Thinking about business leadership, management, and culture guru’s, John C. Maxwell rises to the top of most recommendation lists without hesitation. As an avid listener of the John Maxwell Leadership Podcast (hosted by the wonderful Mark Cole), which focuses in on specific teachings and principles taken from John’s lessons, I knew I would be in for a fantastic read, but importantly, an opportunity to step back and evaluate myself and my own personal mindset.
I’ve actually only read one of his books before, but as a relatively new manager myself, I thought it was time to read The 5 Levels of Leadership.
John breaks it down crisply (as its clear he always does), but I assure you the additional context for each is worth breaking through this initial layer of guidance:
LEVEL 1: POSITION
People follow you because they have to.
LEVEL 2: PERMISSION
People follow you because the want to.
LEVEL 3: PRODUCTION
People follow because of what you have done for the organization.
LEVEL 4: PEOPLE DEVELOPMENT
People follow because of what you have done for them.
LEVEL 5: PINNACLE
People follow because of who you are and what you represent.
I had the pleasure of seeing John speak live in Birmingham, Alabama and his voice and presence in the room are amazing. If you get the opportunity to hear John speak…cancel your other plans, and do it. You will not regret it.
For me, this book comes across less as a self help book, and more a self discovery book. Ultimately, it leads you down a path to understanding the kind of leader you likely are in current form, and opens the door to a fresh understanding of the leader you could become.
I think this book is a must read for anyone and everyone in the business world. Get yourself a copy of the book and subscribe to the podcast.