Recently I dove into a brilliant book called The 5 Levels of Leadership by John C Maxwell. Once in while, something like this just slaps me in the face with a reality check and gets me inspired! I don’t know why I had not read it yet, but I am glad I picked it up, and it got me thinking, “What kind of leader have I been lately?” So I got to work on taking my own personal notes, and even did some work on my whiteboards which is something I suggest you do with anything you are trying to learn – see my post on Are You Truly a Professional? Then Develop Yourself. Without diving into the book in detail like a book report, I thought I would share with you the insights I gleaned and offer some suggestions on how to use it for yourself.
Start by asking yourself if you truly want to be a leader and inspire others, or are you content just holding onto your position in management? Leadership is there for the taking, if you are willing to start working on YOU first. Ego has no place in leadership, that’s what managers are for.