The 5 Levels of Leadership by John C. Maxwell

“The goal in life is not to live forever. The goal in life is to create something that does.”

When I started reading books about leadership I was very skeptical. If you would have asked me if leaders were born or created, I would have answered, “Created” and I think most people would answer the same way.“No one is born a leader, he or she must be disciplined and mold the necessary skills.”

However, my actions would have said much different. Every time I heard about a new leadership book or another guide to successful administration, I would just roll my eyes and I think young people would have that same reaction: “What can a book tell you about leadership? You have to experience and work at it.”

In my opinion, most people would say leaders are made, yet act like leaders are born.

John C. Maxwell is well known in the world of leadership study – more specifically the world of Christian leadership study. In this popular work, Maxwell breaks down leadership into 5 levels: Position, Permission, Production, People Development, and Pinnacle. He shares the upside and downside to each level, how to reach the next level, and the laws of the level.

The book is very simple and easy to read. It is probably the easiest book to skim read. Maxwell always gets straight to the point with absolutely no fluff. I think this book is a great study on leadership and a perfect book for a leadership team to work through together.