Maxwell describes the 5 levels as:
- Position: People follow you because they have to.
- Permission: People follow you because they want to.
- Production: People follow you because of what you have done for the organisation.
- People Development: People follow you because of what you have done for them.
- Pinnacle: People follow you because of who you are and what you represent.
Maxwell asserts that effective leaders understand what it took to get them to their current level of leadership and that they need to continue to grow and change in order to move up the five levels. He asserts that a paradigm shift is required to move from one level to the next.
In his blog, Maxwell gives a number of insights into the book:
- You Can Move Up a Level But You Never Leave the Previous One Behind
- Leadership is dynamic – You Are Not on the Same Level with Every Person
- The Higher You Go, The Easier It Is to Lead
- The Higher You Go, the More Time and Commitment Is Required to Win a Level
- Moving Up Levels Occurs Slowly, But Going Down Can Happen Quickly
Both his book and his Blog are worth reading and I encourage you to do so.
He answers a number of questions on the five levels in this YouTube video:
What level of leadership are you at?
Do you understand what it took to get you to your current level?
Are you ready for a paradigm shift in order to move up to the next level?