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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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    Walt Albuquerque, NM, United States 03-25-13
    Walt Albuquerque, NM, United States 03-25-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Inside the mind"
    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?

    NA


    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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    "Understanding your place"
    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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    Samir Sanghani Boston, MA 12-12-12
    Samir Sanghani Boston, MA 12-12-12 Listener Since 2005
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    "Good insights. Fairly dull narrator."

    Some good insights to leadership. Little light on techniques and stronger on goals of leadership. I did like the few examples on how to transfer ownership, empower, & train a team. The narrator (and author) had a fairly dull reading... had to rewind numerous times as my mind wandered off onto how I could help my own team.

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    Mark Cherry Valley, IL, United States 10-12-12
    Mark Cherry Valley, IL, United States 10-12-12
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    "Brings ideas to mind."
    Would you listen to The 5 Levels of Leadership again? Why?

    This book opens your mind to take the next step towards a higher level of being a leader. Many things are common sense but you need to put everything together in order to achieve your goal.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

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    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?

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    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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