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5 Levels of Leadership

Proven Steps to Maximize your Potential

By John C. Maxwell
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5 Levels of Leadership: Proven Steps to Maximize your Potential by John C. Maxwell

5 Levels of Leadership is a step-by-step guide to becoming a true leader with a lasting influence. Using engaging real-life anecdotes and inspiring quotes from successful leaders, it describes key pitfalls that may be holding you back and explains how to overcome them.

  • Anyone who’s working in a leadership position
  • Anyone who carries responsibility in an organizational context
  • Anyone who wants to influence others

John C. Maxwell is a prolific best-selling author who focuses on leadership. He’s also the founder and leader of EQUIP, a non-profit organization specializing in leadership development. In his past career, he was a reverend.

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5 Levels of Leadership

Proven Steps to Maximize your Potential

By John C. Maxwell
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5 Levels of Leadership is a step-by-step guide to becoming a true leader with a lasting influence. Using engaging real-life anecdotes and inspiring quotes from successful leaders, it describes key pitfalls that may be holding you back and explains how to overcome them.

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Follow the five levels of leadership to become a true leader with lasting impact.

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of working under a great boss, you already know that having an inspiring leader can make a world of difference. Great leaders have the vision – that is, the ability to navigate a dynamic, fast-changing business world.

A modern company is like a sailboat on a stormy sea. Like the captain, the leader knows how to navigate the stormy waters and chart the course to get to where you’re going. After all, the steering wheel and sails can be operated by anyone on-board, as long as there’s a leader to set the right course.

As you can see, having a visionary, forward-thinking leader is crucial. However, it may surprise you to learn that these kinds of leaders are made, not born.

Pretty much anyone can be appointed to a leadership position. But that doesn’t automatically give them influence or sway over other people. We’ve all experienced bosses who seem to think that their rank allows them to do anything they please, but leaders like that never manage to motivate their team or achieve the desired results.

On the other hand, influential leaders know how to reach the right people, develop a good strategy and get things moving. And as we’ll see in the following blinks, there are five distinct levels you have to pass in order to become that kind of effective leader.

It’s important to note that learning these leadership skills is like climbing a ladder: you have to master each step before you can climb higher. So keep reading to find out how to climb the leadership ladder and become a truly inspiring boss.

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