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The 5 Levels of Leadership: Proven Steps to Maximize Your Potential | [John C. Maxwell]

The 5 Levels of Leadership: Proven Steps to Maximize Your Potential

True leadership isn't a matter of having a certain job or title. In fact, being chosen for a position is only the first of the five levels every effective leader achieves. To become more than "the boss" people follow only because they are required to, you have to master the ability to invest in people and inspire them. To grow further in your role, you must achieve results and build a team that produces. You need to help people to develop their skills to become leaders in their own right. And if you have the skill and dedication, you can reach the pinnacle of leadership....
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True leadership isn't a matter of having a certain job or title. In fact, being chosen for a position is only the first of the five levels every effective leader achieves. To become more than "the boss" people follow only because they are required to, you have to master the ability to invest in people and inspire them. To grow further in your role, you must achieve results and build a team that produces. You need to help people to develop their skills to become leaders in their own right. And if you have the skill and dedication, you can reach the pinnacle of leadership - where experience will allow you to extend your influence beyond your immediate reach and time for the benefit of others.

The 5 Levels of Leadership are:

  • 1. Position - People follow because they have to.
  • 2. Permission - People follow because they want to.
  • 3. Production - People follow because of what you have done for the organization.
  • 4. People Development - People follow because of what you have done for them personally.
  • 5. Pinnacle - People follow because of who you are and what you represent.

Through humor, in-depth insight, and examples, internationally recognized leadership expert John C. Maxwell describes each of these stages of leadership. He shows you how to master each level and rise up to the next to become a more influential, respected, and successful leader.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2011 John C. Maxwell (P)2011 Hachette Audio

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    Kim BROOKSVILLE, FL, United States 11-09-14
    Kim BROOKSVILLE, FL, United States 11-09-14 Member Since 2012
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    What did you love best about The 5 Levels of Leadership?

    Let's not get CRAZY. I'll never "love" a leadership training book. But Mr . Maxwell helps me see more clearly the management where I work and what I need to do to work with them or get around them.


    What other book might you compare The 5 Levels of Leadership to and why?

    I have no idea. I read the 360 degree leader and liked it just as much as this one. Both my Maxwell.


    What three words best describe John C. Maxwell’s voice?

    Aging. Irritating. Slurry.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Really? It's a LEADERSHIP book. It was educational.


    Any additional comments?

    Listening, I can pick out the people in my company who will never rise above Level 1 Leadership. I'm glad I don't work for them any more. Mr. Maxwell's books are eye opening if you can get past his voice. He sounds like he's wearing false teeth and they don't fit right. He should have let Scott Brick or Ray Porter read these.

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    Jes Hobart, IN, United States 06-20-14
    Jes Hobart, IN, United States 06-20-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Great book to figure out where you are as a leader"

    I used to be in the Marines which many people believe is only a level one leader (Position). However, anyone that has read this book will tell you that Position and Title only get action. You want the hearts and minds of the people following you. I learned that early on in my military career. When I left the military I’ve seen many leaders that see themselves as level 5 leaders when really they’re level 1 at best. Too many people see themselves through their perceptions. This book will help you to understand why you need to look at the whole picture and not the perception. This has also helped me to identify my leaders level and see why the Law of the Lid is causing me to look elsewhere. If you are a ‘non-leader’ or a seasoned veteran this book will help you.

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    Jacob Elkhart, IN, United States 10-05-13
    Jacob Elkhart, IN, United States 10-05-13 Member Since 2013
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    If you could sum up The 5 Levels of Leadership in three words, what would they be?

    Motivation for change


    What did you like best about this story?

    Insights, and examples


    What about John C. Maxwell’s performance did you like?

    It felt genuine.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Some laughter.


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely a good read, providing cause for introspection.

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    James 09-16-13
    James 09-16-13 Member Since 2012
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    "And You Thought Maxwell Couldn't Get Any Better!"

    Without a doubt one of the best books for leadership that I have ever read! The author, John Maxwell, describes five levels of leadership that sound simple in theory, but obviously require a lot of work and a journey of a lifetime to achieve.

    As a business owner myself, I strive to continue to be the best leader that I can for the team that I am part of. There’s a lot of work to do, and a lot of effort put in every day, a lot of people to manage, and to help grow to their potential, but it’s worth it.

    I learned a lot from this wonderful book and I say it’s a must read for everyone whether you’re a business leader or not.

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    Dana 08-27-13
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    I think Maxwell's theory is right on. Leaders who truly connect with their teams will get the best results both in the short term and the long term. However the practical aspects are a bit limited. In any major corporation, one can see hundreds of examples of people who are doing very well professionally and never made it past Level 1 on his scale.

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    Walt Albuquerque, NM, United States 03-25-13
    Walt Albuquerque, NM, United States 03-25-13 Member Since 2014
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Its hard to get the meat of a self-help book with points to remember in an audio form.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The story is good, and helpful.


    Which character – as performed by John C. Maxwell – was your favorite?

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    Do you think The 5 Levels of Leadership needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No I think I understood what he was presenting.


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    Gregg Stepp Denison, TX 03-18-13
    Gregg Stepp Denison, TX 03-18-13

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    What made the experience of listening to The 5 Levels of Leadership the most enjoyable?

    Good information. but a long listen and several times it gets hard to follow.


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    kenneth louisville, KY, United States 03-17-13
    kenneth louisville, KY, United States 03-17-13
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, This book is great for upcoming managers and/or anyone taking on a leadership role.


    What other book might you compare The 5 Levels of Leadership to and why?

    Reading this book is great for anyone new to the leadership systems. I believe reading this book is a good transitional to "Good to Great" by Jim Collins.


    Any additional comments?

    Pick up this book if you are serious about strengthening your fundamentals with leadership.

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    Lorne Edmonton, AB, Canada 12-25-12
    Lorne Edmonton, AB, Canada 12-25-12 Member Since 2010
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    "A must read for anyone trying to lead people."

    Don't end up like that boss / manager that you hate to work for. You all know what I'm talking about.

    Maxwell can be a bit dry when it comes to presentation, however his material is always 1st class. I've read several of his books and find them all valuable. This book helped me figure out where I am on the continuum as well as how to move to the next level. Ultimately leadership is necessary for any great endeavor in life and a little guidance never hurt anyone.

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    MOHAMMED 12-12-12
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    "Great Book"
    Would you listen to The 5 Levels of Leadership again? Why?

    Yes, because I always listen to my books minimum 5 times ... I do learn more and improve skills from act to habits, and also I give a gap between each time of listening to see if I am following the steps rights nor did forget some steps.
    I love my self so I do improve my self


    What other book might you compare The 5 Levels of Leadership to and why?

    Not compare them with it but can say that they go with it ... such as : Eat that frog, One minute manager


    Have you listened to any of John C. Maxwell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The Leader


    Any additional comments?

    Thanks for this book ..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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