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Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Center Street; Unabridged edition (October 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607885174
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607885177
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #936,006 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"John has been a mentor and teacher for me for many years and what I love most about him is that he has pushed and helped me personally go through the 5 Levels of Leadership!"—Kevin Turner, COO, Microsoft

"The leader's greatest calling is building leadership in the coming generation, and John Maxwell's The 5 Levels of Leadership offers the roadmap for taking the journey to that highest level."—Michael Useem, author of The Leadership Moment and The Go Point

"The 5 Levels Of Leadership is John Maxwell's ultimate contribution to the topic. It's clear, helpful, inspiring and guaranteed to give any reader the ability to fulfill what Napoleon defined as the role of the leader: 'Define reality, then give hope.'"—Tim Sanders, former Chief Solutions Officer at Yahoo! and author of Today We Are Rich

"I first became acquainted with John Maxwell's material when I went back into coaching for the St. Louis Rams after a 14 year hiatus from NFL coaching....What a wealth of leadership and personal growth wisdom! I believe his 5 Levels of Leadership is his best work yet. I know you'll love it."—Dick Vermeil, Former NFL Head Football Coach

"When it comes to leadership, inspiration is just as important - if not more so - than information. John Maxwell offers both. The 5 Levels of Leadership will not only tell you how to climb higher, it will give you the motivation you need to reach the top."—Dan T. Cathy, President & Chief Operating Officer, Chick-fil-A, Inc.

"John has taught THE 5 LEVELS OF LEADERSHIP to our leaders at Delta with great results. The insight and valuable principles he delivers has helped all of us - no matter the position or level - raise our effectiveness and improve our performance. John is a dynamic communicator with a heart for leadership that all can learn from."—-- Ed Bastian, President of Delta Air Lines.

John Maxwell's books have been required reading for my leadership team for years. I can't think of anyone better at distilling decades of leadership experience into practical, approachable principles that anyone can apply at any level of leadership.
Dave Ramsey, host of The Dave Ramsey Show and bestselling author of The Total Money Makeover

About the Author

John C. Maxwell is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, coach, and speaker who has sold more than 24 million books in fifty languages. Often called America's #1 leadership authority, Maxwell was Identified as the most popular leadership expert in the world by Inc. magazine in 2014. And he has been voted the top leadership professional six years in a row on He is the founder of The John Maxwell Company, The John Maxwell Team, and EQUIP, a non-profit organization that has trained more than 5 million leaders in 180 countries. Each year Maxwell speaks to Fortune 500 companies, presidents of nations, and many of the world's top business leaders. He can be followed at For more information about him visit

More About the Author

John C. Maxwell is an internationally recognized leadership expert, speaker, coach, and author who has sold over 19 million books. Dr. Maxwell is the founder of EQUIP and the John Maxwell Company, organizations that have trained more than 5 million leaders worldwide. Every year he speaks to Fortune 500 companies, international government leaders, and organizations as diverse as the United States Military Academy at West Point, the National Football League, and the United Nations. A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Business Week best-selling author, Maxwell has written three books which have each sold more than one million copies: The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, Developing the Leader Within You, and The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader. You can find him at and follow him at

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The book is very simple and easy to read.
Reid Mccormick
The 5 Levels of Leadership is an amazing book and has motivated myself to step up and take the initiative to strive to be a better leader.
The 5 levels are something anyone can learn and apply and I highly recommend this book to anyone in a leadership role!

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84 of 91 people found the following review helpful By laurab123 on October 25, 2011
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I have to admit... after reading multiple John Maxwell books they all started sounding the same. I read the 21 laws of leadership so many times and every other one of his books seemed to be a watered down version of this book. So I skipped buying this 5 Levels of Leadership hardcover when it came out, despite being on his email list. Then a good friend called me (who had purchased the book) and convinced me to buy it. I'm so glad he did!!!! This book specifically takes you through a checklist of how to increase leadership on an individual basis. I learned so much from this and my eyes were opened about my own relationships and how people view me. WOW so so so glad I bought this book (ordered through Amazon for my kindle and only paid like 12 dollars). I can't speak highly enough about this book. You should buy it.
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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Kary Oberbrunner on October 4, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Lead U2 singer Bono writes the same song with a thousand different nuances and it gets better every time.

