By John C. Maxwell
A Study Guide for Leaders in the Church By Judi King
In his book, The 5 Levels of Leadership, John C. Maxwell presents a model of leadership developed through more than 30 years of experience in leadership positions. Maxwell’s journey has given him insights into what effective leadership looks like, and this book examines what he identifies as five types of leadership experience.
In order for leadership to be effective, Maxwell has found that it must encompass
certain characteristics. Once one finds oneself in a leadership position, the type of leadership style one embraces and how one carries out the tasks of the position will determine whether one will rise to become an effective and successful leader.
The following study guide is especially designed to help pastors in their positions of leadership to examine their own style of leadership and how they fit into Maxwell’s model. The aim of this study is to look at the 5 levels Maxwell presents in his book and apply them to the church.
There are six sections below, corresponding to the introductory material and the 5 levels of leadership. As you finish each section of the book, take a few moments to reflect on the questions given in this study guide and consider how you would answer them from the perspective of your ministry context.
Note: The first section of questions for each leadership level is the same. These are general questions to help you consider how the information in the book can be applied to ministry situations. The second section for each leadership level has more specific questions regarding the content of each chapter. Introduction: You Can Have a Leadership Game Plan for Your Life
1. Leadership is influence (p. 2).
In what ways is this a good definition of leadership? In what ways do you find it inadequate?
How would you define leadership?
2. Leadership is a process, not