Review on The 5 Levels of Leadership: Proven Steps to Maximize Your Potential by John C. Maxwell

For a long time, it has been fashionable to rail against managers, claiming that they are a black stain on modern organizations and that we would all be better off without them. Few people think that management positions should be eliminated as soon as possible during the next round of (financial) cuts because they are completely useless and a “waste of money.” This is a fascinating sentiment because much of the scientific papers show exactly the opposite of people’s mindset; managers are one of the primary reasons why companies succeed! 

Then where are you in your leadership path, and where do you go from here? That question has been at the core of so many leaders through John’s many years of teaching about leadership. Everyone needed to understand where they stand and how to advance to the next level.

John will describe how leaders must understand and develop their effectiveness based on the 5 Levels of Leadership paradigm, which he introduced in his book, Developing the Leader Within You, and then built on in his book, The 5 Levels of Leadership.
To lead successfully, you must accept the need for continued growth, and the 5 Levels give a leadership Roadmap to guide you on your path. To know where you are and where you are going, you must first understand where you are.

The 5 Levels at a Glance:

Review on The 5 Levels of Leadership: Proven Steps to Maximize Your Potential by John C. Maxwell

  1. Level 1: Position—Training to lead oneself by setting priorities and developing self-discipline
  2. Level 2: Permission—People want to follow you because they want to, trusting you to lead them.
  3. Level 3: Production—Delivering outcomes understanding how to inspire others to do tasks
  4. Level 4: People Development— Evolution is the process of identifying, nurturing, and investing in future leaders. Identifying, developing, and investing in future leaders
  5. Level 5: Pinnacle—Going beyond one’s job, organization, or even industries

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Summary of 5 Level of Leadership 

A job role or a post does not always imply that you are a genuine leader. The positional manager is only the first of five levels of leadership. To progress through the five stages of leadership, you must invest in and inspire others, achieve outcomes inside the business, and develop those underneath you to become leaders themselves. As a leader, you must always be open to adjust and evolve. The five degrees of leadership are as follows:

Level 1 – Position: the level of rights

You are the “boss,” and others only obey you because they have no choice. Your impact is limited to job descriptions. Subordinates do things because they believe they must – to maintain their job, receive their salary, avoid punishment, and so on. This is where the majority of leaders begin. It is the base of leadership upon which we must construct our foundation. Someone saw promise in you if you hold a position of power, yet positional leadership is insufficient. It’s a good place to start, but in order to become a stronger leader, you must continue to study and improve.


  • People are usually given leadership positions because they have the potential to lead.
  • A leadership position implies that authority is recognized.
  • A leadership position is an invitation to develop as a leader.
  • A leadership position allows potential candidates to develop and characterize their leadership.



  •  Being in a leadership position is frequently deceptive
  •  Leaders who rely solely on their position to lead frequently undervalue people.
  •  Politics is a source of nourishment for positional leaders.
  •  Positional leaders prioritize their rights over their responsibilities.
  •  Positional leadership is frequently isolating.
  • Positional leaders are branded and stranded. 
  • Positional leaders have a high turnover rate.
  • Positional leaders are given people’s worst qualities, not their best. 

Strategies for Reaching Level 3

  • Appreciate Those Who Invited You to Lead
  • Dedicate Yourself to Leadership Development
  • Establish Your Leadership Style
  • Change your focus from position to potential
  • Concentrate on the Vision
  • Change your focus from rules to relationships
  • Don’t bring up your title or position
  • Learn to Say “I’m Not Sure.”
  • Identify a Leadership Coach.

What leadership techniques do you wish to implement? To become a great leader, first define your values and then live them out. Stop depending on status to push individuals and get rid of the entitlement mindset. If you want to advance beyond level 1, commit to leadership development, define your leadership style, the transition from position to possibilities, focus on the vision, start a conversation with team members, include others in decision making, change from rules to partnerships, occasionally say “I don’t know” (you don’t have to have all the answers), and find a leadership manager.


Level 2 – Permission: the level of relationships

People follow you because they want to — they trust and believe in you. People will now follow you beyond your claimed authority. Because leadership is defined by influence, this is the first degree of actual leadership. The leader no longer relies on positional power; instead, they influence others via connections. People will follow you instead of merely following orders if you build great ties with them. Leading via relationships reduces communication barriers and increases trust throughout the business.


  • It improves the quality of work
  • It raises one’s the energy level
  • It opens up communication channels
  • It emphasizes the worth of each individual.
  • It fosters trust.


  • Some people may find it too soft
  • Achievers may find it difficult to lead by permission
  • It is possible to make use of it
  • To be effective, it needs openness.
  • It’s Difficult for People Who Aren’t Easily Liked.
  • It requires you to deal with the entire person.

Although there are certain disadvantages to permission leadership, it is worthwhile to take the risk. You will never have the opportunity to build meaningful, satisfying connections that will improve your life if you never take the risk. To go to the next level, you must care about your employees, search for their positive traits, and learn to understand them. By putting yourself out there, you may attract a few individuals who will attempt to take advantage of you, but in the end, the majority of people will appreciate the connection, treat it properly, and offer value to both sides.

