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So, Which Level Do You Belong In Your Leadership Journey?

Congratulations, You are a leader! But,

  • Do you know where you are on your leadership journey, and where do you go from here?
  • Do you want to know how to get to the next level?
  • Do you want to understand and increase your effectiveness?

As defined by John C Maxwell, the 5 Levels of Leadership, is an extremely valuable tool to help in your leadership growth journey.

Here is an overview of the 5 Levels of Leadership. These five levels of leadership build upon each other. In other words, Level 4 leaders still need to do the things that make Level 3 happen. They add Level 4 strategies to the mix.

Level 1: Position

Most start from this level, the level based on position. While nothing is wrong with having a leadership position, everything is wrong with relying only on that position to get people to follow. People only follow if they believe that they have to. Furthermore, leaders who remain on the position level may find it challenging to build influence because the position does not automatically lead to influence.

This level is an excellent place for you to begin investing in your growth and potential as a leader. Use your time at this level to learn to lead yourself through priorities and self-discipline, and you’ll be ready to move to the next level.

Level 2: Permission

The second level is based on relationships. People choose to follow because they want to. They give the leader Permission to lead them. Leaders make an effort to get to know their people and connect with them.

You begin to develop influence with people as they see you like them and value them. Trust grows, so does the credibility. And the environment becomes much more positive. At this level, you build lasting relationships that create the foundation for the next level.

Level 3: Production

This level is about getting things done. At this level, leaders who produce results build their influence and credibility. People follow you because of not only the relationship but also your track record.

The leaders achieve the organizational goals while getting work done, improving morale, increasing profits, and lowering turnover.

Level 4: People Development

Level 4 is all about reproduction. As a leader at this level, your goal is to identify and develop as many leaders as you can by investing in them and helping them grow. When there are more leaders, more of the organization’s mission is accomplished.

People will follow you because of what you’ve done for them. So you need to invest in leaders as a priority and take intentional steps every day to help them grow.

Level 5: Pinnacle

The most challenging is the highest level of leadership. You reach Level 5 if you are willing to invest your life into the lives of others for the long haul. If you continually focus on both growing yourself and developing leaders who can develop other leaders, you may reach the level of Pinnacle.

Leaders at this level leave a legacy behind, a legacy beyond their position, their organization, and sometimes their industry.

Overall, leadership is about growth for yourself, your relationships, your productivity, and your people. Once you know where you are in your journey, you can plan to conquer the new heights of leadership.

Happy journey!

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