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


Good governance isn't a matter of getting a particular position or title. In reality, being chosen for a role is only the first five levels, any successful leader achieves. You have to master the ability to invest in people and motivate them to become more than the boss" individuals obey because they are expected to. You have to achieve results to develop more in your position and create a team that produces. To become leaders in their own right, you need to encourage people to improve their skills. You will then achieve the pinnacle of leadership if you have the capacity and commitment, where maturity can allow you to expand your power beyond your immediate reach and time for the benefit of others.

The Leadership 5 Stages are:

  1. Place - Individuals obey because they have to.
  2. Permission - Because they want to.
  3. Production - Due to what you have done with the company.
  4. Creation of People - People follow regardless of what you have personally done for them.
  5. Pinnacle - People imitate who you were or what you reflect because of who you are.

Internationally recognized leadership expert John C. Maxwell explains each of these leadership stages through satire, in-depth insight, and examples. He teaches you how to learn each level to become a more powerful, valued, and effective leader and grow up to the next.


In 1947, Maxwell was born in Garden City, Michigan. A Christian evangelical, he followed his father into the ministry. In 1969, he graduated from Circleville Bible College with a bachelor's degree, a Master of Divinity degree from Azusa Pacific University, and a Doctor of Theology degree from Fuller Theological Seminary. He currently resides with his spouse, Margaret, in South Florida. He's a priest ordained in the Wesleyan Church.

Maxwell talks to Fortune 500 corporations, world government officials, and groups as diverse as the West Point Military Academy of the United States and the National Football League every year. A best-selling author of the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Business Week, he was one of 25 writers named the 10th Anniversary Hall of Fame of Amazon.com. The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Management are three of his books, Establishing the Leader Inside You and A Leader's 21 Indispensable Qualities, which have sold more than a million copies each.

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