Tuesday, June 24, 2008

The five levels of leadership

(ORDER BY levels DESC)

5 - Position (Title) "Rights"
People follow because they have to.
Your influence will not extend beyond the lines of your job
description. The longer you stay here, the higher the turnover and
lower the morale. People begin to limit you, to put fences around you.
You can't stay here more than two years.

4 - Permission "Relationship"
People follow because they want to. People will follow you beyond your stated authority. This level allows work to be fun.
Caution: Staying too long on this level without rising will cause highly motivated people to become restless.

3 - Production "Results"
People follow because of what you have done for the organization.
This is where success is sensed by most people. They like you and what
you are doing. Problems are fixed with very little effort because of
momentum. (Don't ; let the momentum stop!).

2 - People Development "Reproduction"
People follow because of what you have done for them personally.
This is where long-range growth occurs. Your commitment to developing
leaders will ensure ongoing growth to the organization and to people.
Do whatever you can archive and stay on this level.

1 - Personhood "Respect"
People follow you because of who you are and what you represent.
This step is reserved for leaders who have spent years growing people
and organizations. Few make it. Those who do are bigger than life!

-- Dr John Maxwell, Developing the leader within you


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