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I have a super important topic for today called the “5 Levels of Leadership.”
This is based on the bestselling book by the leadership guru himself, John Maxwell. If you are a manager then this is super important.
As we go through the five levels, you’ll probably see where you think you’re at, maybe where you’d like to be, but where others see you. That’s the perception of others.
As John Maxwell says, “Everything rises and falls on leadership,” so you don’t have to be a manager to be a leader.
Even if you don’t think your role involves leadership, perhaps it could be in your personal life. You could be a mother or father, boyfriend, girlfriend, family member, peer or colleague.
Level 1: Position
Position means people follow you because they have to.
Look at this guy. Does he look like he’s telling us what to do and how to do it? That’s level one.
Level 2: Permission
Permission is where people follow you because they want to. Massive difference to level one.
Level 3: Production
Level three is where people follow because of what you’ve done for the organization.
I thought Steve Jobs was a great example of that for Apple and how innovative he was with the products that we now mostly own.
Level 4: People Development
I couldn’t think of anybody better to represent this level than Mr Tony Robbins. It is when people follow you because of what you’ve done for them. Tony had a massive impact on my own life and personal development journey many years ago. Great leaders such as Oprah Winfrey and many other people, even people within your organization. But again, think about where you’re at, maybe where you’d like to be, and potentially where others perceive you.
Level 5: Pinnacle
I’ve chosen Sir Richard Branson for this. People follow you because of who you are and what you represent. You might have people in your life that you follow because of this reason, and this is the pinnacle of where you’re at and a lot of other people. We could have chosen for this, but think—Richard Branson. I think what he represents is super powerful. A lot of people within his companies are working for him and want to because of who he is and what he represents.
So, have a look at the five levels and see where you’re currently at. You are a leader, even if you’re thinking you’re not. But where are you? Where do you want to be? What needs to happen for you to get there? And lastly, potentially, how do you think others perceive you? And if you’re not sure, ask because often people are telling us how they perceive you.
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