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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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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.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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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.

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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.

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  • John
  • beverly hills, MI, United States
  • 12-26-11

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.

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  • Ahmed
  • Fredericton, NB, Canada
  • 03-31-12

Excellent, informative, and easy to listen too

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

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  • Eric
  • new athens, IL, United States
  • 11-22-11

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.

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Empowering

I purchased this audiobook after coming across the 5 levels of leadership on a Blog. I was very happy to find this audiobook and thoroughly enjoyed the entire thing. it's well read and well written and very easy to follow.

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Will Change your life

Definitely recommended for those who think lack of leadership skills due to "weak character", for those who want to become better leaders, and just about anyone who wants to acquire deep knowledge in leading your company to success.

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Transitions in Leadership

One of Maxwell's best. Description of the 5 levels of leadership (position, permission, production, people development and pinnacle) and overview of how each level builds on the others.

Maxwell goes in depth of pros/cons of each level, how to build on each level, and how to prepare to go to the next level. Often we are not aware of the transitions needed, but this makes it very clear.

In my work coaching, I see how some of this will help others.

Maxwell reading his own work was wonderful.

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A Hearty Thumbs Up!!!

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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  • Mr. C. Horsfall
  • 02-17-15

So obvious!

If you could sum up The 5 Levels of Leadership in three words, what would they be?

Opened my eyes

Any additional comments?

The concept is so obvious now. I think, why didn't I see these levels before? They are straightforward and easy ideas to apply. Loved it.

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  • Martina K.
  • 03-04-15

Incredible!!

Incredible book! Couldn't stop listening to it! And helped my leadership already! Good bless you John Maxwell!!

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  • Kemi
  • 08-24-15

Good but...

I really struggled with this one. I found the narrator quite monotone and even fell asleep and had to rewind. Having powered through I think it was worth the struggle though perhaps listening to one level at a time would be a better approach than my binge-listening.
The concepts are easy to understand and apply and I can already see where it will improve my skill set. I would recommend it.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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