I have been studying material which I have received through our LIFE business and have come across something I have been sharing with a lot of people in the past two weeks. I thought I would give a few examples on the levels of leadership. The following information has come from John Maxwell’s book, Developing the Leader Within You and his new book The 5 Levels of Leadership.
The 5 Levels of Leadership
This is the smallest form of leadership, which is usually followed up with a title. A lot of people think just because they have a great position at work or in a business that it makes them important and they can call themselves leaders. Most people who have a position are actually managers rather than leaders. This level of leadership is usually given to people rather than earned by their talents and abilities. People will not follow positional leaders any further than their title.
A great quote from Maxwell referring to this level of leadership is, “When the Leader lacks confidence, the followers lack commitment.” I see this a lot in business where people find themselves wondering why they can’t move on. They say things like, “I have told everyone what to do,” or “My team won’t do anything.” Always remember, the speed of the team is the speed of the leader. One main reason why people get stuck at this level of leadership is they may have trouble developing meaningful relationships with people. In other words, people may not like you. The key to moving on here is developing your people skills and learning to genuinely care for other people.
This a level where people will give you permission to lead them based on your relationship. The saying, “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care” applies here. The deeper, more solid relationships you have, the longer you’re able to lead someone. You can love people without leading them, but you can’t lead people without loving them. Just because you care about someone doesn’t mean you’re able to lead them.
A lot of times people get stuck here in business because they have a hard time getting to the next level of leadership, which is performance. In our business, you may be able to lead someone for 1, 3, or 6 months on a good relationship but if you don’t show them progress, it’s probably not going to go much further than that. The key to moving on is seeking a mentor that can help you hone your skills to be able to develop results and be hungry for the knowledge.
This is the level where great things begin to happen. This is where you help people get positive results in LIFE or business and create momentum. Here, people are focused on results, having a lot of fun and are full of excitement. This level is where people get together to accomplish a purpose.
When you can lead people to this level you are destined to lead for a long time and make a great impact on many lives. Anyone can get to this level by just learning and being persistent and not ever worrying about failure. Some fail to arrive here because they give up just short of being consistent enough.
The biggest downfall to this level is, when some people hit it they think they have arrived and sometimes can develop an ego. Always remember, your organization can only get a certain size when you are the only leader. The main key to moving on to the next level is identifying and developing up and coming leaders by mentorship and coaching.
4. People Development/Reproduction
I once heard that a success without a successor is failure. This is one of the most rewarding levels of leadership because the only way to get here is to empower others and help them grow personally. This is where a lot of your time is dedicated to mentoring and coaching other people to excel in their careers, lives, or business. The only downfall is sometimes people may think you’re a positional based leader. The way around this is always be leading new people through all these stages of leadership by mentoring and coaching. Most importantly, show them how to move through each level by being out in the field with them.
This is the level I aspire to reach in the future. Only a lifetime of proven leadership will allow a person to gain the rewards of such a purposed filled life. At this level, you have spent decades mentoring and molding leaders. Your greatest joy is watching others grow and develop into better leaders. This is where your leaders become loyal to you forever. This is where you are nationally recognized and are sought out by others to be their mentor. A great example of this level of leadership, in my opinion, is Orrin Woodward. Today in the world when it is popular to be average, Orrin stands up as an individual that has spent the last 12 years of his life dedicated to reaching a million people and improving their lives. I totally believe within the next 10 years Orrin Woodward will be on the cover of Time Magazine as one of the greatest Americans this world has ever seen.
What level of leadership are you at? Are you striving to get to the next one with everything you got? The TIME IS NOW!!
All the best in LIFE,