Real leadership is being the person others will gladly and confidently follow.
If there is an issue that needs to be decided, who is the person whose opinion seems most valuable?
You start to communicate effectively. This leads to recognition and recognition in turn leads to influence.
The 5 Levels of Leadership
1. Position (Rights) – People follow because they have to. Your influence will not extend beyond the lines of your job description. The longer you stay here, the higher the turnover and the lower the morale.
2. Permission (Relationship) – People follow because they want to. People will follow you beyond your stated authority. This level allows work to be fun. Caution: Staying too long on this level without rising will cause highly motivated people to become restless.
3. Production (Results) – People follow because of what you have done for the organization. This is where success is sensed by most people. They will like you and what you are doing. Problems are fixed with very little effort because of momentum.
4. People Development (Reproduction) – People follow because of what you have done for them. This is where long-range growth occurs. Your commitment to developing leaders will insure ongoing growth to the organization and to people. Do whatever you can to achieve and stay on this level.
5. Personhood (Respect) – People follow because of who you are and what you represent. This step is reserved for leaders who have spent years growing people and organizations. Few make it. Those who do are bigger than life.
White collar workers are used to participating in decision-making and resent dictatorial leadership.
People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. Leadership begins with the heart, not the head.
On this level, the leader donates times, energy, and focus on the follower’s needs and desires.
People who are unable to build solid, lasting relationships will soon discover that they are unable to sustain long, effective leadership.
You cannot lead people without loving them.
Leadership Level 2:
- Possess a genuine love for people.
- Make those who work with you more successful.
- Love people more than procedures.
- Do “win-win” or don’t do it.
- Include others in your journey.
- Deal wisely with difficult people.
Leadership Level 3:
- Initiate and accept responsibility for growth.
- Develop and follow a statement of purpose.
- Develop accountability for results.
- Know and do the things that give a high return.
- Communicate the strategy and vision of the organization.
- Become a change-agent and understand timing.
- Make the difficult decisions that will make a difference.
A leader is great, not because of his or her powers, but because of his or her ability to empower others.
A leader’s responsibility is developing others to do the work.
A true leader can be recognized because somehow his people consistency demonstrate superior performance.
You win people’s hearts by helping them grow personally.
Leadership Level 4:
- Realize that people are your most valuable asset.
- Place a priority on developing people.
- Be a model for others to follow.
Leadership Level 5:
- Your followers are loyal and sacrificial.
- You have spent years mentoring and molding leaders.
- You have become a statesman/consultant, and are sought out by others.
- Your greatest joy comes from watching others grow and develop.
- You transcend the organization.
The higher you go, the higher the level of commitment.
If you are leading a group of people, you will not be on the same level with everyone.
For your leadership to remain effective, it is essential that you take the other influencers within the group with you to the higher levels.
Everyone is a leader because everyone influences someone. Not everyone will become a great leader, but everyone can become a better leader.
Will you use your leaderships skills to better mankind?
“Lord, may my life help other lives
It touches by the way.”