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 mentally while in the group, but they don’t take action. Because of that, nothing changes after the group stops meeting. Encourage group members to engage in the process of continual leadership development, of which the 5 Levels of Leadership has been just a small part.
I’ve been working on my leadership for over 40 years, and I’m still not done growing. If you have a teachable mindset, the courage to make changes, and the discipline to follow through, you can become the kind of leader who makes an impact.
DISCUSSION (Facilitator’s Guide)
1. (Icebreaker) What’s your favorite way to learn something new?
2. You read about Coach Wooden becoming a Level 5 leader. Do you think there any career fields in which it would not be possible for a leader to reach Level 5? Explain.
3. Now that you’ve read the book, what has changed in your thinking about leadership and how it works?
4. What are you changing in your leadership style or practices to become a better leader?
5. Personally, what is your greatest barrier to developing through the 5 Levels as a leader?
6. What will you be targeting next in your personal or leadership growth?
Create a plan and timeline for overcoming your greatest leadership barrier. This is a process that may take weeks, months, or years. Give yourself specific and measurable goals or milestones. Create steps for accomplishing each. And be sure to be realistic about the time each will actually take. Remember, leadership development is a lifetime journey.