John C Maxwell Leadership 101

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John C. Maxwell’s Leadership 101
Executive Summary:
Leadership 101-- The five levels of leadership
Did you know that each of us influences at least ten thousand other people during our lifetime? Maxwell wants us to know that it is not whether we will influence someone, but how we will use our influence. Influence is the measure of leadership and we can increase our influence and leadership potential if we understand the levels of leadership.
Maxwell states that real leadership is being the person who others will gladly and confidently follow. Each and every one of us is a leader in some way—we are constantly influencing other people around us.
According to Maxwell, everyone has the capability to climb up the five different levels of
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Each and every one of us is a leader in some way—we are constantly influencing other people around us. According to Maxwell, everyone has the capability to climb up the five different levels of leadership-- not everyone will become a great leader, but everyone can become a better leader. The qualities of a great leader that are developed along the different levels of leadership which include, but are not limited to, personal humility, professional will, and building a legacy—but it seems that Maxwell places the most importance on building a legacy. Maxwell’s 5 levels of leadership are similar and different when compared to our Level 5 Hierarchy (in boxes):
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Level 1- Highly Capable Individual
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Makes productive contributions through talent, knowledge, skills, and good work habits.
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Maxwell’s Level 1- Position (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 the lower the morale.

Maxwell’s level 1 leadership is closely related to the level 1 in our level 5 hierarchy. Maxwell’s states that in this level the following characteristics must be exhibited with excellence: know your job description thoroughly, be aware of the history of the organization, do your job with consistent excellence, do more than expected, offer creative ideas for change…