John Maxwell is an internationally recognized leadership expert, speaker, coach, and author who has written many books, primarily focusing on leadership. John C. Maxwell has also developed the 5 levels of leadership, which visualize at which level a leader performs and how they can be more influential, respected, and successful.
In this video, he talks about the 5 levels of leadership that can help leaders increase their effectiveness and provides a roadmap to get their leadership from now to where they want to be. The five levels are:
1. Position: It’s the only level that requires no ability or effort to achieve. At Level 1, people only follow if they believe that they have to. That’s because it only works if you have leverage (such as job security) over your followers. People who remain on the position level may find it difficult to work with volunteers because they don’t know how to lead effectively. Use your time at this level learning to lead yourself through priorities and self-discipline and you’ll be ready to move to the next level.
2. Permission: This level is based on trust and relationship. At this level, people choose to follow because they want to, they give the leader Permission to lead them. To grow at this level, leaders work on getting to know their people and connecting with them. Trust grows, which usually leads to respect, and the environment becomes much more positive. Level 2 is where solid, lasting relationships are built that create the foundation for the next level.
3. Production: The Production level is where leaders can become change agents. Work gets done, morale improves, profits go up, turnover goes down, and goals are achieved. The more you produce, the more you’re able to tackle tough problems and face challenging issues. Leading and influencing others becomes fun, because when everyone is moving forward together, the team rises to another level of effectiveness.
4. People Development: At Level 4, your goal is to identify and develop as many leaders as you can. When there are more leaders, more of the organization’s mission can be accomplished. The more you raise up new leaders, the more you will change the lives of all members of your team.
5. Pinnacle: The highest level of leadership is also the most challenging to attain. It requires longevity as well as intentionality. The commitment to becoming a Pinnacle leader is sizable, but so are the payoffs. Level 5 leaders develop Level 5 organizations. They create opportunities other leaders don’t. People follow them because of who they are and what they represent. Leadership is about growth for yourself, your relationships, your productivity, and your people. To lead well, you must embrace your need for continual improvement, and the 5 Levels provide a leadership GPS to help you with your journey.
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