Everyone knows how much I enjoy the long haul Emirates flights from Melbourne to Bordeaux as they provide an extended period of quiet time to read, think and strategise. I learnt a long time back that “leaders are readers” or putting it another way “If you want to lead, you first need to learn to read”. As an engineer I hated that – now I love it!. But I am always surprised on a 13 hour flight that everyone seems to have nothing to do nor has thought of what they might do to best to profitably utilise that time. A good leadership book is a great addition to any long journey!
Which brings me to the point of this blog which is to say how much I enjoyed John C Maxwell’s 5 Levels of Leadership. In the book John helps us step by step which level of leadership we are at:-
This is the entry level to leadership, where the only level of influence a leader has is that which comes with the job title.
This level is based entirely on relationships. At the Permission level, people follow because they trust you and want to.
Leaders become great, not because of their power, but because of their ability to empower others.
Only very gifted leaders can rise up to this highest level. Pinnacle leaders do one thing very well – they raise other leaders up to Level 4.
For anyone with a team and some big goals, this is a must read book. Get a straightforward assessment of where you are up to and where your personal opportunities for growth are. The better leader you are, the stronger your influence to make positive change happen and realise those important projects and goals in life.
Paradise Rescued is very proud of its team. And we will continue to try in every way possible to help our leaders to develop and rise up. This will be reflected back to us in our results and achievements and the extent to which we achieve our Mission and Vision.
So tell us, what level leader are you? Who is your Level 5 leader?