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 October 4th 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...more
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...more
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...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...more
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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...more
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 Joy
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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...more
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...more
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.
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
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
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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...more
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.
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.
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.
A very enjoyable read. The author clearly has passion on this topic and it comes through.

I was really drawn to his discussion on the importance of people: growing people, teaching people, empowering people. It gave me a much broader notion of how to more successful. I appreciate more now how one will always be limited by what can be done in a day. The only way to expand your influence is to lead others in the direction you want to go.

The book was mostly anecdote, which is fine, but it lacked som...more
Mitchell White
Sep 19, 2014 Mitchell White rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to Mitchell by: Amazon
The 5 levels of leadership:

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.
Saad Aldousari
Haven't finished it yet, but this is powerful experience delivered in a professional well-theorized way.
SWE-D Book Club Dec 2012.

So, I have a low pain threshold for leadership/professional development books. I've read several, and only a few would I consider worthwhile to actually recommend to others. I would classify this as one of the better ones that I've read, and I think it is relevant to the corporate environment.

The biggest drawback to me was the length of this book. If it had been a 10-20 page article in a magazine, I would have loved it, but I felt like the author provided way more anecd...more
Jody Brannon
Nice review of leadership basics, presented simply
Samer Ghazo
Everything raises and falls in leadership, in this book; John Maxwell launch a new principle in leadership, which applies to each one of us life and career, the five levels (Position, Permission, Production, People Development and The Pinnacle) are a framework upon which a career in any industry can be constructed, he explained in his book for each level the principles, rules or beliefs that will inspire the capability and confidence for each one of us.
If you need to know everything about leader...more
Jess Macallan
I'm giving this 4.5 out of 5 stars. I received this book through a Goodreads giveaway. I thought it was concise and well organized. The outline of the different types of leaders (and accompanying questionnaire) was especially helpful. I could easily categorize former bosses, friends, and myself. I could also see why certain businesses I worked for never experienced growth or high morale.

The 5 Levels of Leadership is a great reference and learning tool for anyone looking to broaden their skill s...more
Assigned reading from work.
5 levels of profound insight
thank you mr. Maxwell

(I liked the last part most, about the best coach in hoops history)
This book will change my leadership style and I was able to learn a numer of things. At times, the author is a bit arrogant, but overall I like the style.
Andrew Carretto

This was your typical very well written and easy to follow John Maxwell book. However, this is a book that most leaders need to have on their bookshelves for years to come. He has a ton of great information for each level of leadership that would be a great reference during any relationship you are trying to grow and prosper. I can't even begin to write down all of the great one liners from the book. This will be one that I will turn back to throughout my life.
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, this will help me guide others.
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