5 Levels of Leadership

The Leadership Reproduction Cycle

The end of the year is almost here, and I know that many companies are going through the same season as my team at The John Maxwell Company: annual reviews. This is the time of year when our leaders sit down with their team members and go over PPFs for the past 12 months: Personal,…

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Standing on the shoulders of giants

Who deserves the credit for your successes? If you said, “I do,” you may be mostly right. We all must make our own choices and reap the results of those choices. However, I say you’re mostly right because no one succeeds in a vacuum. I believe that all successful people owe a debt of gratitude…

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Don’t forget Mother’s Day!

Here in the United States, this coming Sunday, May 10, is Mother’s Day. I was blessed with an extraordinary mother who loved me unconditionally. To honor her and mothers everywhere, here are some inspiring quotes on motherhood and parenthood. A mother’s arms are made of tenderness, and children sleep soundly in them. -Victor Hugo A…

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Do You Care Enough to Be Honest with Me?

As a leader, have you ever avoided confrontation with a follower for what you labelled “good” reasons? I think most of us have. And if we’re honest with ourselves, we’ll admit that we sometimes give in to this temptation. Why do we do that? I believe the main reason well-intentioned leaders aren’t completely honest with…

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How competent are you as a leader?

The author John Gardner once said, “The society which scorns excellence in plumbing because plumbing is a humble activity and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because it is an exalted activity will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy. Neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water.” We all admire people who display high competence,…

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Level Up Week 9: Communicate

Well, March has arrived, and with it the end of our Level Up study of The 5 Levels of Leadership. (Just finding out about it? You can still do the study! Just click HERE to go back to Week 1.) My team and I are curious about how this project worked for you. We’d appreciate…

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Level Up, Week 8: Evaluate

Welcome to Week 8 of our group study of The 5 Levels of Leadership. This week we’re wrapping up the study and preparing to apply it to our lives. The greatest danger in doing a study like this one is that it becomes a project, rather than a process. A person might work on it…

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Level Up, Week 7: The Pinnacle

Welcome to Week 7 of our group study of The 5 Levels of Leadership. This week we’re studying Level 5, The Pinnacle. The difficulty with teaching this level is that Level 5 leaders are just not very common. Until now, you’ve spent your time nudging group members to reach for the level being discussed. But…

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Level Up, Week 6: People Development

Welcome to Week 6 of our group study of The 5 Levels of Leadership. This week we’re studying Level 4, People Development. As I wrote in the chapter, people development enables a leader to lead larger. In other words, when you have leaders working with you, they accomplish much more than non-leaders do. However, developing…

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Level Up, Week 5: Production

Welcome to Week 5 of our group study of The 5 Levels of Leadership. This week we’re studying Level 3, Production. This is the week when the task-oriented members of your group will probably understand the topic intuitively and wonder how anyone could miss the value of production. And the people-oriented individuals might be tempted…

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