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The 5 Levels of Leadership: Proven Steps to Maximise Your Potential

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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. In his seminal work, leadership guru John Maxwell presents readers with the five stages of leadership and explains how to maximize each one to become more influential, respected and successful:
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Published November 24th 2011 by Faith Words (first published January 1st 2011)
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Robert Stump
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The Five Levels of Leadership does one thing that just makes me batty: the five levels all start with the same letter, P. Why do you have to do that? The five P's of leadership. It sounds dumb because it is a dumb idea. Let's consider the 5 P's to see why this approach is so silly. Position, Permission, Production, People Development, and Pinnacle. Two of these descriptors fit their levels, three are misnomers. Position, dead on, this level
What makes a good leader? A title? People skills? Getting work done? How about all of the above. In John Maxwell's new book, he explains what he calls the Five Levels of Leadership - position, permission, production, people development, and pinnacle - and tips for achieving each of these different levels in your own leadership roles.

I really liked how organized this book was. The first few chapters provided the background behind the five levels of leadership and then the subsequent chapters wal
Kimberly Smith
I REALLY enjoyed this book of John Maxwell's, in fact it's my favorite book of his that I've read so far. I know one of his best sellers of all time is the 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, which I've also read. THAT book was more like a portrait of a leader in that if you ARE a true leader, these 21 Laws are the attributes you would possess.

THIS book is much more clear in how to identify where you're at, and how to improve and move up to the next level. There are practical applications for an
Shaymaa A.
من رأيي الشخصي إذا قررت قراءة إحدى كتب ماكسويل، فهذا الكتاب سيكون الخيار الأمثل. لمن لم يقرأ كتب الإدارة والقيادة والتنمية الذاتية وما شابهها من كتب من هذا القبيل، يميل المؤلفون لتكرار نفس المحتوى بشكل مغاير عند إصدار كتب جديدة. فالكاتب "مجبر" على التأليف حتى لا يضمحل نجمه الذي بزغ بعد كتاب مميز ترك صدى في السوق. ولأن العقل لا يبتكر أفكارًا جديدة كل عام، يصير تكرار المفاهيم مع قليل من الحكايا الجديدة هنا وهناك مصحوب بعنوان جذاب آخر هو السمة المميزة لسلسلة كتب. هذا الكتاب هو خلاصة الأفكار المكررة ...more
Visnja Zeljeznjak
A great inspirational book about leadership and a good first book to read on the subject. Made me aware (again) of my many mistakes in the past, and made me aware of the importance of investing time in people. "Decide that people are worth it" is the key. People who think in short-term only will have a hard time accepting that it can take a lifetime to reach the pinnacle in your leadership career.

To make the book perfect, there would have to be more examples and more stories (although the book d
Nikhil Nambiar
Another classic by John C. Maxwell describing the innate characteristics of a leader at a different levels of proficiency. He describes how all leaders fall under one of the 5 levels and describes the strategies to stay upwardly mobil in the different levels and sustatin the level that the leader has gained through practical application.

I would suggest this book to all people who are currently leaders and aspire to be one in the future especially the diagram at the end of the book that describes
Donna Gregorio
This is a basic management book that can be summed up in less than 5 pages. Five levels of leadership are: 1. when you first get promoted and just tell people what to do, 2. when you start to make a name for yourself, 3. when you are respected and people want to work for you, 4. when you start directing lots of people, 5. when you have no work yourself and only direct people all day. The book puts way too much of an emphasis on mentoring, which is usually not important where I work. People are t ...more
Jock Mcclees
I listened to it on CD. The first disk was unbelievably boring. It probably works out fine in print form. After that it was interesting. It had a lot of good points, some seemed fairly obvious, but I wish they had been obvious to some prior bosses. It is very good at identifying or rather giving you the information so you can identify what level of leadership you have reached. It gives advice and direction on how you can improve as a leader. Leaders are made as much as born. Some people are more ...more
Igpond.comdes Stephens
As CEO or Deputy CEO in libraries for 35 years I was not impressed.
I believe leadership involves
1.A sense of strategic direction (you must know where you are going)
2.Intuition/gut feeling/instinct Scientific management takes you only so far)
3.Financial acumen (you must be able to understand your financial position)
4.Make your staff feel they are key players in an important organization.
5.Make staff valued as important individuals in their own right.

Maxwell runs a very successful organization but
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The 5 Levels of Leadership: Proven Steps to Maximize Your Potential by John C. Maxwell was chosen by Soundview Executive Book Summaries as one of the Top 30 Business Books of 2012.


John C. Maxwell remains one of the most popular authors whose books have been summarized by Soundview Executive Book Summaries. When one considers the reasons why Maxwell strikes a resonant chord time and again, a trio of potential answers become readily apparent. Maxwell’s books include straightfo
I picked up this audio book because I'm interested in learning more about leadership and understanding how to be a better leader as well as employee. I wasn't disappointed, this is a very clearly written book which outlines five different types or stages of leadership ability, helps you to identify which you fit into, and helps point you in the right direction to improve other areas. Reading the book gave me a clearer understanding not only of the areas I need to focus on to improve, but also a ...more
Jason Grubbs
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Another Classic by a Leadership Guru, October 20, 2011
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I have read many of John Maxwell's books, such as "Thinking for a Change" and "Today Matters", as well as "The 21 Indespensible Laws of Leadership". This book is full of great leadership principles as the others are.

