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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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    Stephanie West End, NC, United States 12-30-11
    Stephanie West End, NC, United States 12-30-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Relevant and Applicable"

    Pro: This book is a great guide to understanding where you are and preparing for the next steps along your leadership journey.

    Con: There are multiple lists of actions and steps to take - there is little recap so be prepared to take notes or do a bit of rewinding.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    John beverly hills, MI, United States 12-26-11
    John beverly hills, MI, United States 12-26-11 Member Since 2011
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    "John C Maxwell at his very best"

    The five levels of Leadership, narrated by John himself is John at his very best. Easy to understand, focused, and right on great information reguardless if you are at "C" Level or just starting out in leadership. Easy listening, you'll want to replay it over and over.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Dan WOODLAND, WA, United States 12-12-11
    Dan WOODLAND, WA, United States 12-12-11
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    "Content is excellent."
    If you could sum up The 5 Levels of Leadership in three words, what would they be?

    Simple, True, Implementable.


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

    Actually best to divide into chunks to digest.


    Any additional comments?

    As typical of Maxwell, powerful concepts simplified to very implementable steps. Enjoy that Maxwell reads the content as well.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    RaisinNut PA, USA 10-10-12
    RaisinNut PA, USA 10-10-12 Member Since 2011

    Making the world better one review at a time.

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    "This book will make you a better leader."

    This book about the five levels of leadership is very detailed and informative. First the reader is introduced to the five levels, then takes a more in-depth look into each level. Maxwell describes the upside(s) and downside(s) to each level and discusses best behaviors for a leader on that level. He also offers a helpful tool for leaders to use to determine their current level of leadership.

    There are a lot of great take-aways from this book. For me, one of the greatest take-aways is that, as a leader, you are not always on the same level with all the people you oversee. Rather, your level is unique to the relationship you have built with each person. Therefore, one of the most important aspects of leadership is putting time and energy into supporting and growing the people you oversee.

    If you are in a leadership position and you want to be better at what you do, you MUST read this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ahmed Fredericton, NB, Canada 03-31-12
    Ahmed Fredericton, NB, Canada 03-31-12 Member Since 2008
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    Where does The 5 Levels of Leadership rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It would rank in the top 5 books


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

    Good stories that relate to the topic of discussion


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

    This was the first book I heard by John Maxwell. I liked it so much, I bought another one


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

    The short conclusions at the end of each paragraph / section. Also, the fact that John Maxwell keeps on repeating the key messages in the book


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Eric new athens, IL, United States 11-22-11
    Eric new athens, IL, United States 11-22-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent"

    I think anyone who wants to move to the next level, no matter what stage in life you are, this book is essential for the leadership qualities it takes to get there.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Minnesota 03-05-13
    Amazon Customer Minnesota 03-05-13

    Long distance commuter who loves audio books. After an hour drive, I sometimes struggle to leave the car because the book is THAT GOOD!

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    "Practical Thinking Towards Leadership"
    What did you love best about The 5 Levels of Leadership?

    I love that The 5 Levels of Leadership is constructed in a way that seems obtainable. Often leadership development books sound great but leave me scratching my head at where to begin, or worse, leave me questioning my leadership ability. Maxwell's 5 levels of leadership makes it easy for me to analyze my leadership without devaluing it. It is a very practical and approachable guide to improving leadership.


    What did you like best about this story?

    During the section dealing with level 2 leadership, relationship building, Maxwell poses 4 great questions about those that work for us. The design of the questions probe the thought of do we really know those that work for us? Do we know what motivates them? Do we care? I shared these 4 questions with those that lead in my organization and asked them to answer the questions about those that they lead. We were all astonished at the results. Our employees were so impressed that we took time to get to know them and to understand their motivations and aspirations. I look forward to reaping the benefits of stronger relationships in my organization.


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

    I love audio books! In this particular case, you feel like you are at a seminar or hosting a visit to your business by Maxwell. The delivery of the message by its author drives the points home and personalizes the message especially when Maxwell opens up about his own leadership highs and lows. It was a great call narrating his own work.


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

    I felt an overwhelming sense of hope and inspiration after listening to this book. Often in leadership, a leader's well of experience and knowledge can seem to run dry. Listening to The 5 Levels of Leadership gave my leadership a jolt of vitality and motivated me to incorporate Maxwell's thinking into my own leadership and more importantly the leaders I serve.


    Any additional comments?

    A must have for anyone who is leading others or aspires to be a leader. Maxwell has packaged leadership in a way that allows for systematic growth towards the goal of better influencing others. This audio book motivated me to consider more books from Maxwell for my professional library.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Wade D. Sadlier Bonners Ferry, ID, USA 04-14-12
    Wade D. Sadlier Bonners Ferry, ID, USA 04-14-12
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would heartily recommend this book, especially for aspiring leaders. You will never know where you need to grow, until you can analyze where you currently are on the leadership journey. The level you are on becomes your starting place with a clear map of where you are going and how to get there. Thanks a million John!


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    Amazon Customer Hobart, IN, United States 06-20-14
    Amazon Customer 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
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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