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April 2012

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The 5 Levels
of Leadership
Proven Steps to Maximize Your Potential
THE SUMMARY IN BRIEF
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 and inspire people. To grow further in your role, you must achieve results and build a team that produces. You need to help people 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.

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. In The 5 Levels of Leadership, he shows how to master each level and rise up to the next to become a more influential, respected and successful leader.

IN THIS SUMMARY, YOU WILL LEARN:

by John C. Maxwell

CONTENTS
You Can Have a
Leadership Game Plan
for Your Life
Page 2

Level 1: Position
Page 3

Level 2: Permission
Page 4

Level 3: Production
Page 5

Level 4: People
Development
Page 6






How to fulfill the role of the leader.
How to raise your effectiveness and improve your performance. How to extend your influence beyond your immediate reach and time. A roadmap for taking the journey to the highest level of leadership.

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Level 5: The Pinnacle
Page 7

Portrait of a
Level 5 Leader:
Coach John Wooden
Page 8

Leadership

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THE COMPLETE SUMMARY: THE 5 LEVELS OF LEADERSHIP
by John C. Maxwell
The author: John C. Maxwell is an internationally respected leadership expert, speaker and author who has sold more than 20 million books. Maxwell is the founder of EQUIP, a nonprofit organization that has trained more than 5 million leaders in 126 countries worldwide. Maxwell has written three books that have sold more than a million copies: The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, Developing the Leader Within You and The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader. The 5 Levels of Leadership: Proven Steps to Maximize Your Potential by John C. Maxwell. Copyright © 2011 by John C. Maxwell. Summarized by permission of the publisher, Center Street, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc. 289 pages, $25.99. ISBN: 978-1-59995-365-6. To purchase this book, go to www.amazon.com or www.bn.com. Summary copyright © 2012 by Soundview Executive Book Summaries® www.summary.com, 1-800-SUMMARY. For additional information on the author, go to www.summary.com or JohnMaxwellOnLeadership.com.

You Can Have a Leadership Game
Plan for Your Life
In all the years that I’ve taught about leadership, there
has been one lecture that I have been asked to give
more often than any other — from West Point to
Microsoft and in countries all around the world. That
lecture explains how leadership works, and it provides a
game plan for learning how to become a leader. It’s
“The 5 Levels of Leadership.”

You Can Learn Practical Leadership Tools
The 5 Levels has been used to train leaders in companies of every size and...
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