A Review of The 5 Levels of Leadership, a New Book by John C. Maxwell

I first met John Maxwell in 1998 when I joined Thomas Nelson as the Associate Publisher of the Nelson Books division. We were just launching, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, which became his breakout book. It landed on the New York Times bestsellers list, where it remained for months.

John is an international recognized leadership expert, speaker, and author. He has written more than sixty books. Collectively, they have sold more than 20 million copies and been translated into more than fifty languages. In addition, John routinely speaks to Fortune 500 companies, government leaders, and churches.

In the thirteen years I have known John, he has become a dear friend and trusted advisor. I have learned more about leadership from him than any other single source. That’s why I am particularly excited to introduce you to his newest book, which was officially released today. It is called The 5 Levels of Leadership: Proven Steps to Maximize Your Potential.

I have been listening to John talk about these five levels of leadership ever since I first met him. In a very real sense, this book embodies the core of his teaching. It lays out his entire leadership model. If you are new to his work, I would start with this book. In many ways, it is a roadmap to the others.

John starts with the idea that many people confuse having a leadership position with actually being a leader. He makes it clear that this only the entry point to leadership. It is level 1.

The five levels of leadership are:

  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.

With his typical humor and a abundance of real-world examples, John describes each of the five levels in detail. He articulates the behaviors that best characterize them—and the downsides that can sometimes keep leaders from going to the next level. Perhaps most importantly, he explains how to get from whatever level you are now to the next one.

The book is a fast read. Though content-rich, the chapters are short and make ample use of subheads, bullets, and lists. This book would make a great study for any group wanting to take their leadership to the next level. I heartily recommend it.

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  • http://peanutbuttercupmoment.tumblr.com/ TJ

    I’m a middle school math teacher, and I think of myself as a leader in my classroom.  My students follow me, for the most part, because they have to.  I’ve always wanted to be a teacher that could inspire students to want to (and not just have to) learn the math…which is no easy feat, considering the widespread belief that math is hard and that it’s common to not be good in math.

    I find it interesting that there are more levels to leadership than having “have to” vs. “want to” followers; I thought that was it.  I’d like to read the book and see how it would apply in my classroom…as well as in our school in general and in my church.


  • http://modernservantleader.com/ Ben Lichtenwalner

    “Everything rises and falls on leadership.” -John C. Maxwell 

    How true that is. In our businesses, our churches, our cultures and more. 

    I’ve read many of John’s books and love his writing style, his leadership philosophies and his candid revelations. His points are often so simple and obvious yet they drive small epiphanies for his readers. Of course, his leadership philosophies and style align with servant leadership which also makes them great material for ModernServantLeader.com.

    Most intriguing to me will be why he defined the levels in the order he has. I love the framework and agree many people begin with positional leadership. Yet, I also know many people will follow someone long before they have positional authority, based on that person’s character (who they are).

    Thanks Michael. I really look forward to reading this book!

  • http://www.josephgibbs.com Joseph

    I’m intrigued by this (having read some of his other books), particularly with regards to what practical advice he gives from moving from one level to another. I’d like a copy because I think the topic is very relevant to our campus minstry, and want to learn how I could communicate about the topic better to my teammates and the students we work with!

  • http://www.lionstand.com Jamie (Lionstand)

    When I think about Apple, I think about Steve Jobs. When I think about mass open air crusades, I think about Billy Graham. When I think about leadership, I think about John Maxwell.

    John is a master teacher on leadership. He has years of wisdom accumulated. I honestly can’t think of a finer man to learn these principles from because he has lived them for so long.

    • Anonymous

      I agree. Mr. Maxwell has done a masterful job of using his God-given talents to spread the value of leadership.

  • Trish

    I work for/with a small hospital in the field of psychiatry.  I started reading books on leadership and management years ago, and find i continue to struggle with the balance between developing folks and “getting stuff done”.  I’d like to consistently be the Level 4 leader.  Somewhere in my gut i believe that the right things will be done at the right time by the right people if/when i am able to keep direction on people development.

  • http://successbeginstoday.org/wordpress John Richardson

    What I like about this book is simple. John distilled his teaching down to five steps that can be remembered easily. Instead of 21 irrefutable laws, or 11 ways to change, or 10 things you must do, John has condensed his book into five important areas that are sure to stick with the reader long after the book is finished.

    John is a master at Leadership. Now we have his core teaching. I can’t wait to read this and share this with others.

  • Kenny

    I am an avid fan of John Maxwell.  As someone who gets the privilege to lead, I am always looking for ways to improve my leadrship skills.  John Maxwell simplifies leadership and helps develop you as a leader.  It would be a privilege to receive a copy of this new book, and learn from the best leadership teachers of today. 

  • http://tikesbestfriend.com/ Tim Dahl

    I am one of the EntreLeader Book winners. I understand if this disqualifies me from being one of the 100 chosen to receive this book.

    That being said, I’m interested in this book as well. I’m not sure that “intrigued” is strong enough. I’m very interested in this book, (intrigued times 10) due to my current need of Leadership Development.

    I’m a small church pastor, and my church is going thr0ugh a very difficult time. I could blame the economy, or the resistance to change found in all organizations. But the truth is, I’m the leader; and the buck stops with me. After some deep introspection, and some real tough words by my elders in the faith, I’ve come to realize my personal leadership deficit.  As a result, I’m reading everything I can on it at this time. 

    I’m currently reading Maxwell’s, “Developing the Leader within You.” I will read EntreLeadership as soon as it arrives from the publisher. If I get a copy of this, I’ll devour it as soon as possible.

    My church has hit the ceiling, and it is my “leadership lid.” I need to raise that lid.

    Tim Dahl

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Nope, it doesn’t disqualify you at all!

    • http://lifeengaged.net Joseph Waldrop

      Praying that God sends a refreshing season to your church Tim!

    • http://www.irunurun.com Travis Dommert

      Way to put it out there, Tim.  Got to hear Jeremie Kubicek teach on humility-based leadership last week at FCCI…sounds like you have this in spades.  Be strong, courageous, and faithful!

  • Phil Bradley

    I’ve appreciated this concept of John’s since I heard him teach it many years ago. I’m sure it will increase anyone’s leadership ability if put into practice. I need to be reminded of these principles, such as the fact that we’re on different levels with different people.

  • http://chriscornwell.org Chris Cornwell

    I love Maxwell’s stuff. As a church leader I look to his leadership principles to try and learn how to continually raise my own leadership lid.

    This would be a great refresher and a great challenge for the church staff that I’m on. Looking forward to grabbing this one!

  • http://wheretigerswill.tumblr.com Will Laohoo

    I’m currently leading in a few different areas of ministry, and I’m seeking to devour as much quality material on leadership as I can as I take on these roles.

    Two of my more significant roles right now are as part of the planning team on a new inter-church group in New Jersey focused on workplace ministry, and as an advisor to a Campus Crusade-affiliated student group on the campus of Rutgers University.

    In both of these roles, I don’t necessarily have Position-level leadership, which I’m fine with, because I much prefer the other levels. As I seek God for what He wants with both of these ministries, I seek to lead in the latter four levels and avoid appearing like one leveraging his position.

    For this reason, I’d love to get a copy of this and may pick one up if I don’t win here. Probably after I get through a few other leadership  books I have on my physical and digital shelves.

    Thanks, Mike!

  • Kim Wearden

    I would love a copy of John maxwells new book on the 5 levels of leadership. It intrigues me as I love books that are easy to read with simple steps and approaches. 5 levels sounds like that. I’ve read other books of maxwells and love his approach. Im in an interesting place in my leadership at the moment and look foreard to the insight maxwell can offer. Either way I’m planning to read it the book, but of course a free copy would be great! In Australia we often don’t qualify for these sorts of offers so I’m encouraged to see my country in the drop down box of your list. I love your blog too! Between John Maxwell, yourself and Ron edmondson, I get a lot of leadership insight , education and encouragement. Thankyou!
    In anticipation, Kim Wearden, Australia.

  • http://twitter.com/Nnole Neboysha NOVKOVICH

    Я прочитал многие книги Джона Максвелла. Он простым и доходчивым языком рассказывает про лидерство. Остается только все это применить в практике.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Translation (from the Russian):

      I have read many books by John Maxwell. It’s simple and understandable language says about leadership. It remains only to apply it all in practice.

  • Jeff Pinkleton

    Maxwell looks on his game here again and with Michael Hyatt promoting should be another huge success.
    Capitalizing on Jim Collins’ 5 levels of leadership this is needed, current & we should all strive to be 5-level leaders to maximize the success of those we invest in.

  • http://twitter.com/ByronPaulus Byron Paulus

    Intrigued because some said “true success is not measured by the supreme exhibition of ones gifts and abilities but by the faithful execution of them.” The five levels seem to accentuate a prolonged life of faithfulness versus innate ability.  Thanks!

  • Scubarain

    I share leadership books with my college students for many reasons. The five levels described here may well help them understand more about developing their personal leadership style. We discuss “leaders are born” vs “leaders are made.” John’s books are popular with my students and this one will no doubt join the list.

  • http://twitter.com/NewEnglandHiker Roy Wallen

    Having been a fan of John Maxwell for many years, I am still discovering books that he has written that I have not read.  When I first learned of this book, I added it to my wish list.  As a business leader, one who enjoys the daily “Minute with Maxwell” videos, and bibliophile and reviewer, I am eager to read this one.

  • David Santiago

    I personally feel that the state that I find myself in being at stagnet point this book would enable me & help me get to my next level in my ministry. I look forward to achieving & learning more of where I’m at & see the potential of what God has for me.

  • http://twitter.com/toddpollock Todd Pollock

    I’m very interested to read about how one accomplishes number 4. in a career that has limited exposure to, well, people.

  • http://twitter.com/NewEnglandHiker Roy Wallen

    Having been a fan of John Maxwell for many years, I am still discovering books that he has written that I have not read.  In fact, his _Maxwell Leadership Bible_ is the one I use for daily study.  When I first learned of this book, I added it to my wish list.  As a business leader, one who enjoys the daily “Minute with Maxwell” videos, and bibliophile and reviewer, I am eager to read this one.

  • http://sefcug.posterous.com/ sefcug

    I am the President of a computer usergroup, and on the board of two others.

    I am always looking for ways to improve, and this book looks like it will help with that.

  • Casey

    When I was in college my future father-in-law gave me “21 Irrefutable Laws”.  I agreed to read it because I was in love with his daughter.  Little did I know how immensely that book, and all the Maxwell books I read after, would impact my life and leadership.  I began to buy and ingest everything by Maxwell that I could get my hands on.  They impacted me then, over the next 7 years of Youth Ministry, and now as a non-profit founder & missionary in Cape Town.  
    In my new phase of life I have the great challenge of getting others to follow me forward in their work and their financial support.  But I am also preparing other people to take over increasing levels of our organization so that they can really take ownership of it in the future.  I need to continue to grow in how I do that so that I can trust I’ve left each part of this organization in great and capable hands.  Of course I believe this resource will help that process.

    Casey Prince

  • Robert Johnson

    I have read almost all of John’s books on leadership. I am preparing to launch a new campus for church and believe this book will be very helpful as I choose and develop the leadership.

  • Michael Smith

    Power isn’t the same as leadership. Knowing how to leverage power, the kind that comes from expertise or from being the boss, is an art. Mastering the art of leadership can be an awful adventure full of sorrow and surprises and the spectacular. The wild journey is worth it whether a person is the leader of one, herself, or the leader of many.

  • http://daddybydefault.com Craig Grella

    I am always intrigued about books and seminars that help me develop my strengths, and play to them rather than trying to fix areas in which I am weak. I took your advice and read strengths finder 2.0 and loved it. I am hoping this book can help me maximize my strengths  and becoming a more natural leader. 

  • Eagledale50

    The first book I ever read by John Maxwell was on Attitude. I marked it up and just recentlt gave it away to a young pastor just starting out. I liked what I read from him so well I visited his church in San Diego and was thrilled to see him as a pastor and meet him afterward. Have since sat under his teaching a couple times. He has challenged me to think about leadership more than anyone else.

  • Chris fay

    What intrigues me most is that John breaks it down to 5 levels that make sense. As a leader we need to know were we are in the mix of things and thsts why I want to read this book. Looks like a good read. Can’t wait.

  • Anonymous

    As a young working mother with 3 children 4 and under  i consider myself a leader to these gifts from God . But as a person struggling to successfully accomplish all my roles i would love to receive a copy of this book

  • http://www.touchtheskye.org Chris MacKinnon

    As church leadership we went through the 21 Laws video series in 2000. Since then, John Maxwell has constantly fed my life of leadership. 

    I’m interested to see his approach to a different set of five levels. This isn’t a rehash of Jim Collins’ work in “Good to Great,” this is different. In fact, I would say that for a good leader, all 5 of these will be at work at the same time. It should be a good read. John usually gets right to the point and makes it easy to understand. The harder part is taking all of those principles and putting them to work over time.

  • Jviola79

    I was just asked to become part of the leadership team of our church. At the same time, I am starting & developing a woman’s ministry at our church, from the ground up. Both prospects seem daunting & have put me out of my comfort zone. I think what struck me in your post was this line: “John starts with the idea that many people confuse having a leadership
    position with actually being a leader. He makes it clear that this only the entry point to leadership.” I so want that I lead others, motivate others & challenge others & not just have a position. That one sentence alone has intrigued me. I would like to read the book & apply it to what I am doing at this time.
    As always, thank you so much for the opportunity.

  • Joseph Brand

    This is my first introduction to John Maxwell. Having not read anything before by him , I am intrigued by this post and John’s introduction to his book.  I am a leader in my church, work place , and most importantly to my wife and children. Can’t wait to start reading and learning from this book.

  • Mark Boyd

    What intrigues me about John Maxwell’s new book on the five levels of leadership is that it appears to get more at who the person is as a leader rather than a to do list for leaders.  The title and named levels help define and articulate the process, progress, and path for those pursuing leadership effectiveness. I would think that the book will help one see himself more clearly in his leadership role as well as provide relational discernment with others both upstream and downstream. 

  • John Alexander

    I’m intrigued because I’m a junior high pastor and I’m always pursuing a higher level of leadership for myself. Furthermore I’m always thinking and revising ways to empower the volunteers who are the true leaders. Plus, I love John Maxwell!

  • Joe

    I was always intrigued by the phrase “Level 5 Leader.”  I look for them on TV and in movies.  I also want to know if it’s possible for me to be a level five leader at 46 years of age.  If I could become one, what could I do for the Kingdom of God.

  • Becky Deuel

    I would like to be more intentional about using my leadership skills to do good and to influence people for the good of the community.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mark-Boyd/100001451646399 Mark Boyd

    What intrigues me about John Maxwell’s new book on the five levels of leadership is that it appears to get more at who the person is as a leader rather than a to do list for leaders.  The title and named levels help define and articulate the process, progress, and path for those pursuing leadership effectiveness. I would think that the book will help one see himself more clearly in his leadership role as well as provide relational discernment with others both upstream and downstream.

  • Karen

    I find John Maxwell’s books very helpful.  As a Children’s Pastor, I have been able to grow using the information that he provides.

  • Mike Kinkead

    What is intriguing about John Maxwell’s  new book The 5 Positions of Leadership is the wealth of wisdom and discernment he has on the subject.  It is more about increasing your influence than it is winning through intimidation or manipulation.  

  • Michael

    Actually, when I think of leadership I also think of people like Michael Hyatt and I’m not just saying that for free books. John Maxwell is a fixture in the leadership world and I’ve been reading him for years but there are others just as influential these days and it may be partly due to John’s influence. I heard some of them last week in the Global Leadership Summit.
    A friend of mine recently partnered with John Maxwell’s new leadership certification program and I was invited to join a mastermind group. It was an honor to be invited but my current schedule simply wouldn’t allow for it. Perhaps in the future if they run it again I can join them but for now about as much as I can squeeze in would be another book. I have enrolled in post-grad program that will involve leadership as I
    pursue a whole new direction in my life. Leadership was not an area
    where I felt I had any skills but I’m being told differently and I’m
    also being led by God differently. It’s a time of change for me
    personally and it looks like it’s a time to lead as well. And this new book by John Maxwell would be a great addition to my library.

  • Ade

    Reading John Maxwell’s books have liberated me in relationship and leadership skills.  I’m learning to follow the principles and apply them to improve my influence in my family business, and social life.  Reading his new book will bring me closer to that goal.

  • Anonymous

    I was introduced to Mr. Maxwell’s 5 Levels of Leadership during the Chick-Fil-A Leadercast earlier this year.   I am looking forward to studying it more so that 1) I can become a better leader at work and at home.  2)  I can better mentor my successor so that I can move to greater responsibility.  3.)  As a father of 8, I want to give my children, who will be out in the world,  the greatest possible skills to be good leaders, followers and servants who will always reflect their Christian values.   4.)  I am involved in a youth leadership organization (Civil Air Patrol) and think that instilling these in skills in future leaders will be of benefit to them and to the world in general.

  • http://twitter.com/kstricker8 Keith Stricker

    I am an avid reader of John Maxwell and other leadership writers.  I have read a few other books containing a 5 level program and would like to see how John handles this premise for life and leading.

  • Mike S.

    Just last week, in a leadership offsite, we were discussing the movement from leading by doing to leading by influence. I’m intrigued by this new book because it’s very relevant to myself and my peers (all of whom have risen a positional level within the organization in the last year). It’s challenging changing your perspective on yourself, especially when what made you successful in one level could cause you to fail in the next. John always has such wonderful insights, so I am anxious to see and apply his new book to my current situation!

  • Steve Hufford

    Jesus modeled servant leadership.  I suppose it’s safe to say that he was “Level 5″ before the phrase was ever coined. What’s fascinating is that no matter where we start on the leadership spectrum, by studying the model Jesus created for leadership, we can advance.  John Maxwell always articulates these principles with clarity and humor – I’m interested to see his latest work on this topic.

  • Fr Barnabas

    Confession time: I  very much enjoy these types of books, but my “theology” side kicks in and I always look at theological first principles when I read leadership books. Seeing how John has laid out the 5 levels of leadership, I have to say that this fits so very well with the leadership style of Jesus. Wonderful lessons for anyone looking to develop their God-given gifts!

    Fr. Barnabas Powell

  • http://twitter.com/melsb49173 Mary Elsbury

    Maxwell always has useful and concrete examples that are applicable.  His books provide a wealth of information on leadership and I have tried to follow his tips in my corporate role as well as church.
    His new book,  The 5 Levels of Leadership: Proven Steps to Maximize Your Potential looks really interesting and I would love to get a copy to add to my knowledge base.

  • Kris Michalski

    I’ve just returned from visiting two Institute for Leadership Development locations in Afghanistan. Sponsored by Morning Star Development, they rely heavily on John Maxwell’s teaching. His training is bringing a much needed paradigm shift to the young leaders in that emerging nation and giving them hope for their country’s future. They often post quotes from his books on their Facebook page, and they are eager to apply what they are learning in their workplace and their families. 
    No doubt, The 5 Levels of Leadership: Proven Steps to Maximize Your Potential will be added to their reading lists. I’d like to add it to mine, too, as a boost into the graduate studies course in leadership at Vanguard University. Thanks for the opportunity to do that!

  • Spclothing1

    We have been called to leadership.  We need all the reputable resources we can get on the subject!

  • Cfinchum

    I have been a big fan of Maxwell since graduating high school in 95. Like you I a familiar with John’s 5 levels from his other books. What I am most intrigued by is his thoughts on practical ways to move from one level to the next. We all desire to grow as leaders but sometimes lack the practical know how. John is great at laying out boots on the ground ideas for doing this.

  • Anonymous

    What intrigues about the book is simple, if John Maxwell is writing it, I want to read it.  As a professed business book junkie I read and listen to all the principle based, concept based books I can.  John Maxwell always has information to share.  Those 5 P’s of leadership sound interesting and I want to read more.  I always look forward to his input in the monthly Success magazine and the cd that comes with it.  Thank you for this opportunity to win this book!

  • http://smallgroupbooks.com Ryan Knight

    I can’t wait to get a copy of this book. First of all, I always viewed leadership as a positional responsibility. Over the years, Maxwell has shown me that it’s more about the relationships in your life and how you inspire and challenge those people close to you.

    Second, I never realized how funny John is until I saw him at Chick-fil-A Leadercast. He’s so goofy which brings him down to every man’s level and I love it about him. I realize that he loves what he is doing and loves sharing his insights with others.

    Hope to win! Will tweet from @smallgroupbooks.

  • http://twitter.com/jonathanmanafo Jonathan Manafo

    I’m just at the beginning stages of planting a church.  This book would be a really great tool and asset.

  • Kevmyh

    I work with about 100 volunteers every week. In leading and directing them I am always looking for new ways to become better myself, thus making my volunteers and church better and more effective.

    I feel this book will allow me to understand how to better lead and become a better leader.

  • Richard Wanjema

    I have heard of John Maxwell but have not read any of his books. As I read the points on the five levels of leadership, number four stood out to me. I was just meditating on that on my way to school thinking about what I want to accomplish most in my life. One being that I would like to make a difference to one person at a time for a s long a s I can. It would make an interesting read.

  • Bcole39

    Any time I can add a book by the leadership guru of our time to my library, I jump at the chance. John has been a mentor of mine for years through his writing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gracefulrain Christi Brown

    As a person who is endeavoring to grow into the leadership roles I have found myself in, I am constantly looking for in-depth information with a biblical basis that challenges me to improve every day.  I like John Maxwell’s books because they are both intriguing and challenges what I know and pushes me to become better.  I also desire to mentor others around me to become better and to grow into their potential and I find that his books are great reference points to give to my team and provide great points in not just being in the position but in guiding others by leading them. 

  • Dan Little

    I am in a leadership position at a large bank in Canada and I am always interested in leadership topics and this book sounds very good.

  • Maryjedmond

    I need direction as I am about to take on a new ministry. I want to be the best leader I can be and a blessing to others. I have been following John’s daily minutes and would love to read one of his books!

  • http://www.musingsofedwina.blogspot.com Edwina Cowgill

    I am a fan of John Maxwell, having read all of his books on leadership and followed the principles he has taught. I recently started my own company andas I hire staff, I would love to have this book to use as a guide in leading them.

    Thanks for this opportunity!

  • Johnny

    I see three key enablers to change the world:  Money, Power, and Persuasion.  I don’t have the first two, so that leaves me with Persuasion.  The 5 Levels of Leadership can help advance our skill of persuasion in making a more effective and positive mark on work, family, and the world around us.

  • Jodi W

    I find myself, while working in a faith based setting, to have difficulties discovering true leaders versus those inserted into those roles.  I also struggle to discern my role – as a leader, a follower and a worker.  I have read other Maxwell book and this one sounds intriguing as the basic structure is laid out so clearly.

  • http://www.christianfaithatwork.com Chris Patton

    I believe it is my job as a leader to develop those around me into leaders.  In fact, that appears to be John Maxwell’s vision.  Everything he does seems to be pointed toward developing others as leaders.  

    I am President of a family-owned auto dealership group that is trying to learn and show how Jesus would run the business if He were the boss.  This is unusual in business and even more so in the car business.  As a result, people in general represent our biggest challenge.

    This book will not only give me more insight as to how to improve as a leader, but will also help me in my efforts to develop those around me in leadership.  I am privileged to work with some fantastic people, but we still have a long way to go in our leadership development.

    In addition to running the business, I am attempting to enlighten, educate, encourage, and enlist others in this same effort through my blog Christian Faith At Work.

    I get a lot of help from MichaelHyatt.com, but this book would certainly add to my resources!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1130291527 Duane Naugle

    I work retail for a major home improvement retailer. I’ m a retired soldier and it kills me to see the potential that is missed every day. I would love to be able to go and take this book and walk my junior leaders through this. I shudder to think of the level we could achieve as a store if they only knew or cared.

  • Deborah Pendell

    There is so much written today about leadership. Within the confines of those books are a multitude of ideas and philosophies ~ some good, some bad. It would be great to find a book that you can without reservation recommend to anyone ~ young or old ~ who wants to learn and develop into the right kind of leader. I will be reading this one first, to see if it is a book to recommend, secondly, for my own personal development.

  • Mike

    Hi Mike. I am a senior pastor who is trying by God’s grace to get our church to grow and make a greater gospel impact on our community and beyond. Lately, I have been seeing the need to take my leadership to a new level or I will end up being the stumbling block to growth. Based on your brief review I really believe this book would help me to reflect on where I need to be working on or making changes. Thanks so much for the opportunity.

  • Gail

    Having recently relocated due to my husband’s work, I am currently working from our home. I am curious to learn, in a relocation or new position, how a person goes back to step one and moves up the levels. Will it be a faster pace than previously? How will the progress be different? It will be interesting to learn how much of the process is dependent upon me and how much is dependent upon others.

