How Successful People Lead: Taking Your Influence to the Next Level

How Successful People Lead: Taking Your Influence to the Next Level

by John C. Maxwell


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In this perfectly compact read, #1 New York Times bestselling author John C. Maxwell explains how true leadership works.

It is not generated by your title. In fact, being named to a position is the lowest of the five levels every effective leader achieves. To be more than a boss people are required to follow, you must master the ability to inspire and invest in people. You need to build a team that produces not only results, but also future leaders. By combining the advice contained in these pages with skill and dedication, you can reach the pinnacle of leadership-where your influence extends beyond your immediate reach for the benefit of others.

Derived from material previously published in the Wall Street Journal bestseller The 5 Levels of Leadership.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781599953625
Publisher: Center Street
Publication date: 05/21/2013
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 61,552
Product dimensions: 4.75(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.75(d)

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

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

How Leadership Works 7

Insights on Leading from the Levels 14

Level 1 Position 29

It's a Great Place to Visit, but You Wouldn't Want to Live There

Level 2 Permission 65

You Can't Lead People until You Like People

Level 3 Production 103

Making Things Happen Separates Real Leaders from Wannabes

Level 4 People Development 137

Helping Individual Leaders Grow Extends Your Influence and Impact

Level 5 The Pinnacle 177

The Highest Leadership Accomplishment Is Developing Other Leaders to Level 4

Conclusion 209

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