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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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    Brendin South Penrith, Australia 09-14-12
    Brendin South Penrith, Australia 09-14-12
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    "Good leadership level explanation."
    What did you love best about The 5 Levels of Leadership?

    Hierarchy identification.


    Would you recommend The 5 Levels of Leadership to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes to those who don't yet understand leadership levels. Those who already have the knowledge I would not recommend reading.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Disliked the referrences to faith (too often).


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

    NA


    Any additional comments?

    Would be better relating to leadership from business rather than faith and sport.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan Auckland, New Zealand 08-17-12
    Jonathan Auckland, New Zealand 08-17-12
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    "Got a lot out of it."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely would recommend this book. Lots of great wisdom and would enable my friends to improve their leadership abilities. Also I just love John Maxwell's voice.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The 5 Levels of Leadership?

    The realisation of where I was at in the 5 levels of leadership made a great difference to how I have gone to work and lived my life since and what I have tried to achieve.


    Any additional comments?

    John is a great story teller and the resources that come with the book very helpful.

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    Amazon Customer 08-07-12
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The 5 Levels of Leadership to be better than the print version?

    Since the print version was not read I find it impossible to answer the question.


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

    The nuances between level 4 and level 5 lacked sufficient concrete examples to be meaningful. Maybe that is because I've yet to master level 3.


    What does John C. Maxwell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His personal experiences related seemed to be more meaningful due to being able to hear the inflections in his voice.


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

    No, however, it did make me think, compare and analyze my management experiences and provided new tools with which to manage at a higher level.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Subodh Upreti 05-28-12
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    "Great book!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The 5 Levels of Leadership to be better than the print version?

    Only have the audio book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Coach Woodson - helping create more great leaders.


    What does John C. Maxwell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The passion on why he published the book comes across very well in the audio version.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Speech by pastor at Coach Woodson's funeral.


    Any additional comments?

    Very practical and insightful book. Can use the advice in everyday life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan Braybrook, Australia 05-26-12
    Ryan Braybrook, Australia 05-26-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Every Leader Must Read this book"

    Very insightful, this book is a practical guide for anyone at any level of leadership. To me personally it highlighted the importance of people and my relationships with them. I'll be reading this book a few times again. I can already see the positive effects at work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Janna MINNEAPOLIS, MN, United States 05-16-12
    Janna MINNEAPOLIS, MN, United States 05-16-12 Member Since 2014
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    If you could sum up The 5 Levels of Leadership in three words, what would they be?

    Are you really an effective leader?


    Any additional comments?

    Lots of practical advice for becoming not only a leader with influence, but replicating yourself as well for sustainability. Took a lot of great soundbites from this book and had many "aha" moments. I'm encouraging my leadership team to read as well.

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    03-27-12
    03-27-12 Member Since 2002
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Excellent leadership manual. No one could live up to level 5 expectations but the world would be great place if enough people tried. Practical guide to the principles that not only make great leaders but, more importantly, make great human beings. Must read for any student of leadership.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Don't miss the example of John Wooden as the quintessential Level 5 leader


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

    Clearly believes what he says


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Best to listen slowly and take notes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Prevost, QC, Canada 02-26-12
    Michael Prevost, QC, Canada 02-26-12 Member Since 2012

    Here is something about myself.

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    "Recommended and situated for everyone"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely, this book is situated for everyone. You can learn something whether you are the best leader out there or the least competent one. By listening to this audiobook, you will learn how to identify yourself on the 5 levels of leadership and how to improve upon. There are a lot of details and examples so you won't get lost.


    The approach is very people oriented. Even if you're not a manager like me, you will learn some very useful things for your future. This thing is literally saturated with information in a good way.


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

    It's my first audiobook actually!


    What does John C. Maxwell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I picked the audiobook version because it's audio. There's some PDF provided with the Audiobook, they can become very useful for your self evaluation.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like to improve yourself, you won't regret this purchase. I will definitely listen to this 7h book a second time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gustavo Joao Pessoa, Brazil 01-30-12
    Gustavo Joao Pessoa, Brazil 01-30-12
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    "Improve your learship skills in five levels"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The 5 Levels of Leadership to be better than the print version?

    I haven't seen the printed version yet, but to me seeing and listening are two complementary things. I am from Brazil, so I need to listen as much as I can. When I read, it is more to learn grammar, spelling, those stuff. When I listen, I get a lot more. Other than I can listen in situations in which would be impossible for me to read. Both are important, because the book gives more time to ponder over issues.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Non fictional, no characters.


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

    I haven't. I liked his voice and the speed with which he read: not too fast, not too slow. I would buy another books narrated by him.


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

    It is not that kind of book.


    Any additional comments?

    It is an excellent book to buy. I liked his concept of five levels of leadership and that you can have people to whom you are in the first or second level, at the same time while with other people you may be higher or lower. This book has a good basis on human knowledge. It is not a book teaching how to use people. It is rather a book about being humane, passionate, open, frank, loyal, sincere. In three words: a great leader. It deserves to be read carefully and applied in real life. Happy will be the man who can say yes to eight of his ten questions of leadership. If he he can say yes to all of them, he is already blessed. It has something of the spirit of Tao and a lot of the good old school of How to make friends and influence people, modernized to today's world.

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    Jason Amarillo, TX, United States 12-27-11
    Jason Amarillo, TX, United States 12-27-11 Member Since 2010

    I'm a big fan of si-fi, but I'm finding that a love for mysteries budding up in me. I also like a lot of nonfiction.

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    "Great for any leader"

    I must confess that I got this book for the wrong reasons. The synopsis that described the "position leader" was a perfect description of my boss, but I'm still glad I read/listened to it. I used to own my own business, and it was poor leadership that brought it under. I see a lot of the mistakes that I made in the past, and now I know what to do differently.

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