  • Alr2674

    I will soon receive a promotion, where I will be in.charge of personnel. As a Christian, I not only want to be a good leader and a good example to them.

  • Anonymous

    I teach leadership development in ministry and often reference John Maxwell’s work.  In my opinion he is a forerunner in the field of leadership development.  I like the prinicipals that he has outlined and would love to read them for application.


  • http://twitter.com/sbdchic Sarah Deringer

    I’ve read John Maxwell’s Beyond Talent, and I thought it was a great book. I’ve always been interested in building my leadership skills, especially because they’re needed so much today. I also want to build the leadership skills of those around me, through mentoring and other activities. And by getting this book, I’ll be able to not only build my skills, but I’ll be able to pass those skills on, both through mentoring and by passing the book along to others.

    “A leader knows the way, shows the way, and goes the way.” – John C. Maxwell

  • Eric Hart

    Johm Maxwell always produces great literature on ‘Leadership.’ And such literature is a necessary component for the development for my leadership as a Pastor. But mores specifically, this book seems to speak of guiding a leader, such as myself, to defined improvement. And that’s what stands out from the outset – The Five Levels of Leadership seek move a leader from a person of position, who has gained that either through appointment or hiring to a person who now leads because people follow them based on their identity and what they represent. That certainly is a goal of mine in leadership, and to led to do so, provides an interesting notion for myself and the people I seek to impact for God. Moreover, to continue to be mentored through the words of wisdom by John Maxwell is always an opportunity that I cannot seem to miss out on! To read such a book, would be a great blessing! So I look forward to reading it! Thanks for the contest M. Hyatt! Blessings! 

  • Jose torres

    Anything , John Maxwell writes is good . I am hungry in my passion to develop in leadership .

  • Dr Jim Harris

    Practical.  Powerful. Pragmatic. John Maxwell is well known for his insightful study and teaching on leadership.  As a fellow author, I too am inspired by well thought-out works, and John never disappoints.  Would love to add this book to my collection of Maxwell titles.  Thank you, Michael, for again offering your “tribe” an opportunity to learn and grow.  You are true pioneer in leadership and building a digital tribe.

  • Ray Haakonsen

    I have been a leader in missions for a number of years but have a continuing desire to learn. John Maxwell is an authority on this subject and I have enjoyed learning from his teaching. I believe this book would help me as a leader as well as train others to be aware of these different levels of leadership

  • Jim Hortonjr

    As a John Maxwell certified coach, trainer and speaker, I can tell you that this is great teaching and learning about leadership, something every leader needs to understand and apply. I think it is also important to note: you can be on a different level of leadership with each follower! So you have to evaluate where you are with each individual that you care to influence and prepare for moving to the next level. 

  • Karan Josephus

    I have been in Direct Sales for over 19 years, and reading John Maxwell’s book has provided solid guidance for me along the way. It’s always been an inspiration to learn from a Godly man with solid leadership skills. As you mention, I have learned more from him than any other source and I’ve not had the pleasure of meeting him!

    I provide a copy of “The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader” to each of my new managers upon promotion and routinely coach my management team from  “Developing the Leader Within You” and the accompanying workbook, as well as other of his works. When I am “stuck” for an answer or need inspiration, the first place I visit is my John Maxwell book collection! He never lets me down! 

    I am really excited to delve into Entre Leadership and learn the newest impact it is sure to have on the growth of my team.

  • http://twitter.com/GeorgeFBlack George Black

    If its John Maxwell it has to be great and it needs to be shared.
    Would consider it an honor to share this to my peers and associates! 

    “the graveyard is the richest place on earth, for all the unwritten books, poems and unrealized dreams that never saw fulfillment. I don’t want to be one of those souls” I want to die empty and void nothing left to give for I have given it all away.

    Non Sibi, George Black

  • Al Getler

    Discovering John Maxwell changed everything I did as I developed into a leader. I thought leadership was about position. It was furthered by a colleague who, when discovering I was listening to John’s monthly mentoring CD’s and reading his books said, “Maxwell is not for us. He is for the levels above us.” That person never got above that level.  I now lead a media company and have several other leadership positions in my community.

    Leadership is not about position.  John has always been right when he has stated people will allow you to lead them only when they believe in who you are and what you stand for.

    I truly can’t wait to read this book. It was in 1999 that I first heard of John and what he has brought to leadership over the years. Ironically, even though I am a Jersey guy, I spent ten years in Ohio and would drive through John’s hometown listening to his CD’s.  I didn’t know it then, but John would ride with me for many hours and many miles along the way. He now makes the trip around the North of Boston area with me.

    Thanks, Mr. Hyatt, for taking to time and the space to feature my leadership mentors new book.  As John often begins, “Are you ready to learn something?” You bet.

  • Berryl Truideman

    I have done many projects in my life sometimes in the position of a leader but my performance was not always a leaders performance . I did not know what was missing but since i have visited your website and read some of the articles about leadership and downloaded the free e- book creating your personal life plan i understand what is missing in my leadership abbillities and this book 5 levels of leadership seems very exiting and practical and could help me become a real leader

  • Kari

    I am really interested in learning from leadership experts as I hope to be in a leadership role for my career.  I have seen many “leaders” who would benefit to read up on leadership as well. Not only would they benefit, but their employees would benefit as well.  Today, I think sometimes leadership has become a power struggle which does not resonate well with those taking the grunt of the “hit”.  If all of those in leadership positions would lead with integrity and honesty and for the good of the organization they are working for, rather than for themselves, working would be much more enjoyable! =)  I am looking forward to reading this book and learning how to be a better leader.  Reading it for free would be even more amazing!!!  =)

  • Mike Mahaffey

    What you realize very quickly is you have different levels with each individual report. It takes a lot of hard work and focused effort each and every day. John’s book is a must read to continue my leadership journey. I read John’s blog post about these five levels and knew I had to get the book. I’d love a copy.

  • Chris Johnston

    We all have leadership deficits.  And we all can learn how to enhance our strengths. 

    John Maxwell has always had a unique way to communicate that creates an atmosphere of motivation and call to action.  By breaking this into 5 levels, he has been able to take big concepts and distill them into bite sized or even better right sized concepts.   

  • http://tomjamieson.wordpress.com Tom Jamieson

    I’m currently reading Maxwell’s book The 360-degree Leader, in which he references the 5 Levels of Leadership.  I’ve been reading his books for many years and always find ways to connect them with my own leadership.  I really appreciate the humor and humility that shines through his writing, as well as the readability.  I would love to have a copy of this book to further develop my own leadership abilities.  Thanks for this opportunity.

  • http://www.shannonmilholland.blogspot.com Shannon Milholland

    John Maxwell is a truly inspirational writer. I am super excited to read this new book. Thanks, Mike, for letting us know about it!

  • http://www.facebook.com/mary.runion1 Mary Runion

    Many people assume they are ready for leadership merely because they have an opinion of how things should be run.  It is clear, especially in today’s market, that leadership skills must be learned.  Yes, there are qualities that those who posess them have come by naturally.  However, learning the skills necessary as well as learning how and when to use them are essential.

  • Wade

    I am in the process of launching a new church (Launch Sunday is this week – October 9th!!).  I am also adding my first staff member this month to lead our Next Gen ministries.  I would like to work through John’s book with my new co-worker to raise our leadership lid so that we may become more effective leaders and lead people into a relationship with Jesus Christ.  

  • Rachel Turner

    I actually would like the book for my husband!  He has been a student of John Maxwell for years, and continues to apply what he learns as a manager of eight retail stores.  Lately, he watches John’s Maximum Impact Leadership podcasts while running on the treadmill in the morning.
    Rachel Turner

  • Mark Cole

    I help develop leaders and mentor young and old and have followed John Maxwell for many years. I’m always interested in getting new insight into leadership development. 

  • Nancy_Downing

    Love these! Thanks for sharing this-I have read this book before but forgot how good tjese principles are!

  • http://twitter.com/DerMonj Derek Monjure

    I am intrigued by this book simply due to your recommendation.  I suppose this is an example of level 5, Pinnacle.  I have often thought of the gurus on leadership as being full of so much “hooey.”  I have been particularly prejudiced toward Maxwell.  I would think to myself, “His books simply are not dense enough.  They’re full of mere cliche.”  I need to learn the wisdom of simplicity.

    Finally, I am now leading a non-profit and don’t want to remain in level 1.  If this book is as good as you state, it could benefit my organization and the families that we serve.

  • http://twitter.com/DerMonj Derek Monjure

    I apologize for the double comment. Didn’t see how to delete it.

  • http://twitter.com/CheapLoveCarrie Carrie Starr

    I am interested in this book because I am passionate about developing leaders.  My vision is to empower college students to discover their gifts and talents, enabling them to act.  As a campus minister and a college professor, I have provided young adults with opportunities to grow and lead for the past twenty years.   John Maxwell’s books have been an ongoing resource as I pursue this rewarding task.  Thank you for providing his latest catalyst to action for your readers.

  • Ivanhoe Sánchez

    I read “Leadership 101″  from John Maxwell like 4 years ago, and I still use it for many conferences and speeches .  For me it’s like a how-to on leadership. 

    I just launched my personal blog, and I’m trying to find any resource to help me engage with people.  My purpose is to change some things within my company without having “the position” to support it with.  I’d like to read again from Maxwell and apply his principles at work and in my blog.  

  • Inchrst

    John Maxwell is an amazing mind, great thinker, astute writer and leader I want to follow as I lead others. This book sounds like a home run and I’m waiting for my turn at bat.

  • http://twitter.com/jeremydigsby Jeremy Digsby

    The intrigue of this book and the why behind wanting a copy is simple: I am not yet the leader I desire to be in life. With that said, I believe this book would help me in this journey.

  • M. Perry

    Always love to read anything by John Maxwell.  Great insights and wisdom from someone who has taught many the importance of Character in leadership. Something I truly believe is diminishing in corporate and government leadership.  

  • Rick Carr

    Just from your description, I’m seeing a relationship between leadership and communication and effective selling (not just of products, but of ideas, and of ourselves). I’m eager to read John’s book and add this piece to the puzzle – to my own toolset.

    The first thing that came to mind was that as president-elect of Prof Photographers of OK, I really want to be an effective leader for the organization and make it better and more beneficial to our members.

    The more I thought about it I realized these principles could help in my own business – pretty much a one person photography business, with a little help from my wife and daughter. However, being in business, even with little or no staff, one must “lead” people to believe in the value of his/her product and be seen as a person to be trusted, believed, and followed.

    It also applies to being a writer and speaker – a new venture for me – building a platform, finding an audience, communicating effectively, finding a publisher. As Bert Decker said, “you’ve got to be believed to be heard.” Developing the skills of effective leadership is adding to one’s believability.

  • GLad

    This books intrigues me because I want to know how I may help to develop people through my God-given place in leadership.

  • Carlosnavas717

    As a 27 year old I have been a supervisor for a little over a year with a staff of 3 people as well as clients of about 100 people in a Halfway House.  Also, I am a youth leader in my church.  Our youth ministry has about 50 young people.  As a married man I am also share leaderhip with my wife within the home.  However, it wasn’t until I came to Christ 6 years ago that I have learned how to really follow.  I have a lot of improvement to do as a leader and I would love to learn more about the 5 levels of leadership, which I never even heard of until I began to recieve blogs from John Maxwell.  I would like a copy of this book hoping that it would be a tool to sharpen my skills and character as a leader so I can sharpen others as well.  Hope to read this book soon. 

  • Anonymous

    I appreciate the wisdom of a book like this. I remember Mr. Maxwell teaching this briefly in a previous book and it rang true to my heart. I’d like to revisit it more in-depth in hopes to teach it to my sphere of influence … Sharing the wisdom with others. Thanks!

  • Edchoy

    I am a pastor who LOVES developing leaders but always struggles to stay focused. Resources like this are what help me achieve my max potential in helping to bring out the max potential in others. I hope I can get a copy of one the Leadership Gurus of our day to help reach my full potential. As always, thanks a TON Michael!

  • Anonymous

    I’m intrigued by this book because I don’t have a very good impression of John C. Maxwell. We watched videos of his series 21 Irrefutable Laws for men’s dorm meetings at Sharon Mennonite Bible Institute and he came across as arrogant to me. For me, one of the most important qualities in a leader is humility. However, I would be delighted to have my view of him and his teaching changed, especially since you recommend him so highly (and I respect you quite a lot).

  • http://twitter.com/marcosguerra7 Marcos Guerra

    What intrigues me about this book is that Michael Hyatt is recommending to start with this book. I have heard a lot of John Maxwell, and this will be his first book I read, since Mr Hyatt recommended to start with this one. 
    I am 25 years old and i havent been much of a reader until this year. 
    I have probably read like 12 book in the last year (thats a lot for me). 
    Since I found this blog I have found great resources to keep reading and growing. 
    Thank You!!

  • JayD

    I would love to have the opportunity to review this book.  I have always enjoyed John Maxwell’s book.  I am a member of the Maximum Impact club.  Additionally, I am a career Army officer with over 20 years service.  I currently command the ROTC Department of a large university so I guess that leadership is the product that my company sells.  Thanks for your consideration.

  • Earlineparspns

    Since as you say this book and the five levels of leadership it details embodies the entire teachings of Mr. Maxwell, I need to read it. I have read several of his other books and they have all been transformational to me and to those who follow me. I lead several groups of people in parachurch organizations and I want to be a leader who enables them to develop to their fullest capacity and serve as leaders also. I need this book!

  • Seth Edden

    Mr. Hyatt, Thanks for posting your review of “The 5 Levels of Leadership”. I’ve read several of Mr. Maxwell’s books and have always learned and grown as a result. I’m excited to read this book as well in an effort to further my development as an authentic leader. Thanks again for your insight & encouragement!

  • Jacob Ricker

    I have been reading John Maxwell for over 10 years now.  I love his writings.  I was first introduced to the 5 levels of leadership in I believe his book “Developing Leaders Within You”, even then it sparked my attention and I wanted to learn more on the topic.  I love the way that John Maxwell communicates his ideas.  I am a bi-vocational pastor of a small church in south Arkansas.  I have been there for almost two years now.  I have also founded a non-profit organization for disaster relief that provides bottled water to area’s hit by natural disasters.   As a leader of a church and a non-profit organization, I need all the help I can to increase my ability to lead!  The Lord has given the opportunity to lead, direct, and develop people all for His glory.  I believe Maxwell’s book will help me to becoming the leader and servant that God has created me to be.  Thank you guys for investing in others!
     P.S.  It would also be a great birthday gift for me since my birthday is on Oct. 6th! Ha

  • http://twitter.com/WillandDeanne Will Pierce

    I have read several of John’s books.  This one, as Michael has said, appears to be the summation of most of his other works.  I would love to have a copy in order to better my own leadership abilities.  I find it interesting that positional leadership is level one.  I believe that one does not need position to exhibit leadership, but the position does give one the platform from which to influence others.  I am sure this will be another great read.  

  • Pastor Jean

    I would like a copy of the book because I appreciate John’s style of writing and teaching and would like to share it with others.   This book being concise makes it more apt to be read by a newbie.   One of my favorite points he makes is with the law of the lid: you can’t learn more or go any further in your journey than the level of the current leader or mentor you have.  I want more training and experience in that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=682350207 Jean Davis

    I would like a copy of the book because I appreciate John’s style of
    writing and teaching and would like to share it with others.   This book
    being concise makes it more apt to be read by a newbie.   One of my
    favorite points he makes is with the law of the lid: you can’t learn
    more or go any further in your journey than the level of the current
    leader or mentor you have.  I want more training and experience in that.

  • http://twitter.com/AndreaAresca Andrea Aresca

    When I read the title of the book, it reminded me of the 5 level leadership of Jim Collin’s “Good to Great”…. Then I read you article and was really fascinated by reading which are  these 5 levels.
    I’m already accustomed to the concept that leadership is not only position and that there’s a profound difference between management and leadership. But it seems to me that is much more in this book!I realize that – as Seth Godin points in his book “Tribes” – everyone in every position can be a leader and make a powerful contribution to his organization and his world.The key is to understand what makes a person a leader, what are the “sources” of leadership and I’m sure this book will definitely show that.

  • Syed Mueid

    I like the 5 levels; I have been taught from childhood that there is authority of position & authority of knowledge which people judge u by; It really connects me and am in my mid level leadership level in career which will only enhance me to bcom my childhood ambition of Entrepreneur. 

  • Tanyaensell

    I am very interested in the book….I lead a group of young adults called “Whats Up”…..this discussion group are young adults that get together and discuss “whats up” in their lives and having positive leadership skills are important for young adults.

  • http://twitter.com/lettner Michael Lettner

    What intrigues me is just learning more about leadership from one of the experts. I am a young professional and I would benefit from learning from one of the best on how to approach leadership so I’m not just stuck in that people follow because they have. Thanks!

  • Lisa

    This is my seventh year as a religious education teacher for preschoolers and yet I would like to find the courage to move up to the next level up of older children….I am also going to “lead” a group of young people this year who are participating in Odyssey of the Mind….I’m hoping this book will inspire, educate and “lead” me to be the person I’m supposed to be on this journey.

    Thank you!

  • Jamey

    I consider John Maxwell to be one of the top writers/authorities on leadership. I am currently working on my Masters in Advanced Communication (technical term for Leadership). 
    As a Youth Pastor/Assistant Pastor, I am leading people everyday. It is my prayer & desire both to lead them in the right way, but effectively. I fear that our young people are getting away from leadership principles that are so critical, and instead, they are becoming more focused on a philosophy of “what’s in it for me”. Any book I can find that will help me to be more effective in my teaching, training & mentoring, I want to get my hands on it.

  • Shumeka

    Being a Respected, Knowledgeable, and Down-to-Earth Leader!

    This book intrigues me because it talks about the different reasons why people follows leadership in organizations. It interests me because it seems to be straight-forward and doesn’t make excuses for why people follow certain types of leaderships in places of business. I’m desiring to be in a leadership position in my organization one day, and would like more advice and authentic knowledge that could assist me with doing so.

    I believe that respect is earned and not given and some leaders don’t have respect for themselves or for the people that are following them. I believe this book will be an eye-opener and will help provide humility and honor to those that are in leadership positions. Leadership should not be taken lightly, whether it’s in the home, at work, at church, or in the community and society as a whole. I would like a copy of this book, so that I can have a a tool to help me become a great leader in all areas of my life!! Humility is the right attribute to have in order to become a good and respected leader!!


  • http://levittmike.wordpress.com levittmike

    Throughout my life, I have always desired to serve others.  In my roles in leadership, I have tried to be a great leader to others; not by managing them, but instilling in them the potential for their own success.

    I have always told my staff that if they become a better leader (in this organization) than me, I’ll step aside and follow them.  

    That should be the goal in leadership:  to lead others to become great leaders.

    I’ve been looking forward to reading this latest gem from John Maxwell.  

    I’m sure it will be a blessing to all.

  • Anonymous

    Why I need this book:  

     I have five daughters who are getting tired of hearing “because I said so”.  Really need to move on past level 1 as a dad.  (Only kidding a little bit here.)

    My wife and I also lead a college/career/young married class at the church I pastor.   This class is filled with some great leadership potential.  We are considering using Maxwell’s book for discussion in the days ahead.

  • Claudia Volkman

    Seeing John Maxwell in person was extremely memorable for me – I greatly appreciate his wisdom!

  • http://brettberchtold.com Brett Berchtold


    Thank you for posting this today! I’m so excited about John’s book and the response it has already had.

    I’m a certified coach, speaker, and trainer with the John Maxwell Team. I’m blessed to be a part of his wonderful organization of leaders.

    Thomas Nelson and John Maxwell are very dear to me. I started with the ’21 laws’ and worked my way into the others and back to the 10th anniversary-revised edition of the ’21 laws’. I’ve seen the little Scottish house on many of John’s books. It’s been with me for a long time.
    I have had the opportunity to thank John and his inner circle and let them know how grateful I am. I want to thank YOU for getting the books into my hands and for all the wonderful work you’ve done. You have provided me SO MUCH VALUE!


  • Lisa Hardy

    I read everything I can get my hands on that John writes. And that was before I met him in person and heard him speak live, which only confirmed I was reading the right stuff. 

  • Andrew

    I’ve read most or many of John Maxwell’s books and I would consider myself a John Maxwell Leadership Groupie.  As a lay minister working with children, teachers, youth & their leaders, musicians and fellow ministers, I would like to implement the teachings of this book up and down the line.  It intrigues me that you cannot stay in Level 1 or, better said, people (followers) will not stay in Level 1 forever.  If you don’t progress consistently and steadily, eventually you will stand by yourself.  Level 1 & 2 may work for a short time but eventually to be considered “a leader”, we all must get to Level 5.  Lead a good life and they will follow……the skeleton Michael presented has given me the appetite for more!

  • http://www.johngallagherblog.com John Gallagher

    I was introduced to John Maxwell in 1998 when my supervisors gave me a copy of the 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership.  He and I reviewed that book, chapter by chapter.  That book was a launching pad for my leadership growth and I have been a raving fan of John’s ever since.  It certainly feels like the 5 levels of leadership will be another infuential book that should launch my leadership even further.

  • http://twitter.com/ChadEBillington Chad Billington

    Michael, I’m interested in this book because I struggle as a leader. I work in the church context, and while I can have vision for the future, and want to do all God has for me, I sometimes feel under qualified and wonder what I’m doing. Honestly, I could use the encouragement (John is rather encouraging from his other books I’ve read), and I would like to hear his practical thoughts on how to develop myself into a leader that better grows into the call God has put on my life. 

    Thanks, Chad

  • http://howtogetamortgagehq.com Sam Montoya

    I heard of John a while back and thought he had some intriguing ideas back then. The thing that I like about his style is the breakdown of the concepts he talks about and makes it easy for anyone to read. That’s something you don’t see a lot of people do or even go into it in such a way. 

    The thing that intrigues me the most is to see how effective he breaks things down and how actionable he makes the content. Doesn’t make it useful if you read something and don’t apply it. 

  • Anonymous

    Everything about leadership intrigues me, and this book will help me become the leader of my own organization. I have a leadership role, and now I need to be the leader.

  • Mrobumc

    I’m always looking to improve and I haven’t read much of Maxwell’s books. I’ve read all of Lencioni’s books. However, this one intrigues me.

  • Kyle Scarlett

    I am a Children’s Pastor at a large church and I am always in need of new approaches to leadership within my ministry context. I would love to discover the level of leadership where I currently am and how I can best leverage my influence for the  Gospel. Thanks.

  • Suela

    John Maxwell is one of my favorite authors. I heard about him when I lived in Europe, and I started reading his books since I was in High School. My friends know what gifts they will get for their birthdays, John Maxwell books!!

  • http://www.honoracademydirector.com Heath Stoner

    This book intrigues me because I have a leadership position but I do not know if I am living the other four levels and I want to be a positive influence.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve been a big fan of John Maxwell for some time now. The way in which he writes makes things simple, understandable, and doable. I really enjoy his Leadership Bible. Combining leadership principles with Scripture shows me how I can improve as a leader but remain Biblically focused. 

  • SDC

    John Maxwell is my favorite author and each new book that he releases helps me to grow even more. I need this book more than ever as in this economy I have ben laid off and have been searching for a job for over six months. I will start a new job the first of November as as a non-profit director and I sure would appreciate the opportunity to read and study this book before I start my new-job. Thank You

  • Diego Curutchet

    I’m intrigued about how i can identify what kind of behaviours different people see to make them to follow leaders.

  • http://twitter.com/PSpengler2 Paul Spengler

    I really like John Maxwell writing. I have followed his advice for the last 15 years in my management style and it really works.
    He has been one of many reasons I have gotten to the place I am at.

  • Susan Kerr

    I have been in a position of leadership both in the corporate and church worlds for over 15 years. Leadership is not only a way of life for me, but it’s also my passion and even a calling on my life. While I have learned a lot over the years, there is still much for me to learn. I would like to get to the next level of leadership in my profession, hopefully a CIO or equivalent type position. I also want to grow in my leadership responsibilities at church so that I can provide more support for the pastoral leadership in place. This book by John Maxwell will help me to adequately access not just where I am today, but how can I get to where I want to be tomorrow. In all honesty, if I am not selected for a free copy, I’ll probably go out and buy the book myself. But my birthday is this Thurs (Oct 6), so if you want to give me a great birthday present, that would be awesome! No matter what, thank you for your blog and for this opportunity.

  • http://emuelle1.blogspot.com Eric S. Mueller

    I’m intrigued by the book and would like a copy because I’m in my first management position and I want to be a true leader . I don’t want to just make sure our tasks get accomplished, I want to cast a vision and inspire my team to move on to greatness. I’m convinced John Maxwell can help me with that goal.

