The 5 Levels of Leadership - John C. Maxwell

The 5 Levels of Leadership

By John C. Maxwell

  • Release Date: 2011-10-04
  • Genre: Christianity
Score: 4
From 420 Ratings


Use this helpful book to learn about the leadership tools to fuel success, grow your team, and become the visionary you were meant to be.

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.


  • Relatable and authentic

    By FlemingJ7992
    My first Maxwell book, and I must say it was tough to put down. It was simple, relatable and left me with actionable items at every step. Not only for business but my own personal development benefited from this book. Highly recommend for a leader at any level.
  • 5 Levels of Leadership

    By Jon sarver
    Perfect companion to the 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership
  • Most Profound Leadership Book

    By BIGDAV6969
    More than just a business leadership book
  • Great book

    By Akaarmanado
    It is a great book too read if you want to put your company to a higher level and you have what it takes to be a good leader then you should read thia book it helps you step by step on how to work with your coworkers or employees
  • So Inspiring

    By Brownlace
    It was after an altercation with a person in a positional role I discovered this book. I found this book to be very inspiring and motivating.
  • A must read

    By PindarofTrelfast
    A required reference book and annual review for anyone developing a life of value to self and others.
  • Inspirational

    By blumet
    I have devoured this book and I typically tend not to finish any, ad I get distracted by other titles. Amazing and inspirational
  • Great partitions.

    By LzyNerd227
    Immersive count of the levels for leaders. Motivational while rational.
  • 5 levels of leadership

    By Wolfepak777
    This book was very inspiring,I throughly enjoyed it. Even though I'm not an executive I use many of these points at my work.