The 5 Levels of Leadership – which level are YOU at?
One of my favorite books about developing Leadership Skills, is by John C Maxwell. It’s called “Developing the Leader Within You”
What I’ve learned from that book, and many others, is that we’re ALL Leaders, in one way shape or form and at different times in our lives.
Whether your shy or outgoing, introverted or extroverted, at some time in your life you will be in a position of Leadership.
I’ve also learned that there’s really no such thing as a “born leader”
Sure, some people are more confident than others, some people are more outgoing and extroverted but that does not make them a Leader.
Leadership is an acquired skill. It’s something we learn. Those so called “born leaders” are simply people who’ve seen leadership modeled throughout their lives.
Most of us, develop strong Leadership Skills through training and life experience. As we work towards Achieving Your Goals, be sure to devote time to developing yourself as a leader.
If you want to start your own business, you’ll need to commit to developing yourself as a strong Leader. No ifs, ands, or butts, about it.
You’ll need to make a “decision” that you are ready to get somewhere different and do what it takes. Check out this incredible article from one of my colleagues 7 Critical Tips for Decision Making
or this one on Success Tips. They’re both awesome and well worth the read.
So what is Leadership? Plain and simple, Leadership is “Influence” nothing more and nothing less.
All of us influence others, at certain times in our lives. Sometimes more often than other times but we ALL have influence. Whether that’s in a position at work, as a parent, a spouse or as a friend.
There are 5 levels of Leadership:
Level 1 The Position Leader – leaders of this level often but not always, lead by intimidation – people follow you quite simply, because they have to
Level 2 The Permission Leader – these leaders are able to get people to do things without feeling obliged – they are more focused on relation-shipping. the agenda is not the pecking order – people follow you because they like you and you’re fun! Be careful at this level, and keep striving to move forward – highly motivated people can become restless with this type of leader
Level 3 The Production Leader – at this level good things happen – production increases, morale is high and turnover is low – people follow you because they see what you have done for the organization
Level 4 The People Development Leader – real Leaders, develop Leaders – people follow you because they see what you have done for them, others AND the organization
Level 5 Personhood – 100% respect – people follow you because of who you are and what you represent – few people achieve this level of Leadership but it IS achievable
How can you become a better Leader?
Know what level YOU ARE at this very moment.
Continue to focus on the qualities and skills you need to develop yourself into the best person and leader you can be!
Realize that people are your most valuable asset.
Place a priority on helping and developing others.
Be a good role model.
Develop personal accountability for results beginning with your own.
Do more than expected.
Learn your job description inside out
Never complain or make excuses.
Offer creative ideas for change and improvement.
I look forward to your feedback, comments, thoughts and how this article may have helped you!!
To your success and personal growth!!