  • Anonymous

    I’m two courses shy of finishing my Masters Degree (at 52 years old)! WOO HOO!
    My current class, Group Dynamics, has completely reFired my heart for being the absolute best leader I can be. Over the past two years, I have been in a true crisis of calling. Yes, it has been excruciating at times, but I wouldn’t trade any of the refinement. What my current class had unfolded is the study of followership. Before now, I can honestly say I have focused more on leadership, not followership. So, after seeing John’s new book, which seems to address this “followership” principles, I would love to learn more in order to be highly effective. Once again, thank you for your highly informative blog. I feel as if I attend a leadership conference every day!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dan-Ward/1259937566 Dan Ward

    I strive to be at the Pinnacle. People will only follow you so long, if at all, unless they believe in who you are and what you stand for.

  • Ramone Bellagamba

    I have personally been awaiting this book since John Maxwell announced the fall release date at the Chick-Fil-A Leadercast in the spring. As a fellow man in the Christian faith I have much appreciation for John Maxwell’s service for all.  He has been a great servant leader in the image of Christ as I aspire to be. I have been an ardent reader of many of his books and have always been very interested in his five levels of leadership he has mentioned previously. John Maxwell’s Leadership Bible is one of my most prized possessions as he applies many of books insights in direct correlation to the bible. As I continue to grow in leadership in ministry, coaching, speaking and teaching his insights have had a profound effect on my life. I am excited to read and apply the content he has in this new book, so I can continue to climb the levels of leadership.

  • http://twitter.com/peteccsb Peter Guirguis

    I personally have read John Maxwell’s book, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, and I highly recommend him as an author. He has great insights and at the same time is very practical so there is always a great personal application from reading his books. I’m sure that his new book, The Five Levels of Leadership, follows suit.

  • Jason Lang

    Soon to be a career missionary in the country of Nicaragua I plan to spend a good portion of my time helping the local church in the area of leadership development. With the religious, political and sociological landscape such as it is in this country along with a large population of young people; the potential to change the direction of the country through the leadership development of the next generation is huge! I think John Maxwell’s new book would be a great help to me in both identifying which  level current “leaders” are at as well as plenty of great content to teach.

  • http://lifeengaged.net Joseph Waldrop

    I love John Maxwell. His book “Winning With People” is one of my all time favorite books. This year I decided to grow my leadership skills. I’m not in a leadership position, YET. But I want to get ahead of the game. I’m 26 and don’t want to wait until I’m 45 to start to learn how to be a more effective leader.

    I just got a promotion at work that has me delegating more to other employees. I don’t want to be a leader who has to force people to get things done. I want to learn more about the second level, Permission. I want others to want to hear what I have to say. I want them to follow me because they respect me. Not simply because I’m the boss or team leader.

    I think I can learn from this book. I love reading and would definitely start it as soon as I got it. Thanks for the giving us the opportunity to win this book Michael.

  • http://twitter.com/Bryan_Shoe Bryan Shoemaker

    John Maxwell is (in my opinion) the preeminent authority on leadership.

    Our country could take a few lessons on leadership from John. I cannot wait to read this new book.

  • Michele Verwold

    I’ve been an employee of a small family owned company for 20 years and was recently formally given the title of office manager, though my co workers always looked to me as the office manager and leader of the team.   Our company is in the middle of organizational growing pains and really needs a someone who is strong and effective as a manager, but more importantly a *true leader*.  I’m just beginning my walk [formally] as a leader and want to understand what makes one stand out.  I fully accept the responsibility of this position and want to be a leader who has people who follow not because they have to, but because of what I can do for the company, for them.  I want to be a Pinnalce leader!   Based on your recommendations and the reviews of I’ve read about John Maxwell and his knowledge, this is where I should start.  Thank you for sharing!  Michele V.

  • http://lifeengaged.net Joseph Waldrop

    I love John Maxwell. His book “Winning With People” is one of my all time favorite books. This year I decided to grow my leadership skills. I’m not in a leadership position, YET. But I want to get ahead of the game. I’m 26 and don’t want to wait until I’m 45 to start to learn how to be a more effective leader.

    I just got a promotion at work that has me delegating more to other employees. I don’t want to be a leader who has to force people to get things done. I want to learn more about the second level, Permission. I want others to want to hear what I have to say. I want them to follow me because they respect me. Not simply because I’m the boss or team leader.

    I think I can learn from this book. I love reading and would definitely start it as soon as I got it. Thanks for the giving us the opportunity to win this book Michael.

  • Strengthchamber

    The thing that intrigues me about this book is that it based on leadership principles from someone that  has experienced it’s benefits. I believe that a true leader is one that can replicate who they are and I believe that is John Maxwell. I would like to learn these principles, so that my wife and I could become better leaders to the youth ministry we are over. Also, we are embarking on more repsonisbilities in our business. We believe that there is safety in the multitude of counsel and stand on that word. I think we could use the free copy to use in our leassons in teaching the youth what true leadership because if we do not affect the youth we do not affect our future. Thanks for the opportunity Michael. Be blessed.

  • Linda

    I have read many of John Maxwell’s books and  between John and Michael Hyatt their books and blogs are my ‘go-to’ resources when I need a question answered or an idea expanded upon.  I would like to add John’s newest book to my resource library.  Thanks to both John and Michael for your obedience to share your knowledge.

  • http://twitter.com/reallyasa Asa Veek

    I have learned much from Dr. Maxwell over the years.  Right out of college, I read “21 Irrefutable Laws” and was instantly able to apply the principles in my occupation and ministry.

    This book sounds very interesting, not because it’s something new, but because it’s everything Maxwell has taught over his career.  It’s a great reminder of what it means to be a leader. 

  • Jeff Reininger

    I really enjoyed The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership and can’t wait to ready this new one.  I’m looking forward to reading about the 5 P’s of leadership and how I can apply them to my life!

  • http://www.inspiremuse.com Peter Hoppe

    As a young, developing leader, I desperately long to learn the fourth and fifth levels of leadership John writes about in his new book. I’ve led in the first three levels and loved each successive level, but I long to do more. To make a greater impact. To absorb from those who have gone before me, like yourself and John. I passionately desire to apply such insights to my life to better serve those in my sphere of influence. I want to be all I can be for God as soon as possible to make the biggest impact possible. 

    I’m a sponge ready to soak up solid advice from wise teachers like you and John. Thanks!

  • Johnlee603

    I am manager in a charity recruiting 9,000 volunteers a year. In my spare time I also manage a international charity called Hope for Latvia and regularly serve as apart of my local church.  This book intrigues me as I want to learn how I can grown from one level of leadership to the next.  I want to have the biggest possible impact with my life and reading this book will help me grow in my leadership and influence.

  • http://s469.photobucket.com/albums/rr58/catchick/ Shari Brown

    I am a small business owner(photography) and work for a small bookstore in a University town.  Leadership in each of these roles takes on different form, but neither of these leadership roles is the one I deem most important.  That would be the leadership role along side my husband in our family.  But regardless of the role, I do not underestimate my responsibility to be the best leader I can be, part of fulfilling that responsibility is education, which is where John Maxwell’s book comes in.  Please allow me the opportunity to receive one of these resources, if you see fit.  Many thanks for your consideration.


  • Chuck Lehman

    I have followed John Maxwell’s publications and video series over the years and have found them to be of excellence in life applications. Recognizing and building on one’s strengths and talents is one of my applications in running a small business, developing client relationships and creating integrity in what I do. I feel that Mr. Maxwell’s book, The 5 Levels of Leadership, will add to my knowledge and application to further this journey called LIFE and provide me with tools and resources to enhance it. Thanks, Chuck Lehman

  • Ryan Jenkins

    I heard John Maxwell say that this book will be the leadership book that will define him.  If that’s that case that would be a BIG DEAL considering 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership was a smash hit and one of the top leadership books of all time.

    All of Maxwell’s books are top notch and I am stoked to get my 5 Level’s on!

  • http://deannahershiser.com Deanna Hershiser

    Five years dabbling in communication on the web have taught me that people tend to want to start, in reaching others, with leadership level #5. This is natural, maybe, because I know I long to imitate the successes I encounter. But there is a process to becoming and representing something genuinely valuable. I’m intrigued about and would like to encounter John Maxwell’s take on this subject.

  • Edi Balian

    This year has been one where as a leadership we have taken the decision to raise up.

    Our church leadership team is young and in many ways inexperienced.
    But we have not let that hold us back and we have collectively gone after the things that hold us back.

    We see character as key. If you do not represent what you are calling people to become you have no real moral authority to lead and people won’t follow.

    We are the cap/limit of the growth of our church and that is why we are serious about growing and changing.

    I look forward to see how John addresses the issues that hold us back to reach level five leadership.

  • Dominic Menard

    I’ve read some of Maxwell’s work in my time as a college pastor and found it to be very on point in developing ministry leaders. In my new position as a brand new father of 2 little ones, developing leaders has taken on a whole new meaning. I look forward to helping my children become the leaders in their social circles that God has called them to be. 

  • Helen Heiskell

    I first heard of John Maxwell in the 90’s. He came to my church and spoke about leadership. His practical applications of scripture for leadership was amazing. I have been following him ever since then. As a positional leader, I not only want to become a better leader myself, but I want to learn how to help my team to become better leaders. I would like this book so that I can learn how to move from where I am (I believe I am at the third level) to the highest level of leadership. I want to be the kind of leader that God intends me to be.

  • Mon Sturm

    Many of my mentors and leaders at Beachbody highly recommend his books. I have heard wonderful things about his leadership training and would love to read this one. I have two young men at home and would like to use it to teach them leadership skills for their lives.

  • http://twitter.com/donhornsby donhornsby

    Thanks for sharing your review of the new book by John C. Maxwell.  I have been intrigued by the material in this book since hearing Maxwell talk about it a few months ago.  Since hearing about the five levels, I have been taking time applying them to the various roles in my life.  It has been an enriching and corrective time for me….and it is clear that I much to learn and change.

    I would like to go a bit deeper into the material in order to help others who are struggling with their roles.  Thanks for the opportunity to share these thoughts with you.

  • gary

    I’m looking forward to reading how to get people to follow you because they want to. They are people I follow because I want to, and I’m trying to be like that myself.

  • http://twitter.com/travisrrhodes Travis R Rhodes

    I am always interested in books by John Maxwell and I look forward to reading how I can maximize my potential in ministry.

  • Eleanorswan

    Dear Michael, I am totally totally intrigue because I am immensly taken by your excellent Review of the book and the content which seem to take you from whereever yu are at to where you need to be going.

    I need a copy because, I am called to lead and would love to do it right. Because I have seen in my country the failure of the Church, because of a lack of vision and true Leadership as a result the Body is suffering.  I desire help to change that trend and to make a difference’ ” I want to do it right! I need a copy because I know the reason why I end up here is God! and reason number 3. I do not know even understand why  I am so thirsty to receive a copy of this book……then it will be a while before it comes to my country.

    I have said enough here I will wait to hear from you.

    Together in His Service,


    PS.  John C. Max is one of my favourite authors.

  • Jill Galliher

    Good leaders are needed everywhere, at home, at your business, church, government… one seems to impact all the rest. I am a wife to a soon to be minister, a mother, a business owner, a citizen. Leaders have voices, and use them for the good of all, I need to learn how to go to the next level. I have always learned a lot from John Maxwell, his insight and wisdom is a gift from God, and he is using it well. The fact that it isn’t theory or left for you to figure out is what I am excited about, I love it when someone has succeeded and then says this is how you do it! Thank you for being so generous with giving away so many copies. 

  • Janet_self

    John Maxwell truly inspires me and we have started a new business wherein we need to be the best leaders we can be.   Mr. Maxwell truly uses his God given talents to have those of us who strive to be better.  I cannot wait to read his new book.  Thank you for this opportunity.

  • Macooper50

    Hey my name is Michael Cooper. I am 22 years old and have Major Depressive and General Anxiety Disorder. For the last 5 years I have suffered with rising intensity. The light that has gotten me through has been God. My mom raised me religious since I was baptized. Through him I have been able to survive. In the many days spent at home alone, I have read the Bible and many self-empowerment books to help me through my darkest of times. Even through my hardships, I strove to be a leader to my family and friends alike. It would mean the world to me if I could have this book as my family has fallen on hard times because of my medical bills. John Maxwell is extremely talented and I know this book would further inspire and impact my life greatly, in a positive way. Thank you so much for your consideration.

  • Tim Walk

    The thing that intrigues me the most is the potential depth Maxwell will engage in this book. I remember reading about the 5 levels of leadership years ago as an intern and I would love to discover the depth and the practical “how to” of moving to the next level. I’m a youth pastor and it is easy to be limited to positional leadership. But I don’t want to create a ministry that just impacts students for four years. I want to have a ministry that shapes young people for the rest of their lives. I know that many of Maxwell’s other books have shaped me and my leadership team. I believe this book can take me, my team, and my ministry to the next level.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mynameisjoshua Joshua Thomas

    I believe that God calls us all to be leaders in some form.  Any chance I get the chance to better learn how to be a leader I want to know. I want to learn more about the different reasons that people follow. It will help me  better understand the reasons why I follow the people that I do, as well as why others follow me. I have read other John Maxwell books and learned a lot. I hope that after reading this I will say the same and have another book that I want to pass on to others I know.

  • Tyler Hogan

    I work for a small business that my parents started. We have about 10 people in our office that I supervise. My parents are likely to retire in the next few years, and I’ll be taking leadership of the company. Being younger than most of the other employees, I want to move on from leading them by position.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=566960227 Joshua Sangster

    This book intrigues me because I have grown so much in the past few months to understand the person that God is grooming me to be. I’ve learned that leadership is really about service. You can’t round people up and scream at them to follow you until they are forced to. The real mark of a leader is this, in my mind; Who they follow, and when they turn about, who is following them.

    I’d love a copy of the 5 levels of leadership because I want to compare what I have learned to what someone with much more wisdom than I, has learned. I want to grow. I want to be challenged as a young adult to stand out from my generation of liver-destroying-festivity-participants. I want to be the best vessel that I can be to spread the salt and the light of Christ to the world. I want to see people excel in what they were made to excel in. 

    I want to learn how to serve.

  • ss0366

    I’m always intrigued by a new John Maxwell book because I am amazed by his insight!  I want a copy to read and apply what I learn.

  • http://twitter.com/TracyHarwood Tracy Harwood

    This book interests me a great deal!  My husband and I are both gifted with leadership skills, even though we have not always used them correctly or even recognized we had them in our “possession”.  As we have all experienced, hindsight is twenty – twenty.  Looking back over the years and through different situations and circumstances, I can see where we’ve made some strides from one level to the next in each of these leadership levels.  I can also see where we’ve had “mis-steps” for sure!  I teach Women’s Bible studies and am crazy about this amazing gift God has given me.  My husband is in a management position in his line of work.  However, saying all of that does not even scratch the surface of why I’m writing, hoping to win a copy of this book by John Maxwell.

    The main reason is this:  Together, my husband and I are raising two awesome men of God.  These boys are 13 and 15– but don’t let their young ages diminish this post.  Both of my boys are amazingly gifted athletes, both over 6 foot tall, and both display leadership skills that defy their ages.  Last Friday was the end of the first mid-term in their schools.  Both have straight A’s.  Their hearts are purely for God.  They have prayer lives that I don’t often witness in the lives of adults.  Their faith is huge.  I mentioned their athleticism and physical size because the leadership and the way in which they handle their size and giftings on their teams often teaches me lessons! At their young age, they are already well known is our state for basketball.  With these great blessings comes greater yet responsibilities.  Everyday, I am looking to God to help me teach them correctly… to keep them on the path of righteousness and respect, to help them decipher between humility and “playing small”–trying to teach them to be what God has created them to be.  One of my favorite quotes, and I apologize that I don’t know who said it, is this:  “Sometimes I get so caught up in the mechanics of being
    a Mom, that I miss the path that God has clearly set before me: to raise men of
    God.”  I see His hand with them, I see His blessings on them.  I must confess that there are days I can’t believe God has entrusted me with these two incredible young men!  So, I am hoping for a copy of this book to teach me, refine my giftings, that I may in turn help them to become the men of God He created them to be!

    Thank you for this opportunity! 

  • Smesseh

    This book intrigues me, in large part due to the negative issues I see going on in my home church now due to a lack of effective leadership. Over the last few months, God has put me in positions of leadership in my church and I have gotten a front row seat to the crisis of a lack of leaders. Our entire church is suffering and nobody knows why. I want to change our entire church community, but I know it must start at the top with our leadership team. Too many of us are stuck at level 1 on the levels of leadership and we need a roadmap to guide us to the next steps to lift up our congregation of over 1000 families. I am genuinely excited for the potential impact this book will have on millions of young leaders like myself. 

  • http://twitter.com/JaxStateFan Hank Humphrey

    I have looked so forward to John taking this material from Developing the Leader Within You and updating and expanding it. I have taught John’s material from DTLWY in our company as our Leadership 101 class as well as his original teaching on the  5 Levels. Now we will have new fresh content.

  • Elizabeth Harewood

    I have read some books from John Maxwell an he is very knowledgeable on Leadership. I believe that GOD has called me to be  leader an he has given me lots of opportunities to be such. this book will help give me keys to develop as a leader and to also help others. in this time as I study to be a lawyer, I do believe that this book will help me to be the best that I can be  without compromising my Christianity and to help develop other leaders within my cell group class

  • Brian Vinson

    As a pastor, I am interested in leadership. I have read several of Maxwell’s books, and I’m hoping this one will answer some questions – the key (for me) is the practical emphasis of how to get to the next level. I often find myself bumping into the “glass ceiling” of my current level.

  • Pmac8284

    As a young leader (while still in college) a friend recommended me to read “Developing the Leader Within” by John Maxwell – one of the first books I ever read. It taught me a ton about how to be an effective leader. I’ve since read many books by John Maxwell and I know that this book will help me to grow even more in my leadership styles inside and out of the church

  • Brian J. Redshaw

    The concepts of leadership and influence are interchangeable.  As a graduate of the John Maxwell Team Certification Program,  I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of this book.  John Maxwell is an excellent “distiller of the truth.”  This book should make us better and than have ever been.

  • Jamie Westlake

    John Maxwell always has something of value to speak into my life.

  • Gina Hawkins

    John Maxwell is a leader of leaders. His insight continues to help me refocus how I lead and influence others.  He writes with a style that is clear, and practical. I always learn something new from him.

  • Peter Rondeau

    The message in this book is clear, thats why I’ve always loved Maxwell books. The reason I want this book personally is to improve my leadership in all levels so I can help others do the same in their lives.

  • http://www.palabraviviente.blogspot.com Antonio

    Im very blessed when i read John Maxwell book’s, greetings from Chile

  • Chris Wiley

    I found it interesting to learn that their are more levels to leadership than who is in power.  I’d like to read this book to find out how I could apply its ideals at work, at church, as a board member at Stonewall and in my greek organization.

  • http://twitter.com/LillyGuimaraes Eliana Guimarães

    I admire Dr Maxwell’s inspiring teachings and never tire of learning from him. I am a lerner and I want his book because I know I will learn more from him and will be able to pass on his invaluable knowledge to my children.

  • E. Jake Gamble

    I am an adult educator and speaker. I specialize in Leadersip development and personal achievement. I’m always looking to grow as an individual, first. I believe the book would add to both my character and competence

  • Gary Heyes

    Every book I have read of John’s points to the greatest purpose in our lives: To become people who positively influence others and leave a lasting legacy for generations to follow. Everything rises and falls on Leadership. John Maxwells life message is all about that. I have gone through John’s Five Levels of Leadership Videos a number of times and look forward to reading His new Book. I’m excited to see how he has expounded on the video series offering more practical steps to move through the levels. As always, I look forward to passing the book onto people who I have direct influence on  and see them flourish in their God given calling and abilities as leaders.  

  • Roberto Guerrero

    I am a full time Senior Pastor and truly believe that in these times we need leaders who understand true servant leadership. There is no better leadership guru than John Maxwell. After reading several of his books it is imperative to see where this next step takes us.

    I am intrigued because I personally struggle with getting my followers to get past step 1 in this book and if I am going to make a difference in my community than I am going to have to climb the ladder to include all 5 steps.

    Also intriguing is the order of the 5 steps because in my opinion steps 5 and 4 would come before step 2 but I would love to hear the “master” explain his logic and theory behind that!

    So looking forward to this … Thanks for the chance to realize a dream!

  • Greg Smith

    I got downsized in 2007 after almost 28 years with a regional, privately-held hosiery company.  I was involved in leadership with the company for over 26 years and always wanted to learn all I could about leadership and this is how I came to start reading John Maxwell books.  I got back into the workforce @ Chick-fil-A in April of 2010 after working for an insurance company owned by a family friend.  I was not cutout for the commission only work and had to seek a job with a regular pay schedule.  I was blessed to be able to move up in my store and I am currently the dayshift manager.  I always want to learn more and know that learning on a continual basis is the key to being an effective leader.  I have to get better since my team cannot go higher than my ability to lead based on the “law of the lid”.

  • http://twitter.com/LLadylaw Fegins (Faygo)

     Serving  as a leader of  a ministry at church , a member of a leadership team, serving  in a leadership role in a ministry outside of church and in secular positions one needs to honestly examine his or her leadership  qualities. What  can you do to become an effective wise servant leader that can develop  and inspire others ,  have them to trust your leadership , mobilize them to action, and to  create a desire to serve faithfully without pulling teeth is a nagging question. When you mentioned how some serve because of permission and the other points , I never labeled  different aspects of leadership like that but the short description brought examples of each or some to  my mind and I want to read about them further.

  • Dedwardsiii7

    Maxwell always seems to be practical with his books. As a leader, it is helpful to always be a learner to be a better leader. I’m looking forward to reading John’s 5 Levels of Leadership

  • Karen Lanie

    I am a follower of John Maxwell and his teachings. He inspires me, and I have come a long way with him. However, I am a bit stuck. After trying many things, I have now embarked upon an initiative to raise funds for a charity organisation, whilst writing my own book. I can use all the inspiration I can get.

  • Mark H.

    hiaving, understanding and using effective leases ip qualities are essential to everything that we do in life. From wing better at our jobs, to giving guidance to our children, an effective leader, guided by sound principles, makes for a better person. it’s critical for someone who wants to lead, to also be able to follow, amid to understand that leadership does not always come from the front, or from the top. Leadership can come from anywhe, but to be effective, we must understand leadership, the risks and the rewards, the praise and the pitfalls, that are inherent in being a leader. I think that this bqook will help mew to take a different perspective on leadership and my leadership style, making me a better, more effective leader.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve never read a Maxwell book but have heard many goodnthings. I’m intrigued because i work with students and want to lead them and my leaders better.

  • SGT Courtney Hickman

    I am a Noncommissioned Officer in the United States Army, we are given many tools to complete the the mission from weapons, to gear, special schooling and so on. The tool I think that brings all of that together is how I think, in other words how I lead. Soldiers lives are placed in my hands and considering the nature of the military step one is automatic. I feel this book will be a vital tool in helping me to gain the rest of the steps which will help me get them back home to their loved ones, and will help impact more soldiers than I ever could individually because I will have developed leaders. Thank you.
    SGT Hickman

  • http://www.barachurch.com Joel Quile

    I’ll be honest, the first reason I wanted this was because it was free. After reading your summary, however, I have a bit deeper reason. The concept of “Pinnacle” intrigues me. You don’t hear that taught much. If ever. I believe that “self leadership” is hardest and yet most important. The result of consistent strong self leadership might be pinnacle.  I’d like to read the book and see if I’m right. 

    Thanks Michael.

    Joel Quile
    (the guy who drove from Dallas to San Antonio for your Oak Hills training.)

  • Elena Koceva

    People talk a lot about leadership and being a leader, and I feel like I am one of those people who are expected to be leaders in their comminity, but I am afraid to. I am a middle school teacher and I live and work in a small village in Macedonia. The truth is, I know that the Lord has caled us to be his ambassadors in our world, and that takes the ability to lead people. I think that this book can offer me insight and help in this matter.

  • http://twitter.com/lovejoy1908 Francis LaJoy

    At my previous employer, we were required to read Peter Drucker.  The books greatly influenced my way of thinking and doing as a leader.  These books were supplemented by titles such as the 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership.  It came as no surprised with the 21 Laws was also required reading for the leadership team at  my church.  Whether in business, government, non-profit or any other type of group, these laws are meaningful and powerful.  It should be required reading for all of those in leadership or who aspire to be in leadership!  I enjoy reading John Maxwell, and can’t wait to add the new book to my collection!

  • Catie PBGNY

    From the time that I was a little girl, I have wanted to change the world by helping others! That is my DREAM!
    Over the past several years, the Lord has been placing my husband, myself, and our children in positions of influence in the NYS homeschool community and in other areas. We want to not only be good stewards before God, but we want to be effective with others.
    We are ‘students of leadership’ and have been blessed to sit under the teaching of Dr Maxwell on two occasions, soon to be three!
    I am intrigued to find out what level my leadership currently is… And how to reach the pinnacle!
    Thank you for your blog! I have joined it recently at the referral of Mark Hamby of Lamplighter and have learned so much already! You have sparked many creative ideas in my mind.

