8 April 2019

Five Levels of Leadership Every Leader Must Know by John Maxwell



There is a saying that leaders are not born, they are created. Team building's develop leadership abilities and imparts the value of what leadership is about. Maxwell asks "How do you grow an organization? By growing the people in it the basic building block of every organization/company, institution and organization is human capital.

According to John Maxwell, there are five levels of leadership:

first - POSITION LEVEL LEADERSHIP: People follow you because they have to, most of the time these are the type of leaders who just warm their seats and contribute marginally to the organization. On the other hand, it can serve as a platform from which an individual develops himself onto the higher levels of leadership. This is best described by Niccolo Machiavelli "It is not the titles that honor men, but men that honors titles"

second - PERMISSION LEVEL LEADERSHIP: People follow you because they want to. Top down relationships are replaced by side-by-side relationships.

third - PRODUCTION LEVEL LEADERSHIP: People follow you because of what you have done for the organization. This is where leadership truly takes off. Maxwell cited Peter Dricker "There are two sorts of people in the business community; those who produce results and those who give you reasons why they didn't". Leadership by sets the standard visually. The result producing leaders attracts other highly productive teams.

fourth - PEOPLE DEVELOPMENT LEADERSHIP: People follow you because of what you have done for them. The imperative part of this leve is the need to build people so they can lead with you. A productive leader is not enough. A reproducing leader is needed. Sharing leadership with others gives you back time to do something more essential. Maxwell focuses on that:

"It takes a leader to KNOW a leader,
It takes a leader to SHOW a leader and
it takes a leader to GROW a leader"

5th: PINNACLE LEADERSHIP: People follow because of who you are and what you represent. These pinnacle leaders are a significantly above the rest. What sets them apart is they create a lasting legacy that is passed on to the next generation of leaders to continue.


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