The middle of 2018, my wife and I were laid off from our ministry jobs. In one day we lost my pastoral job and her admin job at our church. This created some time where I would use to help build into my leadership development skill toolbox. One of those tools is a book I turned back to by John Maxwell titled: 5 Levels of Leadership. This book is one that was used greatly to help aid in my leadership development skill sets.
One leadership development skill I developed thanks to coaching I have had over the years is when finished with a book I ask myself “How can this help me in being a better leader”? The answer to that question for me is what I am going to quickly hit on in this post.
Leadership Development Skills Overview
Level 1-Position. Anyone can be appointed a position but does not make them a leader.
Level 2 -Permission. People follow because they want to. You have developed trust.
Level 3 – Production. Here is where people will follow because of what you have done for the organization.
Level 4- People development. Here the leader becomes known to not just get things done but they invest in others and help them develop.
Level 5- Pinnacle. This is a level that only naturally gifted leaders make it to. Here people follow because of who the leader is and what they represent.
The Question: How Does This Make Me A Better Leader?
As I was rolling these levels over and asking myself how can this help me become a better leader I had a few thoughts.
As a leader, we lead a variety of people and have the opportunity to influence many different generations but our influence will shorten out if we are not working on our leadership to help lead all those different generations. We can not just stop with a position that we have been given.
Leadership development must cover all those we are responsible to lead.
In today’s world where we have the internet, it has become so easy to learn and grow in an area we want to. Check these out these few links that I found by doing just a quick Google search to further my development in leading different generations if that is where I was wanting to grow in my leadership.
– Managing People from 5 different generations
– Leading across the generations.
– Working with 5 generations in the workplace
To stop at level one, Position, cannot be accepted if you want to lead. Get out there and grow.
Responsibilities Grow and Privileges Decrease
The higher you go the more time and commitment it takes to advance to a new level. Because of the time needed it will create a change in how we must spend our time. When days were once filled with chasing whatever projects came into our emails or calls that came in, we will find that often those times are strategically replaced with us building new and improved leadership skills.
Some of those skills to be developed or improved could include:
1. Earning respect.
As the workplace evolves to become more transparent, collaborative and mindful, leaders must be equally diligent to earn respect from their team. Leaders must hold themselves responsible and accountable for the effect their influence has on their employees and the organization as a whole. Leadership should be earned anew each day. – Sheri Nasim, Center for Executive Excellence
The future of leadership will revolve around our capacities to build emotional intelligence within ourselves as leaders, and those whose lives we touch.
The days of cubicles and 9-to-5 routines are winding down. Teams are quickly transitioning to work from remote locations, on their own time, on platforms that change every single day. Flexibility may be an old-school idea, yet it’s a principle leader will always need. Adapting to the changing technology and millennial-created cultures continue to keep leaders fresh and effective. – Hanna Hermanson, Dream Life is Real Life
The pace of work, innovation, and change continue to accelerate. Leaders need to be highly skilled listeners to stay ahead of the curve on what’s happening with their teams, their clients and their partners. That will require learning to listen on multiple levels, including being able to tune in better to the emotional soundtracks of those they lead, serve and work with. – Joe Casey, Princeton Executive Coaching
5. Communication and soft skills
“Soft skills” like communication, listening and public speaking have become crucial in the day-to-day leadership environment. Without effective communication, leaders are just figureheads. By focusing on interpersonal interactions, leaders can reach individuals where they are and connect. – Jennifer Oleniczak Brown, The Engaging Educator
Growing the 5 levels of leadership skills will produce the desired growth.
Each new level of growth will require new leadership development skills to be learned. My team building skills that I had to learn when I was just given a position of leadership and my team was a handful of people basically all my own age as compared to when my leadership has grown through the 5 levels of leadership that John writes about, are night and day.
These are only a few quick thoughts I took from this book and incorporate into my leadership skills. I do recommend this book to anyone who is wanting to go to another level in their leadership.
- What Leadership Development Skills do you need to work on?
- What is your game plan for working on those Leadership Skills?