  • Anonymous

    When I was 17 years old, a mentor handed me a John Maxwell monthly audio leadership lesson. Up until that point in my life, I never considered myself to be a leader, nor did I care about personal growth. After listening to that lesson, I have been obsessed with becoming a better leader and growing to my maximum potential. Other than God, no one has influenced my life  as much as John Maxwell has through his writing and his speaking.

    What intrigues me about this book and why do I want it? I am 26 years old, and every year I grow, I recognize that I need to grow even more. At 26 I am realizing more than ever that you do not lead everyone the same way and you do not have the same level of influence with everyone you lead. I think this book would be a critical book for me to read in the current season I am in.

    I am not sure what God has ultimately called me to, but I do realize that if I am going to reach my full potential as a leader, than I will need to learn how to lead at all 5 levels.

    Thank you for investing and resourcing others!

    -Doug “Bubba” Smith

  • http://twitter.com/SeekOutWisdom Joseph Iliff

    The most intriguing qualities of the book is that John separates the act of leading from simply having a leadership title, and that developing as a leader doesn’t stop.  Simply having a title like manager or director doesn’t make one much of a leader.  If your people have to follow you simply because they have no choice, they won’t do more than just that, what they have to.  To really exercise leadership is separate from one’s title, and involves having influence over others and adding value to them.  Also, the 5 Levels of Leadership make it clear that leading is a skill, not just one action.  Like any skill, the leader can develop it and strengthen their abilities until they are creating leaders capable of doing the same.  It seems quite a treatise on the heart of leadership, and a must read for any leader.

  • http://twitter.com/RevBadie Jön Pierre Badie

    I was introduced to books written by John Maxwell back 10 years ago and applied the principles to my life ever since. I even influenced my pastor, at that time, to buy a DVD collection to teach our church leaders personal development and leadership skills. It was truly life changing for us to walk through the book & seminar. It’s been awhile since I’ve looked into his current material and would love to have this particular book. I’m embarking on a new season in my ministry and know that I have some sharpening to do!

  • Frank

    We teach leadership to youth and to communities about how to make room for youth leadership development to take place. Creating positions in city councils, school boards, organization boards, and any other place that makes policy decisions. It is important for youth to understand who to follow and what they need to do to become an effective leader.

  • Jan

    I am a recent MSIS graduate where I had my first real exposure to leadership training.  As a single mother of 4 young adults, an active service leader in my church, a caretaker of my elderly parents, a project manager at my work….etc. I am excited at how developing my leadership skills has touched every aspect of my life.  I like to take every opportunity to improve and expand my knowledge. 

    I can see myself fluxuating at the various levels decribed above, depending on the area of my life I am leading.  I would like to focus on closing these gaps and move toward a consistant leadership style.

  • http://www.facebook.com/neify Mike Neifert

    As a pastor, I’m always looking for good material to help me and the people I lead know how to lead better. I have been blessed time after time by Maxwell’s insights over the years. I went to one of his first pastor’s confererences back in Indiana more than 15 years ago. I’d love to read this book and teach it to others.

  • Maria

    I am a 26 year old Amway independent business owner. I am currently in the process of growing my business team to a level where I will have the opportunity to impact many lives for Christ. Looking at the 5 levels of leadership intrigued me because I want to undetstand where I am currently, where I need to be and not make the same mistakes others have made. Maxwell is an incredible gift from heaven and I dont want to take him for granted. I appreciate what he has done for Leadership Team Development. The least I can do is repay him by reading and applying his material.

    Thank you for the opportunity to share.

  • Bob Hinman

    I have continually tried to gauge my own leadership development with the five levels of leadership that Mr. Maxwell has described in previous books.  I am excited that he has created this new book to further develop a cativating and insightful take on the leadership progression.  I can’t wait to get a copy and read what will be the latest edition to a growing John Maxwell library!

  • Jason

    I’ve enjoyed going through Johns videos in my last position. I always fount his material helpfully as I work to become a better leader. It looks like this book will really help as I become a better leader. Thanks!

  • Sadler_tanya

    As an Instructional Coach, I am traveling this road of leadership. I am intrigued and motivated to move to the next level and pursue a position as a principal at the elementary level. More than ever, I am reaching out to all available resources to build my God given strengths and to hone those that are less strong. It is time to put myself out there and develop others through my own personal development. This book is an excellent source for direction and sounds like a great companion and “road map” as I travel down this new route in my life.


    • Tanya

      I forgot to mention that I’ll be sharing this book with my building leader as well. We often read and discuss texts then coach each other to new professional levels of thought and action. How cool is it to have that type of working relationship?! :-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1000376307 Gina Dacus

    I’d love to have a copy of this book.  I love the 5 “P’s”.  Since most people are in the midst of pressing, gaining wisdom and practical tips to grow during a volatile time is key.  We should be in preparation mode, not in a panic.  John Maxwell books are great reads as well as inspiring.  I’ve loved reading his books in the past and I know this book will be refreshing as well.  I also love your comment about leadership being an entry point.  New beginnings are great, but finish lines are the goal.

  • Deborah Turner

    John Maxwell is a master at leadership principles. I appreciate that he makes the concepts relatable, simple and easy to understand – now, if it was just that simple to always follow! We use many of the Maxwell principles/concepts in training missionaries to work around the world.

  • Aws1827

    I’ve reached a point in my life
    where I’m ready to move to the next phase of my life. Often times I feel stuck
    in habitual lifestyle, where I am not fully using my leadership skills and
    gifts.  I honestly believe this book will shed light the actual methods to
    understanding the 5 levels of leadership, but it will also help me to hone in
    on my own leadership abilities as it relates to each level. 

  • http://www.sundijo.com Sundi Jo Graham

    I have been waiting two months for this book to come out! I’m not sure what it was about this particular book that caught my attention, but it’s been sitting in my Amazon wish list for two months now. John has been giving teasers away on his blog about the five levels of Leadership that have kept me even more hooked. I saw him speak at a Joyce Meyer conference last year and he blew me away. He’s real, yet gets to the facts about what we need to do, and change, in order to be better leaders. 

  • Darren Olson

    I want to develop as a leader and the 5 steps is a laid out plan. It tells you where you are so you know where to start. Never improving gets boring and sucks the life out of you. I want to fulfill the plan God has for me. That wont be accomplished if I don’t work on improving where God is speaking to me. Good leaders people like to follow I don’t want to be just out for a walk.

  • Kevin Messner

    As one of John Maxwell’s Founders Circle, I highly recommend all of John’s materials to anyone who wants to be taken serious as a leader. I also recommend that you not just read the books, but study and apply the principles in your daily life. Living them will cause you to be in a position of truly impacting people. This book is the next step in puruing my desire to make an impact.

  • Thejimturner

    Why do I want a book? Because this is a foundational principle which EVERY leader needs to be aware of. I am familiar with the five levels, but having a resource like John’s book would truly help me maximize its effectiveness within myself and my team. I am hoping to have an intern work with me in the near future, and this will certainly be on the reading list. 
    What intrigues me about this book? The same thing that intrigues me about all of John’s books: his ability to take abstract complicated ideas, and put clothes on them so they are recognizable, and useable. Again, I am familiar with the five levels of leadership, but I am confident that after I read this book, I will look back and think “man, I had no idea that there was so much in there!”

    Thank you for the opportunity, and for your blog!

  • Sue Gomez

    What an interesting book, I can’t wait to read it and see where I can find some of my own experience in the book! I am also always looking for resources to share with my colleagues in the nonprofit sector to help us grow our skills. I am sure this will be a great book that I will share with many others.

  • http://twitter.com/laura_larocque Laura

    I am in the middle of a do-over! I have been in Children’s Ministry since I was a teen and was recently in a CM Director’s position that was ideal, however due to an unhealthy work environment, I made the tough decision to move on for the betterment of the ministry, the church body and most importantly-my family! I still feel a calling but am somewhat apprehensive.  I lay awake a night thinking: “Did I do the right thing?, Did I represent the Lord well in my words and actions?, How could I have handle myself better from a leadership standpoint?” And on and on the questions go! I do have peace that the decision was right, but as an analytical individual, I am constantly reassessing if my leadership attributes were factual and not emotional! With what occurred over the the last 18 months and having been part of a church in which 5 staff members resigned within 6 months of one another, I believe I may need to take a big step backwards and regroup my leadership thought process. With that being said, Mr. Maxwell’s latest book just might be what I need right now!


  • http://www.facebook.com/rgm24 Robert Graham Miller

    I am intrigued by this book because of its subject and who wrote it. I haven’t read any of Maxwell’s books before, but I’ve heard a lot of really good things about him. I would like a copy because I am in the process of becoming a leader at my church. I still need a lot of help In understanding whats the best way to handle situations and how to develop the people that are under me and this book sounds like it would be a great help as I develop as a leader.

  • Ben Dempsey

    I had e privilege of hearing Mr. Maxwell speak at Chick-Fil-A Leadercast over these principles. I am trying to lead my healthcare team to take the next level. I believe that it can start by understanding the 5 levels of Leadership.

  • http://twitter.com/KathyJackson02 Kathleen Jackson

    I actually just attended Dave Ramsey’s EntreLeadership Simulcast from Dallas and man oh man would this book be an awesome companion to the already beginning work in learning how to become a servant leader, understanding the reasoning behind your followers and push me (any person of influence) to a place of continue evaluation and  readjustment to the values and desired mission needing completion (total run on sentence…lol).  John Maxwell has always been practical in his teaching style and ready and willing to be transparent with his personal testimony continuously threaded through out his works. I’m sure this book will be another best seller, dissecting the minds of his readers and exposing the truths that we many times refuse to see…I can’t wait to get my hands on one.

  • Joan Teeters

    One of my daughters is Superintendent of an school system in suburbia Birmingham with a 97% poverty rate.  She has made great strides as a leader and I feel this book would be a tremendous resource for her.   She began her career in this system and has had opportunities to move to more affluent districts; however, she considers this to be her mission. 
    I have been passing on leadership information from your posts which has been most appreciated.  Whether chosen or not, please say a pryer for all our schools and the dedicated men and women who are trying desperately to make a positive difference in the lives of children in these troubled times.

    Thank you for your many inspiring words.

  • Designpassion

    I began my journey in leadership reading John’s 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership. His books have been a great support as I try to grow myself in the hopes of impriving the lives of others through leadership. This new book seems like a culmination of knowledge combined with John’s current perspective (being able to look back over the results and years). This intrigues me as I feel like it would be the most valuable info/perspective in the area of leadership that I could hope to read. A personal thanks for this blog post, as I feel your personal perspective adds value on top of the intrinsic value the book already touts. Makes me extra excited to read 5 Levels!

  • Gina

    I have a confession to make.  I am “that” girl.  The one my friends just shake their heads at.  It drives them crazy.  They don’t want to know, and they cannot understand why I have to go “there”. 

    Yep, I usually can only get through the first few chapters, and then bingo!  I flip to the back of the book and read the ending chapter(s).  Most people wonder why I would “ruin” a good read this way.  But I have always known that I am different, and that things make sense to me differently than they do to others.  I can begin to build the outer structure that the story is contained within more efficiently by reading books in this way.  Then I can begin to color in the details as I flip back to the beginning of the book and continue reading in the “correct” order.

    What intrigues me about this new book from John Maxwell is that this book embodies the core of his teaching. It lays out his entire leadership model. I am fairly new to his work, and I would like to start with this book, since in many ways, it is a roadmap to the others.  That way I can establish his core principal teachings as the foundation and begin to build up from there.

    People get better at things the longer they do them.  I suspect that is the case with this book.  A concise and to the point reference, drawn from years of speaking, teaching, and writing.

  • http://twitter.com/nate_bottle44 Nathan Harbottle

    I have really learned a lot from John C. Maxwell’s other books. I have an education leadership business and am always looking for great books to use in helping others in their quest for growing in leadership. I believe that this book would benefit many of the people that I work with on a daily basis. Thank you for the opportunity to win this book.

  • http://www.facebook.com/louise.thaxton Louise Thaxton

    Any book written by John Maxwell on leadership intrigues me!  But especially that talks about “levels” – where you can be a “leader” – but on a non-productive or fulfiling “level”.  Can’t wait to read it! 

  • Revmichaelreece

    I will have this book even if I have to buy it.
    I am a big fan of John!
    I am compelled to buy the book because it will add value to me but more importantly add value to others!

  • Wayne

    As a missionary in the field, my experience has taught me teamwork is the backbone of of successful ministry. I have been working with an organization (that I love) for over 2 years, and have recently made the commitment in my heart and to the organization that God has called me to this career on a long term basis. 

    Now I am charged with the responsibility of leading and growing a team on the field and the organization as a whole. This book would go a long way in helping me understand how to lead a team to be as successful as possible.


  • Dan Brubacher

    I would love a copy of John’s latest book.  I have read many of his books and have learned a ton from his insights.  This book, in particular, sounds intriguing because I can see the five levels in terms of people I have followed.  Even now I am thinking about people who have been in leadership over me, and I am reflecting on which level they functioned at.  Furthermore, I am doing the same with respect to those whom I am leading currently.  I so long to grow in my leadership as a local church pastor–so that I might impact more lives for the kingdom.

  • darylld

    I am excited for this book!  After graduating from college and leading several campus organizations, I started as a sales rep for a local agency for Xerox.  After a few successful years there, I became a manager for the next 3.  After nearly 6 years there, I jumped to a new company, to start as a sales rep.  Within 3 months, I was promoted to sales manager.  I am the youngest sales rep by at least 4 years and at most 10 years.  I just started yesterday in my new role, this book comes at a great time!

  • Chuck mckitrick

    I was introduced to Mr. Maxwell’s Christian leadership model years ago when I was a new believer.  I was blown away and could hardly believe that there was such a thing–a structure to aspire to that was not of this world but based on biblical teachings.  His books have helped me along the way to understand what is to be a good leader.  Now, years later, I find myself as a business owner and leader in the church, and want to make sure that people follow me because they want to, not because they have to.

    Chuck McKitrick
    Calgary Alberta

  • http://twitter.com/kucole Kristin Cole

    I am a manager of a PR firm and would find this book very helpful in learning to lead our team. As a relatively young manager, I try to soak up as much leadership information as I can in order to personally hone in on the gifts and talents given to me.

    I love the analysis of why people follow. I think sometimes we have an idea of what a good “leader” is, but much of leadership correlates with servanthood. As you describe the five leadership levels above, it’s clear that people want to see leaders acting as much as they want to hear their suggestions.

    I would love to explore further how I can use these principles in developing my own leadership style but also in helping to know how to develop my team into leaders of their own.Thanks for this opportunity.

  • Kgbushey

    I am 56 years old and have had the priledge of planting a church in earlier years. I have a desire to plant again but feel I need more leadership tools than ever in todays culture. I have always respected John and his teaching and feel this book would help me make a greater impact.

  • Debbie Molden

    I am working hard to become an effective leader…  I have recently been picking up Leadership books to read..  I have come to love John C Maxwells style of writing.. I am in the process of making a big life changing career move and need all of the help and advice I can absord to help me reach the potential that I need to make this move…  I also just added his new app to my phone and that is part of my daily routine…

  • Davidlyonemail

    I’m intrigued by the simplicity. I want a copy because my experience has taught me to pay close attention to a mentor when they express anything that I’m inclined to dismiss as too simple to be true or valuable. A quick read is also appealing given my current circumstances and this might help me stop thinking about starting a small group at the office and actually do it.

  • Chrismoor36

    i own my own business and train and develop through consistency

  • Janet Goins

    I’m a worship pastor for a church plant that started almost 3 years ago. I am always desiring to learn how to be a better leader and to lead well. My husband, put me on to John’s leadership books/teachings, years ago and for this, I am very grateful. My husband is an avid reader and loves to learn and I love to read and learn as well. We are deeply thankful to John Maxwell and his gift in this area. 
    I am also an employee for the largest home builder in the area. We are always being encouraged to read, read, read! John Maxwell is one of our team’s favorite authors.

  • Dustin James

    Michael, I’m not sure how old John Maxwell is, but it seems that every leader, the older he or she gets, is compelled to shake down their teaching into a core message. I’m interested in this book for that reason to grab a hold of what Maxwell would tell me as a result of years and years of study and practice in leadership. Much like when the Apostle Paul wrote Ephesians late in his ministry it was a culmination of what he had learned about the church, her identity, and what God is calling her to become. Thanks for your consideration.

  • http://highpointchurch.us Andrew VanDerLinden

    When I first started in ministry 10 years ago I led at level 1 and saw myself at level 5.  That is if I would have even known about the different levels of leadership.  After reading the examples of the 5 levels, I see how I am at different levels of leadership with different people in my organization.  I see how much this book will benefit me, and would love a copy. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1129749040 Ashly Voss

    I attended the Scentsy Convention this year in August, and John Maxwell was one of our key-note speakers. He gave us a taste of this book, and I can’t wait to read it. I want to dive in and put these 5 principles into practice for my business, so that I can flourish the way deep down I know I can. 
    I want to know what I need to do to myself in order to become an effective leader so that I can grow my team and help them grow their’s. 

  • Thomas_bolton2000

    I have been studying John Maxwell’s books and using them in groups I facilitate for over 15 years.  Recently I have sometimes wondered if I am past the age where it makes sense to learn leadership principles, or do I still lead in some productive ways?  Am I getting toward the pinnacle and just didn’t realize it?  I have learned from almost all of John Maxwell’s books, so I look forward to this one too.  I also hope to use it in my group, “Learners Leaders and Relationships.”  Ultimately, I will give the book to one of the Timothy’s I mentor.

  • Nicolephan

    Today working environment is changed. Leading is the first on the path to maturity – willingness to take responsibility.  I believe equipping myself and others with such knowledge only provides a better, broader and stronger view toward living a life that matters.
    Being familiar with the simplicity of John Maxwell distilled wisdom, I am so eager to read, chew and digest the 5 levels of leadership. This will help me to identify my own position in the 5 levels and understand where to go next, as well as helping others on their path.

    Thanks for providing  the opportunity. I’m certain the book and the applications used by reading will be a huge success.
    -Nicole Phan

  • http://twitter.com/MaestroMusicMan Chris Deeves

    I think leadership is something I need to improve at.  If I can get a clearer picture of how to do that – then this book has value.  All learning about leadership is worth the read, and I can always learn something from reading.  Maxwell knows his stuff.

  • Christine Weaver

    I have not read Maxwell’s 5 Levels of Leadership, but within your description of this book, one of my bosses is at level 5. This is what intrigues me – I know someone who is already there and another person who is at level 1. I want to know more about how I can impact change in my organization, not necessarily because of my position, but because of who I am as I seek to help others and what I stand for.

  • http://twitter.com/EDGEtn the E.D.G.E.

    I have been in ministry as a full time Pastor for 11 years. I just launched a new church plant and have determined to use the past 11 years as a catalyst to propel the next phase of my ministry. I have come to understand that just relying on the Holy Spirit isn’t enough…. I need effective leadership skills. I can be anointed all day, but if I am a bad leader, no one will follow.
    I no longer want to waste precious time pouring into people without actually LEADING them! 

  • Tkenny

    This book is a great “locater” of where you are as a leader. It then inspires you to become a lifelong leader learner, knowing that as you grow your leadership becomes an ever increasing benefit to those that you are leading 

  • Anonymous

    I have been a follower of John Maxwell for a little over a year now. My organization asked that its leaders read the 21 Laws and take the evaluation in the back of the book. We were then assigned John’s other books based on our weakest leadership strengths. Being young and having earned my MBA less than 3 years ago, I always felt I had something to prove in my leadership positions – and John tells me I do! Nothing in my graduate studies prepared me like John has, and frankly I could know all about certain “principles” and “theories” but get no where with my people if I didn’t have the right values, beliefs, and attitudes that I have learned through these books. I am able to also use his ideas in my leadership role with the youth praise and worship band that my husband and I lead at our church. We are able to lead through example to them, and hopefully help shape them as leaders.

    All of John’s books have been a pleasure to read. I can’t wait to read his new one, especially since he talked about this at the Chick-fil-a leadercast. Thanks John and Michael!

  • JR

    I am hoping to put to use his principles of leadership and inspire others to assist in the leadership and volunteer activities of a non-profit organization.

  • http://twitter.com/rb46140 Raymond Brown

    Michael,  I am happy to hear that you enjoy John Maxwell as much as I do!!   He is truley what I refer to as the “POPE” of Leadership and inspiration!!  Thank you Michael for all you do.  I read your blogs and tweets everyday!!  Be Well & GOD Bless!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/rodlandersal Rod Landers

    The idea of leadership and what actually being a leader means is intriguing.  You’ve heard the old saying “promoted to the level of their incompetence”? Well, that statement rings true today, as our society has largely forgotten what leadership is.  It is indeed way more than simply a position. Thank you, John, for helping us better understand what is required of us as leaders, whether we are a small group leader or CEO of a large organization. The principles are the same. 

  • http://twitter.com/Reuel_Williams REUEL WILLIAMS

    I enjoy and learn from anything John Maxwell puts out there. I especially love learning these great principles that work inside and outside of church from a man who Loves God as I do.

  • http://twitter.com/rb46140 Raymond Brown

    Thank You Michael, I am happy to hear that you are as great a fan of John Maxwell as I am.  He is what I refer to as the “POPE” of leadership and inspiration.  Thank you Michael for all you do, I read all your blogs and tweets as well.  Be well & GOD Bless!!

  • Marvin O. Aparato

    Simply because it’s John Maxwell’s. Nothing more. Nothing less.

  • http://twitter.com/Reuel_Williams REUEL WILLIAMS

    I am most intrigued by the fact that this book will encompass or bring together all the other great books he has already written and all the lessons I have already learned from them. This is why I have to have a copy whether I win it or just go out and buy it.

  • Emily

    I have recently begun a role with a wonderful company, Thirty-One Gifts, where I have a responsibility to help other women achieve their goals, as well as my own.  I believe that women are such a driving force in our world today, and I want to be able to share and lead women the best way possible…this book would help me do that!

  • Jolie_Bug

    I am intrigued by this particular leadership book because I really like the concept of laying out the different layers of leadership.  There are some individuals I have encountered who are leaders solely because of their position then there are others that I follow for other reasons.  I think John Maxwell has hit this one right on the mark and I am curious to read more depth to the concept behind this theory.  As I grow personally as well as in my career, I’d really like to be someone that people follow for reasons beyond just that I am “the boss” and I believe understanding the principles in this book will help me.

    Thank you :-)

  • Eaglesvision

    I’m a christian leader who works with pastors and churches concerning leadership.  There is a real crisis in the smaller churches and ministries, of which I primarily work with, concerning team ministry and delegated authority.  I believe this book would help me encourage and strengthen these pastoral ministries.  Thanks you.

  • Coach410berry

    I love the way John Maxwell combines godly principles with business leadership. Mr Maxwell is a great resource for new leaders like myself. I would love to receive a copy of his book and would make sure to pass it along to other

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ro-Thompson/100001259774291 Ro Thompson

    The reason that I’m intrigued with this book is to make sure #1 that I’m on the right path to leadership and #2 to make sure that my team is on track to becoming great leaders. The reason I would like a copy of the book is to learn the 5 levels of leadership and then I can begin to determine where people are on the different levels of leadership.  Leadership has been a major topic in the industry that I’m in and I think this book could really help me.

  • Bobby Udoh

    It is my desire to attain the fifth level of leadership as prescribed by John (Pinnacle) and I can begin the journey by reading the book. As previous books of John has enabled my leadership, I am in great expectation that this would do likewise. Thanks for the partnership between John & Michael.

  • Daniel Desmond

    I have just finished listening to the 21 Irrefutable laws of leadership and really liked what I heard, I am trying to apply them into my daily life not all of them but the ones that I feel I am stronger on to become a better person and hopefully a better leader.  I would really love to win one of these books as my theme for this coming quarter is Level 5 leadership.

  • Dori Fileccia

    I have been following John Maxwell and his teaching for years. Currently, I’m enrolled at Regent University in their Organizational Leadership and Management program and am hoping to finish with my masters, then move onto teaching leadership on a university level. I’ve already downloaded the application to my phone and taken the quiz which showed that I’m a level 3 leader. As a professional, I do leadership consulting and would like to continue to hone my skills in order to mentor future leaders as I continue to improve me own servant leadership traits and skills. I think John’s books would be another constructive piece to help better mold my leadership abilities.

  • hudson5107

    I have been a ministry leader in various positions through the years. Now as a writer who works from home in a rather solitary situation, I would like to apply the principles of leadership to my writing to encourage and influence readers from a “pinnacle perspective.” Thank you for this opportunity.  

