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Where are you on the 5 levels of leadership?

Submitted by on Friday, 3 December 20102 Comments

Talent Technologies offers leadership training programmes in Bangkok, Thailand. In this article we explore one of the models that we use when training leadership.

If you (like us!) find many of the concepts of leadership confusing, and are not sure about how to meet the expectations of your followers, then you may be interested in this very simple model which provides a simple framework to the transition involved in going from manager to leader.

John Maxwell’s 360° Leader offers a model which in our view captures the progression from manager to leader in a way that’s easy to understand.

Have a look:

Where are you on this ladder? An explanation of the model is as follows:


The position any of us hold in an organisation confer on us certain rights. Some of us may think that, when we get promoted, we will have greater leadership capability, because of those rights.

However, what happens sometimes is that managers, on being promoted, lead only by their position – meaning that their employees follw because they have to, not because they want to.

This is the difference between coercion and consent. Which brings us to…


The first step of leadership takes place when the leader receives permission from his direct reports, colleagues and superiors to lead.

This happens when the leader establishes effective relationships with his or her colleagues. People follow you beyond your stated authority. Work becomes fun.

However, if you remain stuck at this level, your followers may become restless due to the lack of a challenge, which is why you need to ascend to the next level of…


Production is the next level of leadership.  Here, the leader is able to get great results from his or her colleagues on a long-term, sustainable basis.

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When leaders reach this level, it’s often easy to see. This is the level of being an effective manager. However, to become an effective leader, one needs to ascend to the level of…

People Development

People development is the level where truly great differences are made.

Here, the manager spends less and less time ‘managing’, and more and more time developing the capabilities of those accountable to him or her.

People follow you because of what you have done for them – not on a ‘surface’ level, but in a deeper, transformational sense.

Here, the leader helps mentor and grow his direct reports into more leaders, creating a ‘leadership pipeline’.

Personal Fulfilment (Self Actualisation)

At this level, people respect you because of who you are and what you represent.

This level is reserved for those who have spent years growing people & the organisation they work for.

They help shape and create the culture in a vibrant, tangible way.

Watch out for Leadership Talent!

If you find this helpful then you will love Leadership Talent!, our two day training programme which goes live in 2011.

Or why not have a look at The Leadership Challenge, which we currently offer exclusively in Thailand. The world’s bestselling leadership training programme, this is a must-have for organisations that would like to develop their people!


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  • Dr Michael Lim says:

    Dear Daniel Coleman

    Good morning !!

    Nowadays people loosely claim themselves ” World Class Talent?. Personally, how do you define it ? Any features / characteristics /criteria for one to be a World Class Talent ?

    Michael Lim – Malaysia

  • admin says:

    Big subject Michael!

    Malcolm Gladwell estimates that it takes 10,000 hours of practice in any discipline to become world class.

    We believe the individual first needs to have talent in that area, and offer the formula:

    Strength = Talent x (Skill + Practise)

    …Hope this helps!

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