on the Pinnacle can derful thing! Pinnacle Leadership cre- 1. Do things for the organization that mentoring. Plan for your succession—leave a suc- surpass him or her in knowledge and abil- cessor, and leave before you have to. Manske Jr. Leave a positive legacy—make the right 2.

Continually mentor potential Level 5 als through a lifelong process decisions along the way so a positive legacy leaders can be left! Identify and create the crucial leader- 4. Expose them to other people and Leaders evaluate ship lessons they must learn organizations that will impact them— everything with 2.

A classroom teacher. A volunteer coordinator. A parent. But where are you on your leadership journey, and where do you go from here?

Over my years of teaching about leadership, that question exists at the heart of so many leaders. Everyone wants to know where they stand and how to get to the next level. And you are probably no different!

I wanted to help leaders understand and increase their effectiveness. And while there is more to this teaching than space in this blog, today I want to offer a general overview of the 5 Levels as a reminder that you are still on your way as a leader — and so am I!

So feel free to bookmark this page or print it out as a quick guide for your journey as a leader. After all, anyone can be appointed to a position!


While nothing is wrong with having a leadership position, everything is wrong with relying only on that position to get people to follow. At Level 1, people only follow if they believe that they have to. People who remain on the position level may find it difficult to work with volunteers. They truly only follow if they want to. But the news is not all bad about this level. It is a prime place for you to begin investing in your growth and potential as a leader. Level 2 — Permission Level 2 is based on relationship.

At this level, people choose to follow because they want to.You Level 5: When you are a level 4 leader, you are at the top of a pyramid of leaders you created.

The 5 Levels of Leadership

Positional leaders place 8. Plan for your succession—leave a suc- surpass him or her in knowledge and abil- cessor, and leave before you have to. A result of that is that leaders will properly train their successors. True lead- you have done for them person- he shares a leadership assess- ership is about helping people ally. Good relationships strengthen the cooperation and increase loyalty and mutual trust.

Try to think of what leadership should be, and create a legacy.

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