  • Stacy Burnett

    I’m so glad you wrote about this book. I was just about to begin reading one of his older books. I think I’ll wait and read this one first.


    PS – You have a typo in one sentence. See below:
    With his typical humor and AN abundance of real-world examples, John describes each of the five levels in detail.

  • Njeri Mungai

    I am a single mother and I always find myself helping out be it at Church, Schools and personal friends who come to me for advice.  I am a middle child and a very good friend of mine asked me the other day….”who made you the first born of your family”….I then realized I have a gift in leadership and I need to utilize accordingly.  I would appreciate a copy to enchance my knowledge and start doing more of what I like to do with some guided tools.  I have been looking forward everymorninig to aminute with John Maxwell’s video!!! 

  • Nathan Sprague

    I have read two of mr. Maxwells books, “Thinking for a change” and ” There’s no such thing as business ethics”, both of which have proved to be very insightful in my everyday dealings with people.
    Just like the math teacher, I’m a supervisor where I work and I thoroughly believe that you can get people to follow you not just because they have no other choice, and get more/ better production if you provide the right example as a leader and speak to them the right way.


    Nathan Sprague

  • http://www.KathyRRealEstateGroup.com Kathy Rauschenbach

    My husband and I have just about every book (& most tapes/cd’s) that John Maxwell has written.  When we owned our own business, we used several of John’s books in our leadership training program & required that all managers read the book “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership”.  Practicing the leadership principles that John taught helped greatly to grow our managers and leaders. 

    We attended one of Maxwell’s leadership conferences in Atlanta, GA and been a Maximum Impact Club Member.  We continue to follow and practice what we learn from John Maxwell.  It has helped us become the successful business people we are today.  

    I would love to win a free copy of “The 5 Levels of Leadership”, so please let me know ASAP if I made the cut.  Otherwise, I am going to buy a copy anyway,  plus one for my husband!!  Also, I plan to give a copy of this book to my nieces and nephews for Christmas.  If the college students would read, learn and practice these principles……..they could change the business world for good……and even our churches!! 

  • http://www.facebook.com/crtucker418 Cecilia R. Tucker

    My name is Cecilia Tucker. 

    I am a BioActivist.  I help people achieve and maintain optimal health with natural compounds that have no side effects.  I’m building a team of BioActivist so we can transform lives around out the world while sharing a naturally sourced healthy product line that helps with diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma, allergies, Lupus, MS, heart disease and obesity, just to name a few.   www.crtucker418.bebioactive.com

    I feel “The 5 Levels of Leadership” will help me to further enhance my leadership and team building skills.   This book will also increase my arsenal of and provide the additional tools needed to help me and my team of BioActivist to be successful, dynamic & profitable contributors to the lives of everyone we encounter. 

  • Aknotts40

    I first heard Mr. Maxwell speak at a conference I attended several years ago. I have been a fan every since. He spoke for over an hour and it was just Awesome. I currently hold a leadership position in Avon and I recommend his books to my team. I have read several of his books and I am looking forward to reading his new book. Mr. Maxwell makes understanding leadership simple. Mr. John C Maxwell is a inspiration to all, Thank you for sharing with the world.

  • Karen

    Our youngest son just turned 18 and is blessed with a natural ability to lead.  He has just completed his application to West Point. The best thing is that he has a passion for the Lord and wants to live with integrity whether on the football team, managing his lawn care business workers, or lifting at the gym.  He loves the book of Proberbs as he is eager for wisdom.  He is also a voracious reader.  The books he has read in the last 5 years are amazing-many classics and significant books. I know he would read, appreciate and seek to apply the insights from Mr. Maxwell.  Thanks!

  • http://www.facebook.com/crtucker418 Cecilia R. Tucker

    I am a BioActivist.  I help people achieve and maintain optimal health with natural compounds that have no side effects.  I’m building a team of BioActivist so we can transform lives around out the world while sharing a naturally sourced healthy product line that helps with diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma, allergies, Lupus, MS, heart disease and obesity, just to name a few.   www.crtucker418.bebioactive.com
    I feel “The 5 Levels of Leadership” will help me to further enhance my leadership and team building skills.   This book will also increase my arsenal of and provide the additional tools needed to help me and my team of BioActivist to be successful, dynamic & profitable contributors to the lives of everyone we encounter.

    I have 50 tickets to see Mr. John C. Maxwell and Brian Tracy at a private personal development conference taking place 4/18 – 4/22/12 for only $175. This conference is by invitation only!  Contact me a crtucker418@yahoo.com if you’d like to join me. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Paj-Xya-Hli-Xiong/1329323431 Paj Xya Hli Xiong

    First off, Wow! Thank you Michael for giving people the opportunity to get John Maxwell’s book The 5 Laws of Leadership. There are very many deserving people who have posted on your blog.  
    The title itself is what intrigued me to find out more about the book; plus John Maxwell posted it on Facebook so I followed the link.  I’m a junior in college and I don’t really have many leadership roles, mainly because I never thought I could be a good leader and afraid that I would disappoint many people. I have heard John Maxwell speak at a conference and afterwards  I wanted to change myself not just for me but for the people that I care about and make a difference in other peoples lives. I try to be involved as much as I can in school so I joined HSA (Hmong Student Association). Our club is mainly a bunch of students like me who are Hmong, a small minority of south-east Asians, we volunteer for local events in the community or at school, host fundraising events and we try to get many students involved as we can. We are like a big family not only because of our similar backgrounds but we have each other to lean on and support one another. In the 3 years that I’ve been with HSA I’ve never volunteered to be an officer for the club, but because I think that we can do so much more than what we have been doing in the past, I think its time that I at least put myself in nominations for President of the club next year.  I want the club to be able to trust in me and my abilities and I want to be the best I can be for everyone else. I know that reading this book will help me in my development; and I hope I can pass on this wisdom to the next generation of Hmong students and everyone else.

    Thank you again!

  • Jared63401

    I think John Maxwell is on the forefront of leadership thinking and integration. I’m intrigued by his new ideas and can’t wait to implement them with my team. I can see people responding to me differently on my team in all the 5 levels. Can’t wait to grow.

  • Adrian Manzanares

    As a husband, father, coach and leader, this book will fit right in my tool belt of success!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jrbk08 Bill Kingsley Jr

    I am a pastor in Vermont and am new to John Maxwell. I have a few of his books and have begun to delve into them. I need to develop the leader within and have recognized that John knows what he is talking about. I am  intrigued by this book becuase it is new information. I have never heard John talk or write about  The 5 Levels of Leadership but if it is anything like what I have read so far I can’t wait to dig-in. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy.

  • http://www.OurStoriesGodsGlory.blogspot.com Elise Daly Parker

    “He articulates the behaviors that best characterize them—and the
    downsides that can sometimes keep leaders from going to the next level.
    Perhaps most importantly, he explains how to get from whatever level you
    are now to the next one.”
    This is the line that most resonates with me. I did not set out to be a leader, however, a chain of events led me one step at a time to become a leader in a number of areas, including in ministry and a small business that incorporates writing, marketing, and branding. I have “found” myself even leading leaders at times. I want to be more intentional both in my own development and in helping others to develop. I don’t want to leave development to chance. I want to push through my own preconceived limitations and help others do the same. This book sounds like a great way to grab hold of how to move forward in leadership logically and with purpose.
    I am familiar with John Maxwell’s work. One of the first books I read on leadership was “Developing the Leader Within You.” It was recommended reading from the ministry that first saw that leadership potential in me. It offered clarity and shed light at a time when I was bumping around in the dark a bit!!

  • Sandy

    I subscribe to Minute with Maxwell and get so much out of it every day. John has a way with words and discusses leadership with a non-threatening approach that keeps you focused and wanting more. This book sounds like it’s right up my alley! Lists and bullets, short chapters to keep me engaged. I need to get to the next level and I know John can help!

  • P Manker

    John Maxwell has always been one of my favorites. Any book he has written is either in my library or on my list to add. Looking forward to his latest for words of wisdom. 

  • http://www.crtucker418.bebioactive.com Cecilia Tucker

    I am a BioActivist.  I help people achieve and maintain optimal health with natural compounds that have no side effects.  I’m building a team of BioActivist so we can transform lives around out the world while sharing a naturally sourced healthy product line that helps with diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma, allergies, Lupus, MS, heart disease and obesity, just to name a few.   www.crtucker418.bebioactive.com
    I feel “The 5 Levels of Leadership” will help me to further enhance my leadership and team building skills.   This book will also increase my arsenal of and provide the additional tools needed to help me and my team of BioActivist to be successful, dynamic & profitable contributors to the lives of everyone we encounter. 
    I have 50 tickets to see Mr. John C. Maxwell and Brian Tracy at a private personal development conference taking place 4/18 – 4/22/12 for only $175. This conference is by invitation only!  Contact me a crtucker418@yahoo.com if you’d like to join me. 

  • http://twitter.com/jamespinnick7 James Pinnick

    I’m so glad John Maxwell has been blessed with the gift of teaching. Thanks for including him on your blog and video sections! He is a man of integrity.

    Author-The Last Seven Pages

  • http://lisadelay.com/blog Lisa Colon DeLay

    Just from the limited exposure here, this feels like a throwback book …circa 1986…perhaps. And I find that, in itself, quite interesting. Is this old school now new school?

    Maybe it’s just the use of less seen words like “irrefrutable Laws, a focus on productivity, individual-centered aims, its programatic and formulaic vibe…and lest I forget the 5 P’s. 

    John Maxwell is the big time, so don’t get me wrong. He’s a veteran of the printed product and his niche. . . . A leader’s leader, if you will.

    I’m just wondering who his audience is, now that we are in a more cooperative, group leadership, community and interconnectivity social time of a late modernity or post-modern era. This could feel very foreign to people under 35. I would be interested to hear reactions from younger readers.

  • Whaleman

    Life is about opportunity and making the most of it.  I have found that sound leadership comes from first learning the right information and then the application and action of the learned knowledge.  I have been reading John C. Maxwell for the past 3 years and have a deep appreciation for his style of leadership.  I have read many of his books and have applied the principles not only in my life but into the world around me as well.  I have fought against the grain for so long; but having discovered that it starts with me and that I can make a difference this book will give me more tools in my arsenal to reach out and help those who may not have the same knowledge.  First I will read it and then I will teach others the things I have read to help them become better

  • Precy Manaloto

                                                                                                                                         October 4,2011 10:35 pm
         Hi , I am Precy Manaloto , high school teacher in World History  for 28 years.  I have been reading books written by John Maxwell and even attended  leadership seminars and training for the past  12 years  .I am very  excited to read his new book and what intrigues me most is the word pinacle….people follow because of who you are and what you represent i want to know how can they follow me  for what i am,  is  it about being  a role model ?relationship?     I want to have a copy of  this book because i  have the  passion to serve as an educator and  leader. Everything  I have  learned from John Maxwell s books were shared  to my intimate friends as well as my students in all the  classes i handle .Many were blessed as  i post/share most  of  his articles in the facebook  . I consider  Sir John as  one of my mentors  and inspiration because he  helps me a lot specially in developing  better relationships with my parents ,collegues and students . I hope and pray that i will receive this new book written by John Maxwell. Thank you very much and more power to you.

  • Michelle Poccia

    I cannot say enough about the influence Mr. Maxwell and his books have had on my life. I have all of his books. I have never seen him in person, but I receive his Word of the day in my email everyday and I feel like he is my favorite Uncle.
    I am the leader that I am today because of his influence. This book looks to be another book that will aid me in identifying who I am in the many hats I wear in life…who others are in my circle of  life…and how to best work harmoniously together to achieve in each of the areas of my life.
    Leadership is often just thought of as something that is work related. I see myself as a leader in my marriage, as a parent, as a friend, and also in business.
    John Maxwell 101, 102, 103, etc through a master degree program should be in our high schools and colleges. Think about what kind of changes could happen if this were so!
    I cannot wait to dive into this new book! Thanks for sharing the above to wet my appetite!

  • http://www.facebook.com/michaelofspirit Michael Lotfy

    I just follow history makers such as John C. Maxwell and I learn as much as I can from him to extend his genuine love for people everywhere I go. I need a copy because I live in Egypt and getting such a book here is just a dream. Thanks anyway.

    Michael – Egypt  

  • Kurt Huffman

    As a lifelong learner and leader, I am interested in the levels of leadership and hope to be able to understand the framework better than able in the bullet points.  I provide perspective to CEOs and have my own thoughts on leadership levels.  A book like this might be a good share with my CEO clients.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VA7QALZPWF67ASRH5FIGRER6DA Digesh

    We love John Maxwell because who he is.  He is leadership GURU. His books are easy to understand and we are motivated to bring change within us and around us.  I salute him from bottom of my heart. Long live John Maxwell.

  • http://www.checkmatesystem.com/?page_id=20 Mary

    I had never heard of John Maxwell but picked up one of his audio books at Cracker Barrell of all places – desperate for something – anything – to keep me awake as I drove.  I was riveted and listened to the entire book in one session (it was a long trip but still!)  Since then, I’ve tried to keep up with his writing.  I love anything he has to say!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tim-Carpenter/1565959105 Tim Carpenter

    I am a long time fan of John Maxwell and his writings.  He provides clear insight into how to add value to people and help them help themselves.  He teaches people how to fish.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tim-Carpenter/1565959105 Tim Carpenter

    Looking forward to another great read!

  • http://www.joshuajscheid.com Joshua Scheid

    The very first leadership book I ever read was The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership. As a high school sophomore at the time I read it (2001), it changed the trajectory of my learning to become a leader. Since then I have continued to pour over John’s writing if for no other reason than he effectively communicates a biblical perspective on leadership.  For me, he bridges the gap between the myriad leadership books on the market and my faith.

    My curiosity is piqued to find out how he describes moving to the pinnacle, where people follow because of who you are and what you represent. As a pastor, this is the essential goal of my leadership: that my actions match my words and it is all for the glory of God. I look forward to reading this book, hopefully sooner rather than later.

  • Akshai Daniel Kolagani

    I am a medical doctor, and also incharge of the staff motivation committee at the hospital I work.  I use quotes, online inspirational movies and books to keep the staff motivated.  I even use my facebook wall posts to our hospital group for the same.  This book would certainly help me in the above mentioned job.  At the staff meeting held last week we used the 17 essential qualities of a team player by John Maxwell.  The new book would be a great add on to the next meeting.

  • http://twitter.com/DarwinDavis Darwin Davis

    For the past 8 years Ihave been involved with a program from the Boy Scouts of Americe, called National Youth Leadership Training. In those 8 years we have had 25 to 60 youth take the course each year. While reading your blog it struck me how we, as adults, have progressed through the five levels, without even knowing it.

    The youth follow because they have to. Scoutmaster or parent sends them.
    The youth follow because they had a great experience and want to learn more. (Serve on staff).
    The youth follow because they see the training and program grow and influence others.
    The youth follow because they see our commitment to them personally. Assisting with Eagle Scout projects, attending Court of Honer .
    The youth follow because of the commitment we have made to the program. Spending time to take additional training for betterment of the program.

    All the time, going through these five levels, we show them how to have fun.

    This book intrigues me because,  recognizing that we are traveling through the five levels, we as adults never realized it. Now I would like to know what we did to get us through these levels, and ultimately share it with the youth.

    I wish I could get a free copy for each youth who serves on our staff. Teaching tomorrows leaders how to succeed in leadership while learning the ethical teachings of John Maxwell, has to have a positive influence on tomorrow.

  • Kflaherty

    I have been a huge John Maxwell fan.  I subscribe to Success Magazine, his twitter feeds and check his web site regularly.  I always look forward to his monthly article in success and love the audio CD’s with his words of wisdom. I enjoy his writings and usually take away a few great ideas I try to pass along to the staff I manage.  I would be thrilled to get his book.  If I don’t get it free, it’s on the list of books to pick up sooner then later!

  • Omololuoye Majekodunmi

    leadership intrigues me greatly because i have had the opportunity to lead in the workplace and other places and i have recorded failures a in those situations a number of times. I want to learn more about leadership so i can improve my batting average. thanks

  • Bill

    At a time when our nation is crying out, no, screaming for leadership on nearly every front, (a little less Mr. Spock, a little more Captain Kirk), I’m curious and eager to see what Mr. Maxwell  is adding to the equation.

  • Song Leader

    I have followed both Michael Hyatt and John Maxwell on Twitter for a while and find their posts invaluable.  The Lord has led me into a new adventure and I find myself in a position of leadership.  This is a ministry position and a great opportunity.  I want to make the most of this episode in my life and help those ministering with me to be the best that they can be.  I am soaking in knowledge and counsel and wisdom and praying for more.  These steps that John mentions sound like great building blocks and I need all I can get!

  • Lunas

    I have many of your books already and have followed your work for several years. I thank you everyday for your leadership, help and insights.  We even met before at a Goads function. Take care and have a great day.

  • Carla

    This sounds like a great read! I was recently promoted within my organization. 3 weeks ago I had 5 people under me and now I have over 30. It’s very exciting and also very daunting. I’m trying to read and learn and absorb as much as I can so I can become the  type of leader that I would like to work under.
    I found your blog very recently and it’s wonderful!

  • Tom Syrell

    I first learned about John Maxwell, during a mentoring session with Brian McClure of Ambit. I then had the privilege to hear him speak on putting dreams to the test in Dallas as he spoke to Ambition attendees over Labor Day weekend. It was an eye opener for me.

    As part of my business with Ambit, and my outside sales position during my day job, leadership is the most critical part of what I do. Nobody has to listen to me, but my success depends greatly on how I can motivate others to work with me. I believe that John’s new book will offer me some great insights as I continue to grow my leadership skills.

  • Berlinda Wilcox

    I am a team leader of a hostess team at my church.  We consistently lose the hostesses we recruit.  I am positive the loss has something to do with leadership skills.

    We have tried merging the teams to increase the number of hostesses per team, but the new recruits leave the teams and we end up again with a shortage.  This has been going on for approximately five years.  In addition to prayer, I know your book has the answer.

    I am most intrigued because currently the five levels of leadership is not being incorporated in our leadership skills.  I discovered those levels are the missing pieces in ourleadership team.  I am excited about the outcome of incorporating the principles of this great book.  Our leadership team needs help desperately. 

    Thank you!

  • Pastor Darren B

    As a young Pastor, I experienced two significant failures in quick-succession. John Maxwell’s book “Failing Forward” came as a breath of revitalising oxygen to me at a very difficult time. It gave me hope and a whole new way of looking at failure.  Then I read “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of  Leadership”. It was an eye-opener,  as it allowed me to see the mistakes I’d made–the Laws I’d inadvertently broken–that had contributed to my failures.  This also helped to give me some closure and a sense of inner healing. I built most of my ministry at my last church on those Laws and it made a huge difference.

    Now in my mid-40’s and facing the big mid-life questions of meaning, purpose and contribution, I want to review and build my leadership so that my last 20 years of ministry can be much more effective and fruitful for the Lord. I hope that once again, John Maxwell might be God’s man with His message at the right time for me.  

  • Cathy

    John Maxwell is by far one of my favorite authors and reading his material is energizing to me. I am leading a small team of managers (my superiors) on an initiative to build manager/employee relationships. I have taken the position that it all rises/falls on (their) leadership. Introduce the Maxwell resources! I brought this very book to the table for discussion and am anxious to facilitate a training session within our leadership team.

    I can’t wait to read this book!

  • ShubergKyle

    I would love a copy! I am a tennis pro teaching kids not only the game of tennis but life lessons. Right now we are working on lesson plans for next year and I would love to teach the kids the 5 levels of leadership and how it applies to sports.

  • Debcanhelp

    What intrigues me about John’s new book is that I have read several books of his in the past and always enjoy them and get so much out of them. I have been in a leadership role in my personal life, business life and spirtual life. However, after going through a divorce a few years ago, my confidence has been shaken. I am now on the path of taking back my life and becoming the leader that I know God wants me to be. I’ve started going back to reading again and would gain a lot of information from his new book.
    Deborah Thomas

  • Dena Tucker

    What intrigues me about this book is the fact that I was competely unaware of what a leader really is. I just assumed a leader was the person in charge. As a worship pastor I am always ‘just in charge’ but with this book I really believe I can take my worship team to the next level, and me as well. I would not only be benefiting my worship team, but my church as well. Growth starts from the inside, and my belief that in order to have growth you have to have a fully functioning leader! I can’t wait to see what direction this book will help me take!!

  • Nathan Franklin

    To be completely honest with you, I am a leader to many in my life at 23 years of age but I feel that I am a struggling leader more then people would know. I have come to grip the fact that I need as much help as I can get. I have been putting by nose into a couple of books about leadership but when I saw this link I knew that this was somethingI needed. I’m excited to get to read through it but I’m ready to grow from the place in at to reach my potential.

    • Anonymous

      I’m only a few years older than you, but I’ve felt the same way. 

      What resources do you think our generation needs to jump this hurdle?

      Mike, what do you think?

  • http://www.johnrpalmer.com John R. Palmer

    I will be honest, I had never heard of John Maxwell until I recently returned to do some graduate studies at the age of 40-something.  My very first course had “There’s No Such Thing as Business Ethics” as alternate reading – I was was hooked.  My second course had “Developing the Leader Inside You” and “Developing the Leaders Around You” – I was being surrounded by the most common sense, easy to apply, heartwarming, humourous, and USEFUL writings, ever. 

    I honestly subscribed to Success Magazine JUST to hear his monthly wisdom on the enclosed CD.  I have done my part to not only apply his teachings, but to encourage others to apply them as well.

    As a father, a leader, and a follower I truly look forward to the wisdom that comes from the pen of John Maxwell … I look forward to applying the concepts in whatever leadership or followship situation I find myself in.

    There are two things I wait on the edge of my seat for: Peter Gabriel’s music, and John Maxwell’s knowledge.  How wonderful of a month when new treats from both hit the shelves!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Derek-Johnson/100002228041272 Derek Johnson

    I have been a follower of John Maxwell for years and read many of his books.  I recently became CEO of a Christian organization and need all the help I can get.

  • likeimage

    who doesn’t like free books… besides that everything rises and falls with capable or incapable leaders… i certainly desire for things to rise under my leadership and Mr. Maxwell has helped mentor me through his books, blogs, and companies.

  • http://twitter.com/AaronSebastian7 Aaron Sebastian

    As a leader you have influence and I need to learn from others farther down the road to increase that influence effectively. I believe this book will be something that helps in that process.

  • LS

    I supervise a great team and enjoy doing it, but it seems to keep getting younger and younger. John’s principles on leadership, though, seem to transcend generational differences, or perhaps are so real and basic that they pull the generations together.  I love leading these wonderful people and look forward to reading his newest book, in hopes of getting better at what I do.

    I appreciate John’s expertise, his communication style, his humor and
    his humility.  I won’t ever be a John Maxwell, having such a widespread
    audience, but I know God wants to use me in the corner in which He’s placed me
    and I know He can use people like John Maxwell to create a positive change in me.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1284903158 Erwin Pascual

    I am a newbie in terms of managing a team from an outsourcing company here in Manila. I recently had a chance to attend a leadership bootcamp and was  captured by how John Maxwell motivates and encourages leaders to become the best of themselves for others.

    I am eager to read more of his works, understand and somehow share them to others. I would love to discover the leader I am now and how else I could improve to lead and not just manage.

  • http://twitter.com/vickinault Vicki Nault

    I have been following John Maxwell for a few years, and am very aware that it is an honor to have people who want to follow you, so of course I want to be the best possible leader I can for the people who have entrusted their future to me.

  • JoeSmith39

    Through the years I have been amazed at the way John can handle any situation. I have tried to follow his teachings because it goes so parallel to the bible belief and Jesus teaching. He will get you thinking. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/bigdaddychilds Chris Childs

    I am working in the ministry and I want to help others reach their potential for Christ.  John Maxwell is a great communicator and leader of people and I have seen him speak once and WOW…
    This book can be a game changer for all of us if we read it and put into practice the steps no matter what professional career we have.  Leadership is about helping others…because when you help other achive their goals your goals will get met in the process!

  • http://twitter.com/anshitm Anshit Mehrotra

    I am an Aircraft Engineer and also a sunday school teacher, I need guidance to be able to lead a group of children and also to lead the youth of our church. The 5 levels of leadership may very well be the catalyst I need.

  • http://twitter.com/TheChrisStasiuk Chris Stasiuk

    Leading a team is one thing. Providing leadership within an organization is something entirely different and am always glad to leverage John Maxwell’s unique perspective and ability to hit the nail on the head! The 5 Levels are just one more example.

  • Nancy

    I’m amazed at the depth of his knowledge.  There is just no stopping him and his generosity in sharing is remarkable.  Can’t read enough of his teaching.