Best-selling author John C. Maxwell wrote the same book with a thousand different nuances and it too just got better.

Besides Maxwell's book reaching a whole new level, it might help you jump to your next level of leadership. As the world's #1 Leadership Guru, John brings you his best: stories, humor, truth, experience, and practical application.

In this book you'll learn the 5 levels of leadership:

1. Position--People follow because they have to.

2. Permission--People follow because they want to.

3. Production--People follow because of what you have done for the organization.

4. People Development--People follow because of what you have done for them personally.

5. Pinnacle--People follow because of who you are and what you represent.

More importantly, you'll face your own leadership gaps and the choice of jumping to your next level. In the words of Maxwell: "everything rises and falls on leadership: - including whether or not you reach your next level.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Corinne Derenburger on October 28, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I've technically been in a leadership role with various organizations for 20+ years. I've read countless books on leadership. This one ties everything together into one neat book. I've given 5 levels out as gifts to our Board of Directors, colleagues and community leaders.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Aaron M. Marcelli on June 5, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I will start by saying this is a wonderful leadership book! I have read a lot of Maxwell and sometimes I get the sense he is recycling information. Well, for this book he had been saving up. The content was mostly new material laid out in a simple way. I found Maxwell's theory about there being five leadership levels quite solid and he does a great job of explaining them. That being said, I do have quite a few critiques of the book. Though I will list these concerns below, I still recommend the book to every leader.

If you know Maxwell at all, you know he has not shortage of confidence. As is usual, that comes across in this writing but can at times seem arrogant. He has almost nothing good to say about levels 1 and 2 (position and relationship), perhaps because he sees himself so far removed from those levels. This could be deflating to new leaders who will naturally start at level one. Maxwell can make it sounds as though you're insignificant until you reach the upper levels of leadership.

Then, once he gets into describing the upper levels of leadership, he has almost nothing bad to say about them. This is obviously where Maxwell sees himself as he shares most of his stories in these last sections of the book, so he may look past the negatives to these levels. The outline of the book is to explain a level of leadership, discuss the benefits to that level, list the negatives of that level, and then talk about how to reach the next level. With the upper levels I felt he was shorting on the negatives, only coming up with a few weak possible downsides to the levels he feels are most important. Perhaps to match the flow of the book he lists a few weaknesses but they are mostly hypothetical for levels 3 and 4.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Alfred Getler on October 28, 2011
Format: Hardcover
John C. Maxwell has always provided me with great information in all of his books, CD's and DVD's. Maxwell has helped me help so many others become better leaders through his material.

That said, if you value leadership and to be a better leader, then buy this book. Id you know someone who wants to be a leader, buy this book for that person. If you know someone that fancies themselves a leader, but hasn't a clue, buy them this book.

Quite frankly, you could tear page 6 out of the book and toss the rest away and you will be better off then you where. But don't do that. Each chapter gives you robust information, examples and sound advice to help you rise through the levels of leadership.

Finally, when you get to chapter five, it will be the fifth course of a five course meal. It will be the dessert that you will want to savor. Not only will you want to become a Level Five leader, but you will only want to work with and associate yourself with these pinnacle leaders.

Everything rises and falls on leadership. That is a phrase of Maxwell's I repeat again and again. This week alone I have given away four copies of this book. One to the general manager of my company, one to a college president, one to a business owner and one to a leader of a nonprofit I work with. If everything rises and falls on leadership, I want those around me to be at their pinnacle as soon as possible.

Buy the book. Then you will buy more.
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