Maxwell begins by talking abou
the concept was very good. i thought the levels of leadership were well described and well stated. i like the idea of leadership as a service position, not a title to be gloried in. i do think the book would have been better served as a 30-50 page pamphlet. i think Maxwell over-described each of the 5 levels. I felt like he really ground them up. But if you're looking for the problems with leadership levels, and concepts to improve, the book is exhaustive(exhausting).

i know the author's major e
I found John Maxwell's insight into leadership fascinating. He breaks down the levels of leadership into five levels. Until you master one level you cannot move to the next. I once thought being a leader was about getting people to obey you as a manager. Oh, so not true. Positional leadership is only level one. There is so much more to leading a team. You need to read this book if you want to be an effective leader.
Ryan Ladage
One of Maxwell's better books on leadership. A good explanation of the various strengths, weaknesses, and characteristics of leadership; and how one can develop yourself as a leader. This book don't contain some of the heavy "servant leadership" features that are prevalent in other books he has written. It's a good resources to use as a self-assessment of where you are at as a leader and how to grow and develop.
Maxwell has become my favorite author on the subject of leadership. There's a difference between where you think you are when you start the book and where you find out you actually are. What's great is that Maxwell gives you everything you need to really need to get started on your leadership journey.

I'm most likely going to go through it again and use it to write out an action plan for myself to implement.
Braeden Udy
If you are interested in reading about leadership and how to develop yourself as a leader, this book is a great place to begin. I personally think there is no better tutor in leadership than John C. Maxwell, and this book features one of his chief leadership ideas. You will learn about the various levels of leadership, how to move up, how to stay stymied, how to develop and grow as a leader. There are plenty of anecdotes and wonderful quotes that pepper the chapters with leadership insight. High ...more
Learned a lot from this book. I have read a lot of John Maxwell, and like most of his writings his easy style of communication comes through, though don't mistake that for simple content. In fact, my only complaint would be that it is so packed full of useful information, principles, and teachings that it is near impossible to absorb it one reading. My take away is that I need to be more intentional about my own leadership development and focus on developing the leaders around me. It is my desir ...more
Chuck Musselwhite
This is Maxwell's complete leadership manifesto all in one book. Even though it is difficult to put all of his wisdom into one book he does a really good job of giving you his five levels of leadership along with how to practically apply them. Well worth the read.
Barbara Burd
I like most of Maxwell's writings on leadership and he has produced another very readable book on developing leaderships skills within yourself and others. Maxwell primarily addresses leadership through relationship-building. In the book he starts with a basic level of leader-member relationship and progresses through the level of leaders building and developing additional leaders. Maxwell provides examples for the levels of leadership and provides quick checklists to assess your own leadership ...more
Angie Tolpin
A lot of John's books seem very similar to his others, this one is not. I really like the 5 lLevels of Leadership because it is easy to evaluate yourself in light of those five levels, be introspective and see where you have room to grow.
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To be sure, this book has valuable information. However, it is far from an amusing read. It is some sort of a bitter medicine. The writer's style is poor and repetitive and you will sometimes feel yourself drowned in the many bullet/number points that will feel lost. Certainly the book could use a lot of editing in this regard.

The only thing that's worse that the writing style is the narration style. As a start, Maxwell seems to have some sinus problem or chronic cold that is causing his m's and
James Banovz
Very insightful book on leadership but not something you can simply read through. This is the type of book you have to use to constantly evaluate where you are in your organization and what changes you need to make now. Then, after making said changes, reevaluate. To affect the kind of change and to grow as a leader takes constant mindfulness and self-awareness. I'm not sure if this book will actually be helpful to me.
I enjoyed this book overall. It was short and full of information. This ideas about the 5 levels is interesting and full of good observations. I think the advice given in this book is worth while.
A comprehensive guide to being the best leader you can be, for the beginner or the oldest CEO. Plus good clear illustrations and instructions from a well-respected leader John C. Maxwell.
An absolutely essential read for any aspiring leader. Maxwell importantly shows leaders where they currently are and what they need to do to progress in their leadership abilities.
Santosh Durgavajjala
Through this book, I got a chance to figure out what Leadership is about and why is it important. There are so many phrases in this book that will wake you up and make you plan things to move ahead and prosper in life. summary of one such phrase says that "winning or losing is not that important but the journey , how you get there or how you prepare yourself for the game is what matters". The last 15 pages of the book are worth reading again. They describe about a wonderful personality John Wood ...more
Probably one of the most useful books I've ever read. Examples. Real advice. Clear explanations. I hope to be to level 4 some day!!! Level 5, probably never since I don't believe I'm a natural leader.
Shelly Nelson
I really liked how this book, as abstract as leadership books can be, was in a logical format that proved to be relevant and insightful.
Dvir Oren
good remainder on leadersihp, didn't find much new

lead by example
no ego
bring out your personality
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