  • http://www.facebook.com/olatona.o.jefferson Olatona Olabode Jefferson

    Ability to differentiate between Positional Leadership and complete leadership would be of great help im my perception of what True leadership is all about.This book is a must-read wether gotten for free or by buying.I wouldn’t miss an opportunity to grow and shift my paradigm about leadership for greatness.Thanks for the impact so far. 

  • http://www.calicodreams.net Mary

    I am intrigued because I find myself dreaming of being at number 5 and struggling to get past number 3.   I was just at a church retreat where these five levels of leadership were presented and discussed briefly.  I taped my notes to my bathroom mirror yesterday and saw this post today.  I would like a copy because I think God wants me to have this book.  :)

  • Clarkbbq1

    I’m in a job that I just got promoted to a manager position about 5 months ago.  The question I continue to ask myself is, “are people following because they have to, or want to?”  I would love to be the type of leader that people follow because it benefits them in their career and in their personal life.  I know of John Maxwell’s writings but have never spent much time reading him.  I am intrigued by your review of the book, as well as the high regard that my pastor has for him.

  • Nonigirl51

    Thanks for asking this question Mr. Maxwell! I’m  a leader in my church as well as my business. I’m convinced that the P’s that you’ve listed will help me to become a more effective leader for God’s kingdom and my organization! 

  • http://www.facebook.com/chris.christ1 Chris Christ

    I have read other books by John Maxwell and this one looks like a good read as well.

  • Tfmaness

    I love John Maxwell’s books. We have been discussing his leadership rules in class and I am intigued by his views. As a person struggling to successfully accomplish all my goals I would love to receive a copy of this book .    

  • Melvinmccrearyjr

    I am a leader in the community. Everyone should strive to be better. I would like to get your take and learn sone tips from you on leadership, and becoming a better laeder.

  • Steve Njeru

    Hi . I work with Church leaders in Africa developing their leadership skills through discipleship. It is not that Africa lacks leaders, but leadership skills that they can pass on. Maxwell’s books have helped us greatly and we pray that indeed Africa will be a source of inspired leaders to the rest of the world.
    Steve Njeru,
    Nairobi, Kenya.

  • Steve Schenewerk

    After more than twenty years in the same church as pastor, and more than ten years of deep community involvement at city, county and state level, I am looking for help in mentoring others to step up their involvement. God has opened multiple doors of leadership opportunity and anything Maxwell writes is worth reading. 

  • Tony L. Stone

    I am an avid follower of John C Maxwell, therefore any new work is highly anticipated. However, with that being said I am also in leadership. This book intriques me very simply because I believe I must continually grow as a person and leader if I am going to make an impact on my direct reports. I completely buy in to Maxwell’s teaching that people respect performance over position, therefore it is my goal to learn how to be as effective as I can to enhance our team as whole. I believe this book would be another step in my development.

    Tony L. Stone

  • Geoff Pound

    I’m intrigued to learn how the principles of leadership in this book might translate and fly where I live, in this Islamic and non-democratic country of the UAE.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5WQD3ECXARHSOUHQNWMBEGFN7U Cynthia

    Throughout my military career I often had difficulty leading the unwilling.  Whether it came to a group project in college or simply getting my family to commit to a day trip away on the weekend, they often resisted, despite my attempts to get them excited and take a leap of faith.  I’m hoping this book will explain, besides being a great leader, what it’s like to be a great follower too!  I honestly don’t think it is because of my lack of leadership.  For most people, I believe it all has to do with the motivational factor that must be there.  Most of the time it feels as if it’s a power struggle, yet no one else seems to have another idea or are completely apathetic.  I would LOVE to learn what I may doing wrong and how to lead difficult followers. 

  • Fanchion

    This book intrigues because I have recently stepped into a position of leadership in my church. I want to be a successful leader and effectively help people. I know this book will assist me in being the leader God has called me to be. I have seen leaders with great potential but there was something missing, therefore they never reached full potential. When I die I want to have exhausted all of my potential. I know there is greatness inside of me. I’m confident this book can help me to hone my leadership skills and max out my potential.

  • D_wattswilson

    John Maxwell’s writings and teachings are always on point and pleasant reading.  Having this  book to add to my leadership library is a wonderful opportunity.  Thank you for gifting these copies.

  • http://tonychung.ca tonychung

    I agree that John C. Maxwell is the foremost authority on leadership training. I dispute the note that The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership was his breakout book. John broke out long before with his books Developing the Leader Within You and Developing the Leaders Around You. Irrefutable was just as important as those. I first found out about that book when I stumbled onto the devotional The 21 Most Important Minutes of a Leader’s Day, based on the book.

    Since then I have read and listened to almost all of John’s books. They help me at work and at church, where I try to model leadership qualities in the absence of position. I would love to read this latest book too!

  • Philip Peters

    This is intriguing to me as I relate to Christian Ministers and leaders. I’d like to explore these five levels further within the context of a faith community.

  • http://twitter.com/darwinlopezc Darwin Lopez

    I have teach and shared the 5 level with EQUIP Ministry Material and SURGE LIDER Co. It is a great feeling to see a teaching becoming a book! Example for Leaders and pastors: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/21578733/5%20leves%20of%20leadership.pdf

    I was with Dr. Maxwell last month when He shared the 5 level and it is nowhere near the teaching of 1 hours  few years ago. In 5 hours, He when so deep and practical at the same time that we all were very amazed. I will get the book and give it away to biz leaders and pastors! They need it!In a personal level, level 3 is my challenge! I need to cross the line and become level 4  for many years! I just want to add value to people best way possible. Darwin Lopezhttp://www.johnmaxwellgroup.com/darwinlopez/

  • http://twitter.com/mikehking Mike King

    The quote “John starts with the idea that many people confuse having a leadership position with actually being a leader. He makes it clear that this only the entry point to leadership.” is what got me excited about this book.  I’m a technology-focused senior leader in a small business, and maturing my leadership has been a very different experience than maturing my technology skills.

  • http://twitter.com/SusanWhitcomb SusanWhitcomb

    I am a leader at multiple levels within my coach training company: I lead a small staff of 4 employees; a team of 10 contract workers who develop and teach curriculum; and am seen as a leadership figure within the world of career coaching.

    At first glance, it seems that the 5 levels are sequential. Others would say that people follow me because of Levels 3, 4, and 5 (Production, People Development, Pinnacle). Level 2, however, Permission, is my greatest curiosity and concern. How do I not only gain it (although I believe I have it, to a large degree), but how do I allow myself to receive it? 

    Many times, I feel that my humility prevents me from being a better leader, if that makes sense. It’s as if I need to flip the Permission piece from others-oriented to me-oriented. . . meaning, I need to give myself more permission to lead. 

    If there are insights within this book that would unlock that for me, I’d be a happy camper to receive a copy! 

    Thanks for helping people live and lead on purpose.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Colin-Holmes/100002858360447 Colin Holmes

    Having followed John C. Maxwell for more than 5 years now, I am convinced that the wisdom he has to share gets better with age.  Just as he says “Leadership develops daily, not in a day” I believe that it is vital for me to continue to grow myself daily to affect change with those I lead. 

    John, thank you for the opportunity to be lead by you so that I can lead others better; that I not take advantage of people by being a positional leader but that I live out the Five Levels of Leadership by intentionally building relationships with those I lead.

    Michael, I understand you and John are good friends so thank you for giving me the opportunity to grow deeper through the Five Levels of Leadership.

    Colin A. Holmes
    Miramichi, NB CANADA

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Colin-Holmes/100002858360447 Colin Holmes

    Having followed John C. Maxwell for more than 5 years now, I am convinced that the wisdom he has to share gets better with age.  Just as he says “Leadership develops daily, not in a day” I believe that it is vital for me to continue to grow myself daily to affect change with those I lead. 
    John, thank you for the opportunity to be lead by you so that I can lead others better; that I not take advantage of people by being a positional leader but that I live out the Five Levels of Leadership by intentionally building relationships with those I lead.
    Michael, I understand you and John are good friends so thank you for giving me the opportunity to grow deeper through the Five Levels of Leadership.
    Colin A. Holmes
    Miramichi, NB CANADA

    • Anonymous

      Colin, if you had to recommend one Maxwell book for a newbie like me to read, what would it be?

  • Cara Nicklin

    I have been waiting for this book to be released since John spoke about it at the Chick-Fil-A Leadercast in May 2011. I am currently in a “middle management” position in the service industry and would love to reach the Pinnacle level of Leadership and be able to document the changes on me, my team, and our organization along the way.

  • Anonymous

    Very interesting. I am the cynical child and grandchild of well respected pastors and missionaries. I have seen Position leadership used over and over again, and it really frustrates me. Although position leadership isn’t a bad thing, I am definitely eager to see the other four explained (and I’m interested, though less eager, to see the positive sides of position leadership).

  • Wendy Claussen

    I am a professor of education preparing our future educators for their classrooms. I try my best to lead by example so I try to ‘brush up’ on my leadership skills as often as possible. I have read other books by John and I appreciate his writing style, and mostly I appreciate his love of Christ. His book would supply me with more insight on HOW to be a better leader at my university along with keeping Christ as my foundation! I also give presentations to elementary principals state wide. The information in this book will give me assistance on how to be a better Godly role model for these important leaders in our schools!

    Thanks for this opportunity! :-)

    Wendy Claussen

  • Gary

    I am in the process of putting together a new leadership course at our church.  I have used John’s materials in the past and they have been a tremendous help.  We made extensive use of “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership”.  I was not aware of John’s new book until now so I certainly want to see it and incorporate it into our new class.  I am anxious to see what new concepts John is sharing in this book.  

    On a personal note, several  years ago I was at my wits end in leading my church.  I received a mailingfrom a man by the name of John Maxwell.  I had never heard of him, but I couldn’t throw the advertisement away.  I ended up registering for his seminar in Houston and a whole new world opened up for me. 

  • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

    I’ve been excited for this book for quite some time. It’s been fun following John’s level teasers on his blog. This could be of great help in going to the next level in my position of leadership.

    BTW, John’s last book, Everyone Communicates, Few Connect, was an awesome read and I recommend it to anyone looking to expand their influence.

  • http://twitter.com/suzibest Susan Best

    As an Independent Sales Director with Mary Kay, I am always looking for ways to improve my leadership as well as equip those that I have the privilege of leading.  Dr. John Maxwell has been a tremendous mentor through his books, messages and CDs.  I am always thrilled to read his books and share the lessons with others.   I am looking forward to learning more about leadership and helping others reach their goals and dreams.

  • http://barrypearman.blogspot.com/ Barry Pearman

    I have loved reading John Maxwell material for many a year and this principle of the 5 levels of leadership has been one of those concepts that has really just stuck in my brain.

     I have observed it in my own leadership and observed in the leadership of others. I suppose a guiding principle is that when respect is demanded or expected by the leader then the leader is moving down the staircase towards ‘power over’ control. When respect is given to the leader freely, unexpectedly and takes them by surprise it means they are moving up the staircase towards ‘power with’ freedom. 

    This is one book I have been waiting for a very long time and want to see how it can apply in the varying areas where I lead. 

  • JO

    I believe this book would give me an insight that I may have been missing or overlooking to get to the next level in leading myself to be a better leader. I have read numerous books and this book by Mr. Maxwell may be written in such a way that will help me see leadership with more depth and clarity. Mr. Maxwell puts perspective in such a way that simplifies concepts to make it easier to digest while reading and practical for immediate application.

  • Gladys4j2006

    Good day sir Maxwell;
    So excited to know that your latest book is now available, I am waiting and believing to have one and be able to learn more in these area of knowing inspite of being one of the leaders in my local church. What caught my attention is the stage and level of leadership the way it was enumerated and its importance to step and move forward and go to the next level that really connect from one step to another. It’s not just plane studying and learning..but applying it is i guess the hardest things.
    Sir, thanks a lot if i will have the priveleged of having a copy of it. More Wisdom and Knowledge from God that we people who love your writings may benifits more as we follow.

    UN SALUDO En nombre de Jesu Cristo y Bendiciones!!!

  • Mikeandkarlyb

    Too many leadership ideas focus on leadership as a position of prominence. You haven’t arrived until you’re “leading”. Too many people pursue leadership for the notoriety that comes with a position. 
    Maxwell makes it known that leadership requires a serve-first focus and a desire to shape and influence others. It’s not a me-first endeavour.This book attracts my attention because it is a people-oriented book aimed at serving and influencing others. It’s not about what I can gain from this for my own good and development, it’s about finding good tools that will help me serve better and influence more positive change in the lives of the people in my circle of influence.

  • @LeaveTheGround

    Currently reading Today Matters… again. 21 Irrefutable Laws is the book that taught me the most about Leadership. I’d love to read Maxwell’s new book to build on that knowledge & real world experience. I’ve had the pleasure to meet John several times in the past (once he took my daughter out of my wife’s hands & carried her around the room for 5 mins while greeting other guests), He is such a genuine man.

  • Milton Hockmuth

    1 Quality, that is needed for Success is a MENTOR, with Leadership Character’s! Leadership ideas to be successful includes Reading, Teaching, and Applying  Concept’s of Leadership. What a Great Idea to Read about 5 Levels Of Leadership Success Principle’s by  Author John C. Maxwell. As a Winner in Your Last Book Giveaway this is a great opportunity also for some great Advertising/Networking for both John C. Maxwell and Michael Hyatt.    

  • SdeQ

    I have heard John Maxwell speak in person.  He always delivers a valuable message.  I’m looking forward to reading his latest on leadership.

  • Elizabeth

    I have a heart for the youth and I am very eager to learn how to minister to them and meet their needs.

  • Anonymous

    What intrigues me most about the book is John’s way of defining distinctions between the different levels of leadership. He has been defining these lines quite well for a long time. I enjoy every one of his books. All them have a lot of good information. John is often personable in his presentation as well.

    Obtaining a copy of this book would help me greatly in the role I am filling at a family ministry. We will be teaching families the importance of leading their children, other family members and friends. I see this book as essential to the core of the teaching. It would be a great blessing to those families that would be ministered to. God only knows how much pain and heartache it would help these families to avoid. That it what I strive for. Using wisdom to help people avoid pain.

    Thank you for your time and effort!

  • Ebony Scott

    “My life shall touch a dozen lives
    Before this day is done.”- John C. Maxwell

    Everyday I’m presented with the opportunity to touch someones life and lead employees and coworkers within the organization I work for.  I have been working on implementing leadership training for supervisors and managers.  I have shared a wealth of the knowledge that Dr. Maxwell has shared with us in his books with them.  I love to have a copy of this book to read and continue sharing the wisdom God has blessed Dr. Maxwell with and that he continues to share.  I take the principals that he talks about and put them to heart and use and so are the supervisors and managers.

  • Anonymous

    I love John Maxwell’s books. We have been discussing his views on leadship in class and I find them very intriguing and thoughtful. As a person struggling to successfully accomplish all my goals I would love to receive a copy of this book.     

  • Kevin

    In 1998, our church class reviewed the 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership.  At the time, I was a new leader with just a couple of years of team leadership under my belt.  The sessions were particularly helpful to me.  Since then, over the past 13 years, I’ve had the great blessing to advance in leadership, and grow personally and professionally.  Now, I have less experienced and less seasonsed leaders who report to me — and i continue to be challenged to mentor, coach and provide guidance to them in their own leadership journey.  I’m certain this book would be a terrific asset in that process.  I’m looking forward to reading John’s book and being able to “pay it forward” to my leaders.  

     Thanks, Michael, for providing this opporutnity. 

  • Valerie Bishop

    I’m so excited that John has decided to release another book on Leadership. I Love applying the 21 Laws of Leadership to ministry with students and serving God’s church! Can’t wait to dig in and learn  more Godly principles to GREAT GODLY LEADERSHIP! Thanks John for passing on wisdom learned!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jsross.zentropist Jonathan S. Ross

    Having read some of John Maxwell’s earlier works, I find his thoughts and approaches to the issue of leadership to be both well-considered and actionable for those who truly understand that being in a position of authority does not automatically confer the ability to lead, or in some cases, even to competently manage. 

    In my consulting practice, I tend to work with lone entrepreneurs, start-ups and early stage companies, as well as more mature organizations, which allows me to observe different styles and approaches to leadership. I find that many people who consider themselves to be “good leaders” are actually not, and often are incredibly disconnected and unaware of how their subordinates actually view them. I also feel that many of the issues currently facing us as a society are brought about by poor, self-serving (and self-dealing) leadership masquerading as benevolent concern for others, at both political and corporate levels. Hopefully the work of people such as John Maxwell and those of us who seek to emulate the approach he advocates (whether we do so because we’ve instinctively or intuitively learned to do so through our own experiences or because we’re embodying his lessons.

    At the end of the day, the one thing I believe a leader cannot afford to be is a hypocrite; you lead from the front, and if you want to reap the rewards, you must also be willing to reap the criticism and possible setbacks and even failure.

    As a Marine Corps Officer Candidate Instructor had taught me two decades ago, “You can delegate your authority, but you can never delegate nor abdicate your responsibility and accountability.”

    Too bad more “leaders” don’t live their lives according to this view…

  • Dada

    Good day Mr. Michael Hyatt!
    thank you for giving us the opportunity to have a free book from Mr. John Maxwell. You add value to our lives. I considered you as one of the best writer and your e-book life plan helped me a lot to achieve my goals in life.
    Leadership is very important in my career as a registered nurse.  this book will greatly changed my outlook on how to be a leader.  thank you very much and may GOD bless you always.   

  • Michelle Green

    I’m intrigued about leadership. I’ve been studying leadership for over the past 15 years. I believe that leadership, all types, is needed for success in any area of life. As long as people are involved, leadership is the DIFFERENCE between winning and losing. As a servant leader, I’m looking forward to learning more about how to apply the 5 levels of leadership in my organizations and businesses. In one role/title, the best leaders have to be able to operate and excel in each level at the same time. I have multiple leadership levels not multiple personalities.

  • Lisa

    I would love a copy of The 5 Levels of Leadership: Proven Steps to Maximize Your Potential
      because my potential definitely needs to be maximized! And who better to learn from then John Maxwel. His messages are clear, powerful & filled with deep wisdom and lots of humor. I always feel that he is speaking directly to me. I can’t get enough of his wisdom.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=778684258 Kelley Busbee

    This book intrigues me because I am discovering leadership
    is really all around us. I have recently come to the realization that although
    I am in my mid-30’s, I haven entered into a new kind of “Tween” era
    of my life.  Meaning I still have much to learn from my elders, however,
    there is an expanding sense of urgent responsibility to pass on the knowledge
    and to model the knowledge to those my junior.
    I want a copy of the book to continue clarifying the concept
    and understanding of the meaning to be a leader and how to pass the leadership
    quality on to others.

  • http://twitter.com/cnirish Carl Irish

    John Maxwell’s 5 levels of leadership is a concept I was first introduced to when I read “Developing the Leader Within You.”  As I strive to climb those levels of leadership, I would love the opportunity to see it further expanded upon in this book for my own development but also in developing those leaders around me.

  • Kay wilson

    Hi Michael,  
    I have a small business that I am able to work from home, however I have felt that I am not the strong leader that I need to be.  John Maxwell will allow all of us to become better leaders.  “If you are a leader and you look behind you and no one is following, you are only taking a walk in the park”, I would love to have John Maxwell’s new book so this does not become my mantra.  Thank you for your generous offer.

  • Tim

    John Maxwelll has long been a thought leader when it comes to leadership.  My observation is that there is too little leadership, too much management and virtually no coaching in corporate America.  I welcome Mr. Maxwell’s ideas and look forward to reading his new book.


  • http://www.facebook.com/RandolphWolf Randy Wolf

    Today we need leaders who can lead.  We have so many leaders in waiting, waiting to be developed to their full potential.  Without the proper knowledge we are merely duplicating the same flaws with in ourselves.  To develop leader that will move us to the next level we need knowledge from other.  Like it has been said, “it takes a village to raise a child”.  It takes a group of qualified mentors to raise successful leaders.  This is why I welcome this book as a qualified voice(mentor) to add to the other voices developing leaders, which I can use to make qualified leaders of this next generation.

  • http://www.NECConline.org Pastor

    I would like to have a copy of the book to get some practical suggestions about how to move from one level of leadership to the next.  This specfic area of leadership intrigues me because I desire to have influence that comes from who I am and what I represent.

  • Bgeisler

    Working on a training program on leadership.  And the Fundamental Laws of Teamwork was a personal favorite of mine.

  • Scott

    I’m curious to read how Maxwell squeezes leadership into five levels. It seems to me that, from a psychological perspective, elements of coercive power would filter into all levels.


  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=778684258 Kelley Busbee

    This book intrigues me because I am discovering leadership
    is really all around us. I have recently come to the realization that although
    I am in my mid-30’s, I haven entered into a new kind of “Tween” era
    of my life.  Meaning I still have much to learn from my elders, however,
    there is an expanding sense of urgent responsibility to pass on the knowledge
    and to model the knowledge to those my junior.

    I want a copy of the book to continue clarifying the concept
    and understanding of the meaning to be a leader and how to pass the leadership
    quality on to others.

  • Dalton Saunders

    Based on the summary post, I think the 5 levels of leadership are a good thinking model. A quick refecltion probably puts my leadership level between Production and People Development. It will be interesting to see how to get to the next level.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=645305106 Martin TheVisionary Kirksey

    I admire John Maxwell not only because he’s a man of faith, but because he provides us with tools to step into our purpose.  Being an educator in an urban school environment and stay abreast of all the changes and current trends in education, it is apparent that we are still “waiting on superman”.  What better time than the present to raise up a strong cohort of leaders to take our educational system, and thus, our world, to the next level.  As I reflect on the state of education, it is true what Mr. Maxwell teaches, that everything rises and falls on leadership.  I have been tremendously blessed by the works and mentorship of John Maxwell, which are preparing as I take the next step in my career in educational leadership.

    From the moment I picked up Leadership 101 (AWESOME work, I was hooked on this) which mentioned the 5 levels of leadership, then I heard that Mr. Maxwell was dedicating a book specifically to the 5 levels, I knew I had to have this book.  Simply put, I’m not satisfied with being at a certain level in life and not experiencing any growth, especially when there are tools like The 5 Levels of Leadership available, and I want to be a blessing to others along the way.  It would be a privilege to have Mr. Maxwell’s newest book!


  • Hisladyj

    The simplicity with which he teaches is so awesome and anointed.As a follower of Mr.Maxwell I know this has got to be good. I have watches the little bit from Chik Fila and have already started using it and more to help a new supervisor

  • kay

    John Maxwell is  a gifted leader. Really enjoyed listening to him recently speak on Attitude. The books he has written are so imformative and great to read. He inspires you on changing and challenging those around you to do the same.

  • Brett Rachel

    Our company has a leadership development track where the owners select a book for the directors and executive directors to read and discuss. As a start-up company entering our fourth year, growth has been incredible in both service and employees. This leadership book would be an excellent addition. I’ve passed a few of the other Maxwell books around for my co-leaders to read over the years (my personal favorite is Life@Work) and I would enjoy getting a free copy of The 5 Levels of Leadership. Once I share what I’ve been learning, I’m sure they’ll make this our next book to read. Thanks for offering!

  • http://www.facebook.com/garry.roth Garry Roth

    I’ve always been a fan of John Maxwell’s writings and presentations.  His style is easy to follow and so that everyone can easily grasp his concepts.  I look forward to reading his latest work!

  • Kenny

    Hello I am a Young College student I’ve been leading the music department at my church since I graduated high school and I found that leadership is essential to taking a team to a level of excellence. This book is intriguing to me because I’ve been really devouring leadership books by John C Maxwell lately and I would love to dive into this one and see what it has to offer! On a side note I cant recall ever winning anything like this so just being chosen would be amazing! 

  • Ddusko

    To become a better leader you have to invest in yourself from the leaders in the industry and John Maxwell being one of them..Thanks to you both for the opportunity to invest in ourselves and be the best we can be.

  • Erick Stocchero

    A couple months ago I took over as lead pastor of a new church plant in Brazil. I am 29 yrs old and understand that leadership is vital to the growth and development of my ministry.  I have a lot to learn, so with that being said, the 5 levels of leadership will be an extremely helpful tool for my new position.  Thanks. 

  • Latasha Hendrickson

    I love John’s work and I am excited about reading this new book.  I’m looking forward to using it as a starting point for where I can grow to be both professionally and as a Christian leader. I’m intrigued to find out why he defines the 5 levels the way he does and how to move on to the next level leadership. I’m looking forward to seeing how I can apply these principles in my church as well as in my career.
    Thanks, Michael for this opportunity.

    LaTasha H.

  • http://profiles.google.com/wiechmann.m Melissa Wiechmann

    I like John Maxwell as his version of leadership falls along similar moral guidelines as my own.  It’s virtually assured that I will learn many new and useful things from “The 5 Levels of Leadership”.

