The 5 Levels of Leadership

  • by John C. Maxwell
  • Narrated by John C. Maxwell
  • 7 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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. To become more than "the boss" people follow only because they are required to, you have to master the ability to invest in people and inspire them. To grow further in your role, you must achieve results and build a team that produces. You need to help people to develop their skills to become leaders in their own right. And if you have the skill and dedication, you can reach the pinnacle of leadership - where experience will allow you to extend your influence beyond your immediate reach and time for the benefit of others.
The 5 Levels of Leadership are:


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.

Through humor, in-depth insight, and examples, internationally recognized leadership expert John C. Maxwell describes each of these stages of leadership. He shows you how to master each level and rise up to the next to become a more influential, respected, and successful leader.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Content is excellent.

If you could sum up The 5 Levels of Leadership in three words, what would they be?

Simple, True, Implementable.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Actually best to divide into chunks to digest.


Any additional comments?

As typical of Maxwell, powerful concepts simplified to very implementable steps. Enjoy that Maxwell reads the content as well.

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- Dan

Practical Thinking Towards Leadership

What did you love best about The 5 Levels of Leadership?

I love that The 5 Levels of Leadership is constructed in a way that seems obtainable. Often leadership development books sound great but leave me scratching my head at where to begin, or worse, leave me questioning my leadership ability. Maxwell's 5 levels of leadership makes it easy for me to analyze my leadership without devaluing it. It is a very practical and approachable guide to improving leadership.


What did you like best about this story?

During the section dealing with level 2 leadership, relationship building, Maxwell poses 4 great questions about those that work for us. The design of the questions probe the thought of do we really know those that work for us? Do we know what motivates them? Do we care? I shared these 4 questions with those that lead in my organization and asked them to answer the questions about those that they lead. We were all astonished at the results. Our employees were so impressed that we took time to get to know them and to understand their motivations and aspirations. I look forward to reaping the benefits of stronger relationships in my organization.


What does John C. Maxwell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I love audio books! In this particular case, you feel like you are at a seminar or hosting a visit to your business by Maxwell. The delivery of the message by its author drives the points home and personalizes the message especially when Maxwell opens up about his own leadership highs and lows. It was a great call narrating his own work.


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I felt an overwhelming sense of hope and inspiration after listening to this book. Often in leadership, a leader's well of experience and knowledge can seem to run dry. Listening to The 5 Levels of Leadership gave my leadership a jolt of vitality and motivated me to incorporate Maxwell's thinking into my own leadership and more importantly the leaders I serve.


Any additional comments?

A must have for anyone who is leading others or aspires to be a leader. Maxwell has packaged leadership in a way that allows for systematic growth towards the goal of better influencing others. This audio book motivated me to consider more books from Maxwell for my professional library.

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-04-2011
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio