Are you a Leader?  If not what kind of Leader
are you following?
By Rodney Camren

I just finished reading the #1 New York Times Bestselling Author John C. Maxwell’s The 5 Levels of Leadership.  In this book he states as a leader, you have great power to lift people up.  Mother Teresa said “Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are endless.” 



How many times have you ever shook your head in doubt and wondered “how did they become the boss/leader?”  Or maybe you have followed someone great who is a leader and stated “they are just the best boss/leader ever!”  Leadership is not necessarily a natural behavior one just knows how to do (though it can be its just not common).  There are some people who think just because they have a title that they have become a leader.  Of course we all know that couldn’t be further from the truth.  Everything rises and falls on leadership, EVERYTHING!  So what does it take to be a leader or to know if you are following one that has true leadership qualities?  Everyone can learn to master leadership the question is are you ready?

One of my favorite levels in the book is Level 4 People Development – people follow because of what you have done for them personally.  In my opinion John hits the nail on the head when he states leaders on level 4 “use their position, relationships and productivity to invest in their followers and develop them until those followers become leaders in their own right.”  I love love love this and the reason why is too many times leaders don’t get to this point because of fear.  They fear if they train others to be leaders they might outperform the leader.  So they do everything that they can to not encourage or train others to be lifted to higher levels of leadership.  However in doing so what they miss out on is the opportunity to change the lives of the people they lead and the possibility of a lifelong relationship.  I call this passing the baton.  The next generation of leaders need to be groomed and lifted and the way you do that is reach out to them and guide them, encourage them to be part of and not excluding them.  At some point in your leadership you will not be able to or want to be the leader any more.  If you don’t have someone there to take your place all of your efforts will be for not.  This also follows John’s idea of the law of the lid.  “Don’t allow yourself to become the lid on your organization.  Give it the best chance for a bright future by developing other leaders.”  

Level 5 The Pinnacle – people follow because of who you are and what you represent.  John states this is the highest and the most difficult level of leadership.   He also states that you must be talented and naturally gifted.  “Level 5 leaders develop level 5 organizations.  Level 5 leaders often transcend their position, their organization and sometimes their industry.”  RE-read that last statement transcend their position, their organization and sometimes their industry.  How powerful is that?  As a Realtor I think of Gary Keller being Level 5 in leaders.  For decades he has truly built a company that has transcended the industry and made Keller Williams Realty the #1 real estate company on the planet.   In just 32 short years he has transformed how we do real estate in today’s industry.  What would your Level 5 example be?  In looking over these 5 steps where do you see yourself as a leader?  When you follow someone what level do you see them performing at? The one thing you always need to remember is no matter what level you are be teachable and humbled.

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This article is sponsored by Heart of Gwinnett (formerly New Lawrenceville). Heart of Gwinnett is a FREE networking organization of businesses and volunteers that are working to bring community together.

Author Rodney Camren helps to lead Heart of Gwinnett in an effort to promote buying locally, educate the community on issues that affect our community. Rodney Camren is a Real Estate Agent with Keller Wiliams.