  • http://www.jonstallings.com Jon Stallings

    I have been a John Maxwell fan for years. I would love to have a copy of the book since it goes beyond just leadership theory and includes specific steps to go from one level to the next.

  • http://twitter.com/DesignMattersAR DesignMatters

    As a business owner and newly elected leader of a local networking organization, I find this information to be incredibly valuable. I had the joy of hearing Mr. Maxwell at this year’s Chick-Fil-A leadercast event. Very inspiring.

  • Anonymous

    I just turned 56 years old and realize that I am in my last “quarter” of life and ministry.  My goal is to finish stronger and be more effective than ever before.  I have several of John’s other books which have been a blessing to me.  I’m also in the process of becoming a certified coach which will enable me to leave a legacy of my life experience with the next generation.  As John so aptly puts, “Sucess is leaving a succcessor behind you.”  This book would serve as another valuable tool in helping me to help others!

  • Jerdmenger

    I want a copy because is very important to increase our influence with each person. One intrest iasue of thia book ia to learn to know in what level Im in each relantionship

  • Ricky

    I am intrigued by this book because I aspire to be a leader one day.  I have been in leadership roles before on a small scale and I would love to read this book and gain more insight into what it takes to be a leader on a much bigger scale.  No one is better than learning about leadership than John Maxwell.  I am yearning to make a difference in the lives of others and I know this is possible through leadership.

  • Eric Campbell7500

    I have just stepping in to a Leadership role and want to be able to take my abilities to the next level

  • http://twitter.com/talon2king Josh King

    Question: What intrigues you about this book and why do you want a copy? 
    I feel that being a leader is paramount in today’s world. With so many followers being led blindly astray we need as many people to step into leadership roles as we can get. Personally, I am a Staff Sergeant in the US Air Force and leadership is preached at every turn in one’s career. However, being in the military for 8 years has helped form some good leadership characteristics but has also made examples of bad characteristics. I am wanting to use whatever extra possible tools I can to help shape who I am as a leader. I am feeling called to leave the military itself and start a new mission aviation ministry to serve Christ and those who have yet to hear him. With this, leadership is key and having the background that this book provide – great leadership skills, insights, and strong foundation in Christ and the Bible – can help mold me to who God needs me to be, not necessarily to who I want to be.  This book I feel can be just one more extra tool to provide insight to those who need mentoring in leadership. Thank you for this opportunity and I pray that even if I do not get the book that God will lead you to choose the right people who will be blessed by it’s message.

  • Edi Balian

    I like the words FAST READ.

    I recently read a book which was 220 pages long and it could have been written in under 75pages.

    Seth Godin also talked about this paradigm shift.

    Let’s get rid of repetitive and long winded books and move towards 100 pages.

    Concise. Clear. Compelling.

    I believe will get better results.


  • http://twitter.com/barishgolland Barish Golland

    I went through a leadership training program using John Maxwell’s book The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership in Istanbul, Turkey, as part of a ministry training program in a small house church context. This book was helpful in developing my then non-existent leadership skills, and I later went on to lead that church for seven years and continued to refine these skills. I now work in full-time ministry in Vancouver, B.C. I’m excited to see how Maxwell’s thoughts on leadership have developed since his 21 Irrefutable Laws.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/carina.brunson Carina A. Wyant Brunson

    I would like to be a Pinnacle leader and believe that I could be. I think, depending on the person’s perspective, I am a different kind of leader to several people, even within the same business. I have different leadership styles as well from work, home and church. I think learning more about how to achieve the type of leader we want to be is crucial to how good our leadership is and how we are seen by others. I don’t really want people to follow me because they have to. I want others to see me a little differently than that. I want them to at least want to follow me, but would really love for them to follow me because of who I am, especially at church and home.

  • http://twitter.com/Adgenius Rob van Alphen

    I am working as a Social Business Consultant helping companies transform & prepare themselves for the changed environment to not let their online presence become a Face(book)lift. This is mostly about internal organization optimization. Change management & employee centricity is crucial in this process. Management has a crucial role in transforming to a social business, which is why this book about leadership interests me.

    It is a topic of which I would love to learn more about since it can help me in personal development as well. I am as well intrigued by related topics such as entrepreneurship & motviation, of which I recently created a presentation: http://www.slideshare.net/Advertisinggenius/a-story-on-motivation

    If I don’t win the book, I’ll buy it.

  • Kenyetta Kinney

    Leadership today is a role to which we all have a privilege in playing consistently. This book will help effectively guide the leader within.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1318834879 Dennis Preston

    I’ve read many of John’s books as well as others’ books on leadership. I see John as the “go to” guy on the subject, so anything he writes is worthwhile, and I often evaluate others’ writings by his. What intrigues me is how John’s had both success in both ministry and business, and that his leadership teachings work well in either. So, I’m looking forward to reading this book, to learn how to better influence those I deal with in the business world.

  • http://bobruns.blogspot.com/ Bob Allen

    One of my responsibilities with our organization is developing leaders, both our own personnel and among the nationals with whom we work. Many of our existing leaders operate out of level one — positional leadership. I would like to figure out how to help existing leaders move beyond that level and how to help potential leaders develop more fully. I’m intrigued to see what he says about moving from one level to the next levels.

  • Mark E.

    As I glance at my bookshelf I notice that I can see at least 16 titles under John Maxwell’s authorship.  What intrigues me about the Five Levels of Leadership is the consolidation of elements of many of the principles found through Maxwell’s other works in one conventient volume.  Foundational pieces create the backbone for Becoming a Person of Influence and continue to send nerve endings through the rest of the body of his work. 

    I look forward to seeing how the accumlation of experiences and the passage of time has shaped and reshaped the application of these principles while proving the integrity of the observations. 

  • jerdmenger

    I’m from Guatemala, and i think that this book is very useful to learn to know in what level we are in every relationship, and up the level.  

  • Cesarifico

    I just downloaded this books iPhone app to determine the level of leadership you are at. It was sobering to see that I am in the first level while hoping for a higher level. I will read this book and use it to work hard at climbing up this ladder.

  • Oscar Castellanos

    What’s intriguing about this book is that teaches that there are levels of leadership, leadership is not title,a name, a recognition in our lives. Leadership is not about you and me is about the others. Every leader started adding value to the lives of others, leadership is not selfish, leadership is serventhood. It’s important to understand that not everyone is in the same level of leadership but there are steps that we need to give,understand,apply and live in order to achieve the next level. We all have gifts from God and they can only be develope to the maximum with the right purpose,right intention,right attitude,right reasons and a book like this is what we need to realize that we all have a leadership spirit but the spirit of leadership is the one that will help us get all the people throughout the five levels of leadership, through LIFE. I want this book because I work with people who have lost their identity, their value, their family,marriage and that do not know the Lord. My desire is that they all get to know the greatest leader of all times, Jesuschrist…..thank you.

  • Steve

    As a younger leader working with youth through sports, it’s important that I be able to share with them the value they have and the leaders they are, whether they realize it or not.  Anything that I can read and learn from to add value to the youth I work with would be awesome! 

  • Jessica Forquer

    I was just at our annual Keller Williams Realty MegaCamp and Dianna Kokoszka was talking about the 5 levels of leadership and how everything rises and falls on leadership. Most people believe that having a title makes them a leader, but in fact it does not.  The 5 levels of leadership is a gameplan and a roadmap to becoming a leader.  It will help give you a clear picture to tell you where each person is in their leadership quest.

  • Michelle Cousins

    As a single parent of two teenage children I have been thinking about why I can be considered a leader outside of my home and yet not “in my home”. I am constantly asked for my opinion or point of view in my areas of expertise (it’s amazing and humbling all at the same time) from those I know and from those that I may have made somewhat of a lasting first impression. However, my children respond to my advice as if I am a politician that is baby kissing for votes -in other words…insincere. In this very different stage of motherhood I am really learning that “familiarity breeds contempt”and that my children have a one-dimensional perspective of me. Or I may just TALK TOO MUCH!

    Desiring to become a better teacher I often seek out wisdom from those who are where I want to be and John Maxwell is such a leader. My delivery and comunication skills can always be enhanced and I find that I need to be in close proximity to those I want to emulate…and if not them, their work.

    So I would love to receive a FREE copy of this new manuscript on LEADERSHIP.

  • jason

    Time for me to lead… interesting how that happens. Appreciate the opportunity to glean from the book.

  • http://twitter.com/DrewPeterson2 Drew Peterson

    As an aspiring church planter and leader, this book will well equip to lead in the future. I believe that Maxwell’s 5 levels of leadership will give me a better understanding of how I should lead a large group of people. He is “the man” when it comes to leadership. And I’d love the opportunity to learn from him! 

    Thanks for this opportunity!

  • David Adeola

    The 5 points seems simple but if we are able to master this seemingly simple steps we would get far ahead in our leadership.  I would like a copy for nos 4 & 5.
    People Development—People follow because of what you have done for them personally.Pinnacle—People follow because of who you are and what you represent.

    I believe this forms a very key area why these two can define you

  • Reveryn1966

    I have been a small church part time bi-vocasional) ( what ever that means) for the past 20 years.  I remember reading about the 5 levels of leadership in John Maxwells’ book developing the leader within you.  I thought that is a fantastic way of detailing the effectiveness of any one leading.  I know by having the entire book of wwhat was described in a few pages will be of great persoanl help to my leadership development.

  • http://twitter.com/ibnabeeomar ibn abee omar

    I first came across the 5 levels in Maxwell’s book developing leaders within you/around you. I thought that it was a profound way of looking at it, and I actually turned it into a blog series aimed and transferring this knowledge to Islamic organizations as well: http://www.muslimsi.com/series/joining-a-dawah-organization-leadership-levels/ i’m excited that another book is coming out that’s going to delve into these in great detail and I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy so that I may benefit from it, and review it and share the teachings as well. 

  • Josh

    As a music minister at my first church, I am always looking for books and resources that will help me develop my leadership abilities. I have not yet read any of John Maxwell’s materials, though I have a couple of his books in my library. Your assertion that this book is where I should start with Maxwell intrigued me…I am looking forward to reading it.

  • http://www.perryholley.com Perry Holley

    Like you, the greatest leadership learning’s in my life have come from Dr. Maxwell. His message is always clear and easy to apply. I have read of the 5-Levels for a while and I am looking forward to learning how to apply them and move myself and others between them.

  • http://twitter.com/ajpodchaski Alex Podchaski

    I have read a lot of John Maxwell’s books, and have been a student of leadership for a long time. I work at a school and run a youth ministry as a volunteer, and am always trying to find a way to inspire and show young people what it means to be a leader, not just do leadership. Anyone can have a position, but it is what you do with the position that counts. I will definitely read it once I get a chance, and it will most likely find its way into both my personal and ministerial life.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steve-St-Clair/100002116137767 Steve St Clair

    Even though I am no longer working I would love to read your new book.  For 15 years I was the manager of the accounting department of our local hospital and then I finished my career as the treasurer of our local school district.  For over 20 years I was in a leadership role.  Sometimes I wonder if I did things the right way or the wrong way or a combination of the two.  When I was younger and growing up in the Lancaster. OH area,  I used to attend services at Faith Memorial Church.  I remember my father (a UMC Pastor now deceased) and I would often attend Sunday evening services at Faith Memorial.  I would consider it an honor to receive a copy of your new book.

  • http://twitter.com/JustinDBaker Justin Baker

    As a church leader, it seems that I find myself hovering at all these different levels all the time with the various people that come and go through our ministry. Learning more about these levels I hope to be a more effective leader.

  • http://www.facebook.com/steveryoung Steve Young

    Having read a lot of Maxwell’s books, I’m intrigued to see how it all fits together under the “5 Levels” model.  I have a feeling the book will serve as a bit of a mirror for me to see where I currently am and where I need to go in my leadership journey! I’m excited for the challenge to take some next steps with this book as a very helpful guide!  Thanks for the offer Michael!!


  • Francis Klees

    I am intrigued by the way fyouI can develop myseif and others through leadership.  I am new to the concept of servant leadership andwould find a copy of your book a great addition to my reading list! 

  • http://twitter.com/jemorycampbell jason e campbell

    I heard John Maxwell speak at the most recent Chick-fil-a Leadercast and his introduction of the 5 levels of leadership was excellent. I would love to learn more details about the 5 levels and how to incorporate them into my professional life as an IT manager and in my personal life as a husband and father of 5 boys.

    Leaders are readers. Leaders read books about leadership (among many other topics). I am a leader. I am a reader. I would be honored to receive a copy of Mr. Maxwell’s book.

    Thank you for this opportunity,

    Jason E. Campbell

  • Royce

    I am joining the Navy and would like to learn more about leadership so I can lead in a more effective way. I have heard a lot of good things about Maxwell and would like to read him for myself.

  • Chuck Mcinturf

    I am the associate pastor of a church in Shreveport, LA, and have served this church for 21 years. Our pastor is nearing retirement and the church has voted that I will replace him as pastor. As you can imagine, it will not be easy to follow a great man who has faithfully served his church for so long. To be honest, the thought following this godly man is intimidating. I will suddenly be given responsibility to lead the church and church leaders. I would like a copy of the book because I trust it will give me tools and ideas for my upcoming ministry opportunities.

    Thank you

    • Anonymous

      Praying for you.  I’m in a similar situation.

      • Chuck Mcinturf

        I will pray for you too, Karl. What a daunting task we have trying to step into another man’s shoes, carry on the vision of the church, and yet be ourselves as we lead the church. I don’t know about you, but I’m resolved to take on the task on my knees in prayer! 

        • Anonymous


  • Terp89

    I am a leader, although sometimes I would say a reluctant leader.  I am always looking for tools for my toolbox and trying to stay FAT – faithful, available and teachable.  I need to take it to the next level with an outstanding teacher in John Maxwell. 

  • Tammy

    “Leadership is a verb”–  a challenging thought and one that matches the leadership points of #4 and #5 above… I agree that so many think of leadership as a position and I know too many who  try to impose their authority simply because they hold a position, instead of seeking to serve and care for those who are under their leadership. I’d love to understand more about these levels of leadership and how one moves from entry point of position to eventually arriving at pinnacle. Sounds like a great read from a seasoned leader. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/hurrah Andrew Lau

    I’m a junior in college and I just started serving on the leadership team at my college fellowship. I’ve never served as a leader anywhere, including Christian organizations, and I have been a little nervous this past month and still am now. I recently began following John Maxwell’s site and read about the 5 levels of leadership and am intrigued by it. I’ve read the summaries of all 5 levels and it seems really awesome and fulfilling to reach that 5th level. I would want a copy of this book to learn more about them and be able to attain the 5th level to use that position ultimately for the glory of God.

    Thanks so much, Michael, for keeping this leadership blog. It has helped me quite a bit and I am super blessed for these posts

  • Andrew Evans

    What intrigues me most about this book is that it is a more in-depth look at the levels of leadership and influence we all operate in.  I have used this concept in the youth ministry classes I teach and I would love a copy of this book so that I can enhance what I teach and take the students deeper into their understanding of leadership.

  • Anonymous

    When I was a junior in college, I was moving from one position of leadership to another on campus and our leadership team had us read Developing the Leader Within You, and it is the first time that I read about John Maxwell’s leadership ladder. It impacted me then, and I have used it over the years in training other’s in leadership skills. I would love to read this book as I feel that I am at a crossroads in my life with the direction that God has for me and how that plays out into my leadership style.  Thanks for the opportunity to grow more in this area.

  • http://www.faithfulchoices.com Paula

    Quite frankly, I just love anything written by John Maxwell.  I consider him my online mentor.  I listen to his minute with Maxwell, am finishing reading “Everyone Communicates but not Everyone Connects” and simply want to absorb everything he puts out.  By taking internalizing what he offers and learning from this amazingly generous man, I hope to grow and become a bit more like him. 

  • Anonymous

    I believe if your not reading your not learning. I want to continue to learn and develop as a leader. I feel that I’m close on many levels but far off on others. I think this book would be a great addition to my reading list. John Maxwell is Leadership I feel. 

  • http://golfwisdomlife.com Larry Galley

    I am familiar with John Maxwell’s work and respect it a great deal.  My interest in receiving a copy of “5 Levels…” is founded in my desire to grow and become a better mentor to those who have invited me into their lives.  Thanks for your consideration.  Larry Galley

  • Ralph

    I look forward to reading this book as I have all of his books. My children are teenagers and I am wanting to better develop my ability to get them to do the right thing, because it is the right thing to do instead, of because I said so.

  • Personalbest22

    I have already bought 5 copies to give away to my high school students. As John often says, “Don’t wait until you get into a leadership position to read one of my books, read them now so when you get a position, you’re ready.” As a high school teacher, I see massive potential in our young people to lead, they just need to encouragement and teaching. Think of how a young person’s self perspective will be elevated when a teacher gives them a book on leadership. If this person believes in me, then I should believe in me. And so it begins. As John says, “Everything rises and falls on leadership.” I want to raise our young people up the the pinnacle.

  • http://twitter.com/kprichardson84 Kent Richardson

    I love the idea of an entry point. Leadership is a journey and all of us start somewhere. But we don’t just stay there! John Maxwell continues to help leaders learn, grow and move to the next level in their leadership. As a young leader, I’m interested in having a road map to guide my development as a leader. I hope to go through this book with my mentoring group this fall.

  • Amathews

    I would like to read this book bc I am in a position of leadership as a hs teacher and soccer coach. I am responsible for shaping hundreds of young minds each year. I want to be a leader bc of who I am not bc I am just in their life. I believe this book will lead me discover how to lead more effectively in the classroom and on the field

  • http://twitter.com/rlknuth Rebecca K.

    This book intrigues me, because I think it will help me to become a better leader in my organization

  • http://twitter.com/debhopper Debbie Hopper

    Love John Maxwell and his wisdom.  Particularly interested in point#4 on People Development.  Leading women in a mega-church, I always need a fresh look at how to encourage, edify and enrich our leaders.  Here’s hoping you’ll choose me since I’m low on budget $$ in the Resource category. (did I mention how much I like following you on Twitter?)

  • Racdrebing

    I have enjoyed and learned so much from John’s other books; I look forward to his further mentorship.

  • David Aubrey

    Hi Mike, You’re kidding, right? Why would anyone be intrigued by a book by John Maxwell that breaks down leadership into 5 levels all starting with the letter “P”? As a business and church leader I would postulate the presumption of your readers is this book will become a prerequisite in all potential professional leaders’ libraries and they will want to be among it’s primary readers.

  • http://twitter.com/goldjasper Michele-Rene

    ★Dr. Maxwell Is  A Fascinating Family Man Believing In God and Helping Others. Dr. Maxwell Supports Me Daily For Which I Am GratefuL! I Have Been aWaiting The★5Levels of Leadership and Promoting The Book As Well!
    ★To Be A Fine Leader You Must Follow Same, Learn What They Know and Put That Information To Action. ★I’ve Prepared Myself For Action. This Latest Writing of Dr. Maxwell’s Is A Must Have. So I Must Have It! smile! as I Continue To Promote Dr.Maxwell and The Good He Is Doing All Around The World!
    ★Thank You Mr. Hyatt For This Wonderful Opportunity!

  • david oswalt

    I have enjoyed learning from several of John C. Maxwell’s other books, and have become a more complete leader through the process.  However, I’m intrigued by the description you provided in your review of how this book is like a “roadmap” to his others…I look forward to the read and the ongoing journey of becoming a more effective leader in all walks of life.

  • Lsaldanamd

    John Maxwell continues to refine his model of leadership, and how to reach the “pinnacle”. I want to read this book to glean some wisdom from the master.

  • Michaelzaghloul

    JOHN MAXWELL is a father figure to me.
    I never met John, yet I’ve been to many of his speaking engagements, subscribe to his monthly audio, and now following him on twitter. WHY?
    He is the words of wisdom that every son wants to hear from his father. Most of us men never heard these words of life from our fathers even when we lived under the same roof!
    The teachings develop the leader within, helping young man’s self image, that one day he might want to lead his own family, or build a business!
    To many of us he is the father figure we never had.

    My name is MICHAEL… and I’m your Friend.

  • http://darensirboughblog.wordpress.com Daren Sirbough

    Since you wrote that ,’It lays out his entire leadership model’ and the fact that he has achieved so much in this lifetime give me more then enough reason to want a copy. I myself am working with teams regularly which means whats valuable to me is that I work on myself as much as possible. That is why I want the book.

  • Larry Hardison

    John Maxwell writes books that I want to read. At this point in life I find myself both as a leader and mentor. 
    By using this book I expect that I would be able to encourage and motivate others to grow beyond their own (limited) vision even as I have done, and, am still engaged in doing.

     Simply, this book would be an asset to my serving, encouraging and motivating others (and myself).

  • Craig

    I help lead a short term mission ministry, sending about 500 people a year on short-term missions.  My need for leadership skills grows yearly (sometimes daily! :)) as we interact with church leaders, with church members, with university students, and with hosts at 60+ mission sites. I’d love a copy of the book!

  • Chuck

    The thing that intrigues me about this book is that it goes into reasons why people want to follow others. As a teacher, coach, and FCA leader it is of great importance to me that the kids follow good role models. I hope and pray everyday that I offer the kids that and I hope this book will help me to gain a new hook to bring others to God and to make them better young people

  • Bulldogleader

    I am a high school principal in a large urban high school.  We work as a team everyday to develop leadership capacity among staff AND students.  Teenagers are some of the best judges of true leadership.  Teenagers don’t really follow anyone because they have to.  They may comply, but they will not follow.  I am very intrigued to read this book to study and think about the obstacles to taking things to the next level of leadership, as well as the steps to build my own leadership.  There may be a place for this book in our staff study and it could possibly be a resource for students to read and use as a resource to think deeper about their personal leadership development.

  • Cheryl

    When I think leadership, I think John Maxwell. His books are challenging, informative and inspiring. I want to continue to be a leader that inspires people. I want to expand my leadership abilities and capabilities.

  • Chrisking252

    This book is a culmination of 20+ years of living what he is writing. Great information for everyone. Chris King

  • http://twitter.com/KentKingery Kent Kingery

    I credit John Maxwell with playing a pivotal role in my own leadership journey.  I started with “Developing the Leader Within You” during the second year of running my own company, and I have been reading and applying John’s work ever since.  I have handed out more copies of John’s books to employees, managers, partners, customers, and family members than I can recall.

    I’m intrigued that this may be the book which replaces “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership” as the first book I hand to the young leaders I mentor.  I want a copy so I can get started reading through it and preparing to use it as a teaching tool.  I’ve built my leadership approach on John’s teachings and feel it’s incumbent on me to set others on the right course early in their careers.

    Whether I get a free copy or not, I know “The 5 Levels of Leadership” will be a routine order for me. :-)


  • Suzi

    I could really use a fast read, rich in content right now! I’m in a new leadership position in a fast, growing ministry. I admire and respect John Maxwell and would love to read this book and put it into practice in my new role. I’m want to know how I can get from where I am now to the next level.

  • Troy

    I am in a Managerial position with the Federal Government.  My passion is Leading and Developing people.  Much, if not most, of my influence and material has been from John Maxwell.  I’m excited about using this book as another resource in both my personal development and that of the Leaders working with me.

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  • Tim Gleason

    I am the leader of an independent ministry targeted at 20somethings in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago.  I also work as an attorney, and part of my responsibilities are to supervise temporary attorneys who come in to work on short term projects.  Anything I can do to improve my leadership skills is helpful.  

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Mike G

    I have enjoyed many of John’s books over the years. As a leader at home and in my profession I want to be the best that I can be.  Through the year’s John’s books have been a part of my leadership development.  I’m sure that I will glean many new idea’s from this new book.

  • http://twitter.com/jmhardy98 Jim Hardy

    John is a great author and leader. This is a must read. If you want to understand influence and how it impacts leadership, read this book.


  • Dida

    My seven year profession as a nurse has given me the opportunity and responsibility to take part in leadership, while my desire to be a mentor to young teenage girls has been a passion. This coming January I hope and strive to start a small group for teenage girls that will help guide them through some of life’s struggles and tough decisions during this stage of their life. Regarding my profession, I would like to use my skills and talents to be a positive influence in the lives of those around me. In order to accomplish this, I believe it is of great significance that I improve and strive to perfect my leadership skills if I am to be successful. I believe I am to be well equipped to the best of my abilities and then entrust the rest to God, but in order to be better equipped I need to learn from those who are more experienced and more qualified in this area of interest. The fact that “The 5 Levels of Leadership” is a quick read but content-rich as you have described, intrigues me. Thanks for your consideration.

  • Paul

    I have read a few books written by John Maxwell. His
    teachings are amazing and I feel so blessed for writers and mentors like John
    Maxwell. John’s writing has already made a difference in my life. As John
    Maxwell states “We cannot become what we need by remaining what we are.” – I am
    looking forward to this book to learn more and make an impact wherever I am…

  • Anonymous

    Being a pastor I have influence in each one of the 5 leadership levels with a lot of people.  I am interested to learn how to move people through each level of leadership not only with my relationship with them but also as they develop relationships with other people. 

