Book Review: The 5 Levels of Leadership

John C. Maxwell remains one of the most popular authors whose books have been summarized by Soundview Executive Book Summaries. When one considers the reasons why Maxwell strikes a resonant chord time and again, a trio of potential answers become readily apparent. Maxwell’s books include straightforward advice, a strong moral and philosophical underpinning, and a warmth in delivery that feels like personal coaching from an old friend. All of the above are present once more in Maxwell’s latest best-seller The 5 Levels of Leadership, now available as a Soundview Executive Book Summary at Summary.com.

Maxwell takes readers on a journey through a career in leadership. His five levels (Position, Permission, Production, People Development and The Pinnacle) are a framework upon which a career in any industry can be constructed. Each level is supported by principles, rules or beliefs that instill capability and confidence in readers. Maxwell distinguishes his level system from other leadership books by establishing up front that being named to a leadership position, while an honor, does little more than provide an empty vessel. How and with what that vessel is filled forms the heart of the challenge of leadership.

Executives reading The 5 Levels of Leadership will want to pay particular attention to Maxwell’s fourth level (People Development). The ability to develop productive leaders from one’s own team is a difficult skill to master. It can also intimidate executives who fear that they are grooming their own replacements. Maxwell provides heartfelt council about the reasons why developing leaders is the single highest goal to which any executive can aspire. It is only through the multiplication of one’s own success in others that the fifth and final level (The Pinnacle) can be attained. The fact that Maxwell states that the fifth level is a rarity is a testament to the determination it takes to achieve this goal.

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Business Learning in Bloom with Three New Summaries

If you check your calendar today, you’ll notice that the first quarter of 2012 is rapidly coming to a close. How are you progressing on your personal and professional goals for the year? What about your people? Are your interactions with them leading to increased success for both sides? With spring upon us, it’s time to do what’s necessary to help your ambitions begin to bloom. To that end, here are three great new Soundview Executive Book Summaries to help your business development efforts:

 

by John C. Maxwell

The 5 Levels of Leadership by John C. Maxwell: The concept of 5 levels of leadership is one that John C. Maxwell has taught all over the world. The levels represent stages in leadership development starting with being the boss who people follow because you have been appointed as their leader, to reaching the pinnacle of leadership, when you are followed because of who you are and what you represent. In The 5 Levels of Leadership, you will learn how to master the ability to inspire people and achieve results. Maxwell details each level of leadership and provides a clear path to reach the next.

 

 

 

 

by Harrison Monarth

360 Degrees of Influence by Harrison Monarth: The best leaders influence those who are below and above them, as well as people external to the organization, such as customers and partners. In 360 Degrees of Influence, Harrison Monarth provides advice on how to gain the trust and respect of those around you and how to expand your influence well beyond your immediate environment. Providing valuable insight into human emotion and behavior, Monarth reveals the secrets to knowing what people are thinking and feeling — maybe better than they do.

 

 

 

 

by Gary Vaynerchuk

The Thank You Economy by Gary Vaynerchuk: Gary Vaynerchuk’s Thank You Economy principles are about the way we communicate, the way we buy and sell, and the way businesses and consumers interact online and offline. Companies and brands are now competing on a whole new level in an entirely new business era. The Thank You Economy reveals how businesses can harness all the changes and challenges inherent in social media and turn them into tremendous opportunities for profit and growth.

To get your copies of these summaries in all of Soundview’s digital formats, visit Soundview’s Web site Summary.com.