Strategies for Reaching Level 3

  • Be Sure You Have the Right Attitude toward People:
  • Connect with Yourself: Self-Awareness, Self Image, self-Honesty, Self-Improvement, Self-Responsibility 
  • Understand Where You’re Coming From 
  • Express Value for Each Person on Your Team
  • Evaluate Where You Are with Your Team
  • Accept the Whole Person As a Part of Leading: 
  • Make Fun a Goal
  • Give People Your Undivided Attention: 
  • Become Your Team’s Encourager-in-Chief
  • Practice Care and Candor: 


Level 3 – Production: the level of results

People are drawn to you because of your contributions to the group. To be a level 3 leader, you must be self-disciplined, have a strong work ethic, be organized, and have the ability to create. This is the level at which you can make things happen and see results. Leaders gain credibility, confidence, and influence by being able to produce for themselves as well as the team. Level 3 leaders recruit other producers and foster a collaborative atmosphere.


  • The degree of production lends credibility to the leader.
  • Represents and sets the bar for others visually.
  • Clarifies and makes the concept a reality.
  • Solves a range of issues.
  • It creates momentum, which serves as the foundation for team building.


  • When you are not productive, you may believe you are a leader. 
  • Leaders bear a heavy burden of responsibility for results.
  • Making Difficult Decisions is Required for Production Leadership
  • Production Management Requires Constant Attention to Level 2

Strategies for Reaching Level 4

  • Be the Team Member You Desire to Have on Your Team
  • Personal Productivity into Leadership
  • Recognize Everyone’s Productivity Specialization
  • Continuously cast vision
  • Create Your Team
  • To Solve Problems, Use Momentum
  • Determine How Team Members Influence Momentum
  • Use the Pareto Principle
  • Accept Your Change Agent Role
  • Level 2 should not be overlooked

It’s fantastic to be a level 3 leader! You’re part of a team that’s working toward organisational goals, but there’s more. People must be developed into leaders in order to go to the next level. This is where you can make a difference in people’s lives.


Level 4 – People Development: the level of reproduction

People follow you because of what you have done for them individually. Long-term growth occurs here because you are grooming future leaders to carry the flame. People are our most precious asset, thus it is critical that we continue to shape and develop them to take our position once we are gone. When you invest time, effort, energy, and money in developing future leaders, your organization will be rewarded with exponential growth. What’s better? One leader with many followers, or many leaders expanding and spreading across an organization? The ultimate purpose of leadership is to build leaders, not to gather followers or to accomplish tasks.


  • Your focus on people development distinguishes you from the majority of leaders
  • Employee Development Ensures Long-Term Growth
  • Leadership Development Empowers Others to Carry Out Their Leadership Responsibilities
  • People development enables the leader to lead more broadly.
  •  People Development Provides a Lot of Personal Satisfaction


  • Personality can lead to leaders ignoring people development.
  •  Insecurity might make leaders fearful of people development.
  •  Leaders’ shortsightedness might prevent them from seeing the importance of people development.
  •  A lack of commitment might prevent leaders from engaging in the difficult work of people development.

Strategies for Reaching Level 5

  •  Be Willing to Continue Growing:
  •  Determine Whether People Are Worth the Effort:
  •  Deal with Your Insecurities
  •  Develop the best people you can find:
  • Commit to Devoting the Time Required to Develop Leaders:
  • You Should Never Work Alone:
  • Balance Development’s Soft and Hard Sides:
  • Take Charge of Others’ Energization:
  • Maintain Your Approachability as a Leader, Role Model, and Coach

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Level 5 – Pinnacle: the level of respect

People are drawn to you because of who you are and what you stand for. Few individuals succeed here (1% of leaders). As a level 1 leader, you are nothing more than a position or title. As a level 2 leader, you are concerned with people and their abilities. As a level 3 leader, you prioritize personal and organizational productivity (while still focusing on people). As a level 4 leader, you create another layer by developing the individuals below you..Consider these levels to be building bricks – if you’re on level 4, you’re still taking care of your employees and generating results, but your emphasis is on developing the potential in others (80% time). Finally, a level 5 leader develops leaders throughout the course of a lifetime. It is a lifetime commitment, and the leaders they produce evolve into leaders who create other leaders. Level 5 leaders bring success wherever they go, they leave a legacy of leadership in their business, they propel that company to new heights, and they foster an atmosphere that benefits everyone.


  • Establishes a Level 5 organization
  • Establishes a Legacy Within the Organization 
  • Provides a Broader Platform for Leadership


  • You Believe You’ve Arrived
  •  Persuade You to Trust Your Own Press
  •  Make You Distract


Strategies for Being Your Best at Level 5

  • Maintain Humility and Teachability
  • Maintain Your Primary Concentration
  • Surround Yourself with the Right People to Keep You Grounded: • Unconditionally love me. • Represent myself in accordance with my principles. • Keep an eye on my back. • Balance out my flaws. • Continue to develop. • Carry out their obligations to the best of their abilities. • Be truthful with me. • Tell me what I need to know rather than what I want to hear. • Contribute to the weight, not add to it. • Collaborate as a group. • Add value to my life. • Take pleasure in the voyage with me.
  • Do What Only You Are Capable Of
  • Establish a Boosted Leadership Development Environment
  • Make Room for Your Top Leaders
  • Develop Your Top Leaders
  • Make a Plan for Succession
  •  Make a Legacy Plan
  • Make your leadership success a springboard for something bigger.

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