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Overview of the 5 Levels of Leadership
There are 5 levels of leadership, and each level is very distinct from the others:
- Position: People follow you because they have to.
- Permission: People follow you because they want to.
- Production: People follow you because of what you’ve done for the organization.
- People development: People follow you because of what you’ve done for them.
- Pinnacle: People follow you because of who you are and what you represent.
Here are some important things to know about these 5 levels:
- You are not on the same level with every person. With every person, you have to build your position from the beginning.
- 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.
- The higher you go, the greater the return.
- Not climbing the levels limits you and your people.
- When you change positions or organizations, you seldom stay at the same level. However, it’s much easier to climb because you know how to do it.
- You cannot climb the levels alone.
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