John C. Maxwell points to some lovely levels in leadership. And what we want to strive for is to cultivate Pinnacle-People who follow you. They follow because of who you are, and what you represent. They aren’t following you for the money, the position, for just a job, or even what you have done for them. They follow you — to just follow you.
They follow you for your vision.
They follow you because of your integrity.
They follow you because of your character.
They follow you because of your kindness, graciousness, and patience.
No matter what you face today, you can you respond with great graciousness, being as true to your values as you can. It’s not easy if you have a contract to close, had a tough employee meeting, and some down news from the stock market. But you can still be a Pinnacle Leader.
Here are Maxwell’s Five Levels of Leadership:
- Position-People: They follow because they have to
- Permission-People: They follow because they want to
- Production-People: They follow because of what you have done for the organization
- People Development-People: They follow because of what you have done for them personally
and most importantly,
- Pinnacle-People: They follow because of who they are and what they represent
John C. Maxwell is an American author and leadership expert. His books–especially the 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, have sold millions of copies and have even landed him on the New York Time’s Bestseller List. Born in 1947 to an evangelical family in Garden City, Michigan, Maxwell was exposed to a religious lifestyle from a young age. He served as a senior pastor at Skyline Church for 14 years, but in 1995, he decided to devote his efforts full-time to writing and speaking. It was then that Maxwell began to think deeply about leadership.
He founded INJOY, Maximum Impact, the John Maxwell Team, ISS, and EQUIP. EQUIP is an international leadership development organization that works to develop leaders; in fact, it is involved with leaders from over 80 nations. Its mission is to “see effective leaders fulfill the Great Commission in every nation,” the Great Commission being a tenet of Christianity about the instructions of Jesus Christ. Maxwell speaks to Fortune 500 companies, international organizations, and even the United States Military Academy about effective leadership strategies. Notably, he was one of the 25 authors named to Amazon’s 10th Anniversary Hall of Fame. In 2014, he was Inc. Magazine’s #1 leadership and management expert in the world.