Wednesday, October 5, 2011

(157) The 5 Levels of Leadership by John C. Maxwell

The 5 Levels of Leadership

Publication Date: October 4, 2011
304 Pages

It has been almost two years since I last held a "manager" position, but I still consider myself a leader. I gained some great insight from reading past books by John C. Maxwell, so I jumped at the chance to read the ARC of his new book, The 5 Levels of Leadership.

The 5 Levels of Leadership are:
1. Position - Pretty much leader in title only.
2. Permission - People follow because they like your style of leading.
3. Production - People follow you because of the results you have gotten for your company.
4. People Development - People follow you because of the results you have gotten for THEM (raises, promotions,etc...)
5. Personhood - People follow you for the person that you are and the things that you stand for.

Maxwell gets very detailed about each level. He states that you are not at any one level for all of your followers. For someone you just hired you are back at a Level One, but for an employee who has worked with you for two years, you might be a Level Four. There are assessments to help you determine which Level you are at and even assessments that someone from your team can take so you can see what Level you are perceived to be at by your team. And of course, as with all of his books, John C. Maxwell has peppered his book with quotes and truisms of some of the most successful leaders of all time.

You don't have to have a title to be a leader. Whether it be in a business, a church organization, or the local PTA, there are opportunities all around you to lead and inspire. The 5 Levels of Leadership can help leaders at all levels grow in their roles, and that makes this book worth every penny.


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I remember the carefree summer days when I used to ride my bike to the public library to pick out new books. I would go almost daily to find books to read. I read to learn. I read to explore the world. I read to escape. I read because not reading is not an option.

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