  • Jimfitz2

    I find Leadership to be one of the most misunderstood sciences in our world.  “You’ve been here the longest, you’re the leader.”  Or,” you know how to do the most things, you be the leader.” are the ways of the past.  John C. Maxwell teaches the best way to become a leader.  I can’t wait to read his latest insights and inspiration!

  • Nancy

    I love John Maxwell’s writings. I get his Minute with Maxwell delivered to my inbox every day. I find that his work on leadership resonates with me better than Steven Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective Leaders.

  • http://krissiwyss.wordpress.com Krissi

    I am already a fan of Maxwell & his leadership teaching. I have only read a few of his books, however. What intrigues me is the description of the book with chapters getting to the point and teaching on how to move to the next levels of leaderhship. I am currently in a women’s leadership group with our lead pastor reading his Teamwork book (the longer one). I would like a copy of this book so I can use it to learn & grow in leadership in the church & ministry.

  • Olayinka Olubakin

    Really as a leader at work ,in the Church , in the Society and at home,I want to know what stage I am ,if I have jumped without having a good foundation and how to follow step by step to the pinnacle. Impacting life is paramount because it what I know that I can impact to built a better  team and people for them also to commit into competent hands in turn,and on and on….. so I need a copy

  • KH

    I am a minister and employeed in the public school system currently serving as the President of our teacher organization.  I first heard about the 5-levels of leadership at the Chick-fi-la leadercast I attended and would like to further pursue them.  I have enjoyed past books of John Maxwell and have a section of my library devoted to them.  I have found the books I have read beneficial in working with others and look forward to using this book to help myself and others become better leaders.

  • Micheline Carriere

    I am an independant business owner and I already have a few books written by John Maxwell.  Being born and living in Quebec, Canada, my first language is French and second is English. 

    In my organization, I know a lot of potential leaders who do not understand English and with this book, I could share with them the wisdom of John Maxwell … as I do with the daily “A Minute with Maxwell”.

  • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

    I am more interested at the leadership principles that biblically sound. That naturally pulls me to Maxwell’s write up. And, 5 levels of Leadership is going to be treasure trove of his entire experience. What he has learnt in 60 years of his life – I will able draw valuable lessons from those in just 6 days.

    As Robin Sharma proposes, I am also interested in learning  —  how to ‘lead without a title’. I feel maxwell’s new book is great tool to take us from where we are to where we intent to move in our life.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Micheline-Carriere/100002033396640 Micheline Carriere

    I am an independant business owner from Quebec, Canada.  I already own a few of John Maxwell’s books. My first language is French and my second is English.
    In my organization, I know a few potential leaders who do not understand English.  With this book, I could help them achieve their goals and share John Maxwell’s wisdom as I do with his daily “A Minute with Maxwell”.  Thank you Mr. Maxwell.

  • http://twitter.com/scottcheatham scottcheatham

    John’s ways of speaking truth in easy to understand ways. I heard him lecture on this firs during the Chick-Fil-A leadercast. I mind mapped his speech and begun to look at ways to implement change to the upper levels. I’ve used this in my own church setting and think the book would go a long way towards helping in that endeavor.

  • Srondeau

    I have read other books by John Maxwell and would love to get this one as well.

  • Phil

    Hi Michael
    I am intrigued by his book because of who John Maxwell is.  I have heard him speak, and it’s always about who he represents (Jesus in the practical world of business and ministry).
    I want to read the book because I want to reach the Pinnacle…others seeing Christ in me (who I am) and coming to know Him themselves (Who I represent).  Besides I’m 62 years old and trying to pass on all that I can to the next generation.
    Thanks for this opportunity

  • Sharonkelly

    The reason I want this book is because I have been volenteering at our church’s christian school as an arts and crafts teacher and I want to be one who is not just saved but called to lead, and I feel that this would be a tool to help me be that leader God wants me to be. I am now trying to get into college to become an assistant teacher.

  • Soumague Basse

    I’m a huge of fan of John Maxwell.  What intrigues me is how he categorized 50+ yrs of leadership experiences, books, seminars into 5 Levels..So he got my attention. I would like a copy to immediately share best practices at work (US Military) and my network marketing team via word of mouth, articles, and my favorite video!


  • Chaplain Greg Woodard

    I have been in leadership for a long time and I have always enjoyed Maxwell on leadership.
    John has proven himself over the years in providing quality thinking on the topic and I would like to read some of his reflections on the different seasons of leadership that come over a long journey and across many different levels of leadership.

  • Bamajohn

    I’ve read a lot of John Maxwell’s material in the past, but I’m curious to know what new thoughts he has, or new ways of expressing old thoughts.

  • Tammy Berkman

    What intrigues me about the book is that it is the fundamental principles of leadership, and takes the leader beyond getting the top leadership position.  I want a copy of this book because my 27 year old son is the Athletic Director/Principal/Spiritual Leader of  his Christian School.  His leadership affects many young people, but his ability to lead is often hinged to whether or not he can get all the adults (parents and board members) to follow him.  He is a natural born leader, but he still has a lot to learn, and could be more effective if he had a mentor like John Maxwell.  I’ve encouraged him to attend a John Maxwell  leadership conference, but his schedule during athletics does not permit him to be away and his $40,000 salary with two children and one on the way does not provide for expensive conferences.  However, the instructions in this book would be invaluable to his role as the leader of the school.

  • Dereck Harvey

    Life can be looked at as a series of building blocks (granted, sometimes they fall down and we have to rebuild). The simple concept that is described in this book provides the framework and tools to build yourself as a leader through each of the five levels. It is not only for today or just for this year, but for a lifetime.

    I lead a class of adults (mostly 20’s and 30’s) in our church and take a leadership role among my co-workers. The launch of this book has caused me to think about where I am in my leadership, and how I can expand my influence in my current responsibilities. This book would help me develop more effectively in that way.

    This would be the first book of his that I have read. Thanks!

  • http://www.facebook.com/pwinarto Paulus Winarto

    Five levels of leadership is very powerful tools for a young leader to take his or her leadership journey. I read about this concept in Maxwells’ book Developing The Leader Within You, many years ago. Based on spiritual values, I believe this book will be a great book and really add value to leaders. Congratulations John. God bless you all and always.

  • Flor Aristotle

    I am a  pastor of the small church for the urban poor. I started this church by teaching children Bible story, many of them received Christ as their Lord and Savior. For the last 8 years we helped these  children through our scholarship program to continue their studies until college. Some of them graduated already so I am teaching them about leadership. I want these young people to be a good leader of our church and our nation. I want to teach them the right concept about leadership. I believe your book will help me to identify myself as a leader and help our people to be a good leader too.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000358958403 John Burke

    John Maxwell is to leadership as Michelangelo was to art.  He has an uncanny ability to take simple concepts, place them on the canvas in such a way that is unique, inspiring, engaging and yet still simple enough that you can walk away feeling that the teaching presented has now become a part of you.  Everyone of Maxwell’s books that I’ve read has helped me become a better man.

    As a civil engineer working for a municipal government I hope to continue leading through example and influencing others – this book will be of great benefit as I continually look toward outside training to elevate my skills.

  • BMarler

    I was recently recruited to a mid-size global mfg firm from behemoth, GE Oil & Gas, in a management training program. I believe I have always viewed leadership as “position” and “production” (the “production” part seems especially prevalent in corporate America today. To some degree, I realize I have been living in a leadership world based on what I do for others, or if people “like” my leadership style, then maybe they will follow me. I am a big fan of John Maxwell’s, but have not read one of his books in a number of years. I would love to learn more about his principle of “people development” and “pinnacle” leadership, and begin applying this towards my roles within this company. I believe I am at a point in my career where I really have to establish who I will be as a “leader” going forward. I have no doubt that John’s principles are ones that a great foundation could be laid upon.

  • Anonymous

    I’m wondering if the secret action step is included in the book…Your post says we must take four but only lists three…so I figured an odd answer may help me get a book…

    and, I love books, especially leadership books and in my role as a family pastor I always get a chance to pass on nuggets of leadership.

  • Bubear89

    I have been in management for over 22 years. When I reflect back on these years, I have come to realize that I have learned much from my misakes and by experiencing them, I have learned and improved as a leader, as well as a Christian employee in the workplace. I have worked for excelllent managers, as well as poor ones.
    I have great respect and admiration for John Maxwell. I love his books and have heard him speaK in person.

  • Adeel_samuel

    Respected Sir, i have a leading role in Church and also working at that place where i lead many people.i really want to get your Book.it will help me to grow in the leadership qualities.
     Kindly send me one copy as i really deserve it.
    Thank you and God Bless you.
    Adeel Samuel
    E-mail adeel_samuel@hotmail.com 

  • Martin Viglas

    I am greatful, that I foud this blog. It is very inspiring. If this blog is such a blessing for me, how much more would be a book, written by a man, who has inspired, formed and teached its writter. That is, why I want a copy.

    I am already intrigued by those five levels, because – in some case, they do not give me sense – do not missunderstand me, I think it would be great book to read, but just now, I see just the two stages – people, who follow you, because they have to, and because they want to. I do not see any difference, between 2nd and other 3 levels. I would like to read the book, and find out, why am I wrong.

  • Steelmills

     I thought that people only followed me because they had to or they wanted to.  I had not realised there were three other reasons and I am intrigued to find out how I can become a leader who not only reaches the other levels but remains at the pinnacle of leadership.

  • neil

    Have started to do training in the public health sector. I believe this book will assist me in equipping everyone who works in the sector to know that they are leaders and what they can do to grow.  The result will be a benefit to their customers.

  • Damilola Okuneye

    It was from John Maxwell i learnt that one doesn’t necessarily need a title/position to lead. What matters most is to “Lead where you are”. And the first step i think is leading the man within before attempting to influence those without. Looking at the 5 levels of leadership, i would say I’m on level 1 (in my volunteer team in church) and i believe that we can be more effective- in our personal lives as well as the ministry- get much more done at a higher quality. This book will be of immense benefit to me in this cause.

  • Bill

    I teach in college and the situational ethics that I find with my students is very disturbing. They do not understand what it means to be a leader just that they should win no matter what the cost.  I have read all of his books and want to show by my actions quality leadership.

    It is important that students understand that there is a process that moves them from an entry level to being a quality leader.

  • DErek

    One of the greatest blessings in my life is to be a builder of men/women. Any guidance that will better stewart the gift of Influence is not only appreciated, may it multiple back returns to make Dreams come true.

  • Lou

    I have done a great deal of thinking about what it means to be a “Level 5″ leader as defined in the book “Good to Great.” It will be interesting to see how this where L5 leadership fits in to the 5 levels as described by Maxwell.

  • Anonymous

    Hi Michael,

    I’d love to get a copy of this book, because John C. Maxwell is one of my main inspirations. I try to live and breath his books and articles. Your description of “The 5 Levels of Leadership” has me believing this could very well be his best book yet.

    As managing editor of a large Dutch web publication and the editor-in-chief and founder of a start-up, I need to grow every single day. Every day that I don’t develop myself, every day that I don’t become a better leader, the teams I lead suffer. Maxwell is one of the top authorities on everything leadership: I’ll probably never have him as a real-life adviser, as you do, but his books will make up for that. That way, he will actually become an adviser.

  • Kirabo_daniel

    Lately I have realized the need to develop leaders around me but what better way of doing that than being a good leader myself. I have had the opportunity of leading time and again but its been more out of practices than principles and J C Maxwell brings it out in such an easy to learn format, I would therefore love to get a copy of the book to better me and in turn help others.

  • otispi

    Word on the street is that this is John Maxwell’s best book yet – that’s saying alot!

  • pwykoff

    I am leading a large very visible strategic project. I have never lead a program of this size. For the project and  for me to be successful, I need to continue to grow as a leader with my team and with the organization.  Guidance from a leader-teacher that I greatly respect will be invaluable to me, to the  team and ultimately the project. I need to move to the next level and having access to proven techniques and ideas would be the extra knowledge to keep growing. Thanks!

  • Teresa

    I have followed John Maxwell for several years, starting with his books and now through social media.   At work, we have talked about creating a book club for anyone interested in professional growth, and this would be an ideal first book for us.  It would introduce a potential new audience to John’s work, and the concept that we all have leadership potential, regardless of our official position in an organization, is an important one to share.  I plan to purchase this book regardless, but thank you for the opportunity!

  • Marty Sacks

    I am particularly interested in this book because it builds on all the other books that Maxwell has written to date.  I feel like I would be standing on the shoulders of a giant that is still growing!  This view of the leadership landscape would be enviable and useful as the firm I serve enters its new fiscal year.  This is not hype.  I have read his books for years and have benefited greatly – especially in the area of the importance of a leader’s integrity.  “Thinking for a Change” is among several books sitting next to me as I write this.  I will read the new book as soon as I get it and I’m sure greatly benefit.  Thanks Michael for posting your review.  

  • Terri

    I have been following John Maxwell for quite a while, but I had the chance to see him live at a company convention this summer.  He taught me more in that short time, than I had learned on my own.  I have been waiting since that time period to get my hands on this book.  There are so many people that I want to share this book with.  There are “Leaders” in the field, that could use the education that he teaches.  

    Thank you for the opportunity to win this book.

  • http://twitter.com/dennisbrooke Dennis Brooke

    One of my friends read this and added an extrapolation to Maxwell’s scale. He said most of the leaders at his former company would be rated .5 (that’s point five!) because, “People follow when
    they have to, but most of the time they don’t follow at all.”
    Some smart student needs to do a survey on how leaders rate themselves on the “Five Levels Scale” and on how people rate their leaders on the same scale. I’ve worked for people who fall on all levels. Based on what I’ve seen those on the lower end tend to “inflate” their grades and those on the upper end will be more modest and their followers will rate them higher.
    Glad to see another John Maxwell classic born. Can’t wait to read it.

  • http://davidlevine.posterous.com David Levine

    I am an IT Manager for a state government help desk. I am familiar with John Maxwell’s work and the value associated with it. I think this book would allow me to become a better leader and work with the people I manage to become better and grow.

  • Wtbfl

    This book sounds like it’s just what I need. I’ve recently started in a managers role of a very difficult workplace. It’s very union driven and they’ve had problems in the past. I’m told I’m a welcomed addition but I know there are many challenges and some include the people working there. I have been reading books to help me further my knowledge but for some reason this one seems like it will give me more insight to what it truly means to lead. Thank you =)

  • Scott

    I think it important to understand that every leader needs to have followers to be successful.  As a follower, this book will help me to understand at what level the leaders in my life are operating at.  I then can tailor my followership style to best assist the leader to move to the next level of leadership.  

    As a leader, this book will allow me to understand the level at which I am operating at.  It will allow me to take pro-active measures to better serve my organization and those who work directly for me.  

  • Alan

    I just began working with my father at the family business – a small law firm. In the time I have as the low man on the totem pole, I want to develop my leadership skills as much as possible!

  • http://www.facebook.com/allan.crowson Allan Crowson

    From Machiavelli to Maxwell — Earlier in life I read Machiavelli’s “The Prince,” which has its own particular spin on leadership. As a Christian believer I am encouraged to see that so much of the best and most constructive thinking on leadership comes from people such as Maxwell, drawing inspiration from the best Leader of all.

  • http://www.facebook.com/allan.crowson Allan Crowson

    I maintain an active interest in how ideas and concepts apply across cultures. This comes from working nearly 20 years as a missionary in Africa and Europe a number of years ago. I look forward to looking for what seems most transmissible to the cultures with which I am familiar, as well as to principles I can incorporate in my current ministry.

  • Anton Itkin

    I really need
    the book “The 5 Levels of Leadership,” because in my 28 years,
    working at a church in Ukraine, former USSR republic, I realized the importance and need of
    leadership. But, unfortunately, in our country is still very little practical
    training manuals on leadership qualities. I am sure that Mr. Maxwell’s book
    will help me become an effective leader.

  • Oluwatosin Olaleye

    I live & work in Nigeria, a place where i think our leaders need an intense study on leadership. I always thought of leadership as positional & as such never thought of myself as a leader. My thought process has since changed upon following @johncmaxwell:twitter & learning about the different levels of Leadership.

    I would like the opportunity to own this book so i can grow as a leader & see how it applies to my life, job, church group & society.

    As @johncmaxwell quoted today, True Leadership must be for the benefit of the followers, not the enrichment of the leaders (Robert Townsend). If every man plays by the rules of leadership, then the world would have been a  much better place.

    You are doing a great job sir. Although i’m not a writer or blogger, i still find similarities to my job & wisdom to adopt in your blogs.

    Thank you.

  • sd

    Ever since I was a child I was told I was a leader and thought of myself as a leader. I have held leadership positions in school, at work and church but I want to know how to really be a leader.

    I am intrigued by this book because John Maxwell has written so much on leadership. I want to learn from someone who is clearly a leader, not just someone who talks about leadership. I want to become all that I can be to help others be all they can be.


  • Rameshp

    I’m interested in getting a copy of this book and that is because authors, leaders like John Maxwell not only provide career advice to become a better leader but also help a person become an inspiration to others.

    I truly admire all the work you do and great information you bring to all us readers here Michael it’s truly inspiring.

    Thank you very much for everything you do and I’m learning a great deal about leadership from John indirectly through you and his influence on you. It would be an honor to get a copy of “The 5 Levels of Leadership.”

  • http://twitter.com/Jeremy_Turner Jeremy Turner

    What intrigues me about this book is the fact that there are different levels to leadership.  I pastor a small rural church that I believe can grow.  Our average attendance has been around 75 people for the past eight years. Our church growth is dependant on me growing as a leader.   I am at the place in my ministry where the Lord is calling me to grow in my leadership. I believe this book will help be to go to the next leadership level.  I would apprecite your consideration.   

  • http://recreationalwordslinger.blogspot.com Tessa

    I am intrigued by this book because it is written by John Maxwell! I want to read everything he writes. I am trying to learn everything I can about leadership. I’m a teacher and want be a better leader. 

  • Elona

    HI! I am a pastors wife. July 1, 2011, my husband became the pastor of a very small, only 30 people.  When I saw this book I thought ‘ this book would be good for my husband’ to help him in his leadership skills and become more effective for the kingdom of God.  God has given him a great responsibility and like the author says in the book “everything rises and falls on leadership”  I realize that he has a big job ahead and he needs guidance. Thank you and may the Lord bless you.

  • Paul Friedlander

    Being an IBO on the LTD Team has given me access to listening to John on more than one occasion live. Also having read many of his books over the last 10+ years has made the anticipation of this newest book, 30 years in the making, almost unbearable.

  • Claytons

    I am excited to read John’s new book.  I love his teaching and the five levels of leadership are powerful stuff.  I want to read this book and then maybe use it in our bible school to help us teach our students leadership.  Thanks for reviewing it.

  • Gary

    As my wife and I move into an outreach music ministry, leadership characteristics will be part of our primary must-have list of qualities on which our task team’s success wil, , in great part, depend.  Knowing what this book covers may save us valuable time as our mission grows.

  • http://twitter.com/cstenson Clayton Stenson

    Here is a review of John Maxwells new book, The Five Levels of Leadership.  Looking forward to reading this one.

  • http://twitter.com/karensdavis Karen Davis

    I love just about anything John Maxwell writes. His books have been an incredible help to me in my leadership role. I like your suggestion of using the book as a group study for my team leaders. I am always looking for resources to challenge and grow us as leaders and I think it would be great to introduce them to John’s leadership model. Thanks for the recommendation!

  • Edt

    Looking forward to the read. As an Executive Pastor I am regularly confronted with the value of not just doing the right thing (that is just expected) but doing it the right way for the right reasons. I am working on growing into a “pinnacle” leader.

  • http://twitter.com/LeadServe James Townsend

    This year I began working in a new ministry that helps recovering addicts regain their lives through their family and faith.  Some of these individuals only came to be a part of the ministry because they were required to attend but I saw that as an opportunity to make them want to participate.  Over the past 10 months, the role of leadership changed from me being the leader and them following to me watching them become leaders and me following.  As I invested in them, they invested in their own lives and leadership abilities (something many of them were told as kids they didn’t have).  Together we are working to lead others back to a life free of addiction through love and leadership.  John Maxwell continues to share timeless truths that are needed in families, churches, businesses, and organizations.  We are better people and better leaders as a result of his insightful words.

  • http://twitter.com/richbeery Rich Beery

    I am intrigued with this book because leadership bespeaks authority and understanding.  I would hope to get from this book some direction on how to utilize that authority and understanding to creatively influence the lives of others in a positive manner.

  • Anonymous

    A few years ago, my mentor gave me a copy of the 5 Levels exceprted from one of Dr. Maxwell’s earlier books, Leadership 101 (also Thomas Nelson).  He did so as I was interviewing for a leadership role within our company.  I was entrusted with the role, read many leadership books by Dr. Maxwell and Lencioni and have never forgotten the position myth.  It really was a turning point for me, as I discovered what being a servant to my teams really meant. I’m very excited by this book’s launch and look forward to digging deeper into the 5 Levels for the betterment of the team.

  • Bassred

    I am currently reading ‘The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader’ for a class I am taking. I like Maxwell’s approach and his information seems well researched/learned and true.

    I think that a copy of his new book would help me to continue growing as a leader in business and in life!

  • Jertoys1

    I have never seen anyone catagorize the levels of leadership like this before. I instantly recognized the truth of it.

  • Garrison

    I have taken baby steps in leadership over the last few years by observing, reading, and doing what great leaders do.  By taking pieces from different leaders I have been able to develop my own style of leadership from the many styling of others.  Many of the great leaders that I have studied refer to John Maxwell’s principals in leadership.  I know some of John Maxwell but feel I need to get to know him much better and if Michael  Hyatt recommends the book and is giving away 100 free books for posting a comment anyone would be crazy not to jump on the opportunity.

  • SinglesPastor

    I won’t waste anyone’s time with a super-long post. I work with single adults of all ages qand types, people going though divorce and widowhood, and single parents. I not only mentor singles, but I mentor single leaders who in turn reach/help others. I’ve read several of John’s books and subscribed to his InJoy Life Club for over 10 years, so I know it will be good.

    The most important principle I have learned from John and seen modeled in his life is the concept of adding value to lives of followers.

    You will learn how to do this I am sure.

  • http://www.aaronsellars.com Aaron Sellars

    I’m always trying to be the best leader possible.  I’ve been blessed by Maxwell’s books in the past and this looks like it would be a great one to dig into as well.

  • Rabrooks1

    John Maxwell is the master at influence. I like the sound of these five levels as they approximate the characteristics of servant leadership which are also closely akin to transformational leadership.

    I would very much like to get a copy of this book for further study as a pastor and as a college teacher. Time taken to sharpen the sickle is never time wasted.

  • http://www.jeffrandleman.com Jeff Randleman

    I would love to read this book!  I’m a huge leadership reader, and have dozens of John Maxwell’s books.  I’d love to add this one to my shelf, and to my leadership growth.  Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Steph

    My husband and I work at a church in the Creative Arts Dept. and are trying to develop leaders within our dept to help support the English/Spanish/Youth/Kidz services through all our media elements – audio, lights, visual presentation, & video/live stream. We know media, but we’re trying to learn leadership development and the church keeps growing (avg. attendance @ 2100 in 2011) so we need to learn this critical step personally to pass it on to our volunteers & future leaders.

  • Jmwright

    Maxwell is an incredible Leader.  I have seen him a couple of times & he is very inspiring.  I would love to learn from this book & use its contents to help in my personal & professional life.

  • http://twitter.com/AldoMoller Aldo E Moller

    John C Maxwell hit home with me at the beginning of this year when I was at a Crossroad in my life.

    I first got a copy of the 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership form a dear friend, Marcos Witt, in 2000. I read it but did not ‘sink’ in me for whatever reason, I assume I was not prepared; was like hearing but not really listening, I read it but didn’t get it. In those years I was managing, so I thought, my business and did not pay attention to such valuable manual. I really did not understand the TEAM concept, I worked harder not smarter. etc. Now I ask myself, HOW could I’ve missed this opportunity?

    I’ve read other JM books lately among the Today Matters; every time I grab this book I use it like real Manual, I reflect and try to follow/apply these principles in my life, even if means going back to previous chapters.

    I order my copy way when I knew it will be released this year, and I have not yet received. The reason I want to get a copy of it, is to give it away to someone very special, my Pastor for 26 years. I want him to continue to grow! I want him to fulfill his calling strong and with passion, I want him to lead other young Pastors in our Area.

    Thank you for keep investing in other people’s lives Michael!

  • James

    I’ve been in missions for the last 14 years and working in Africa training & mentoring pastors & leaders for the last 5 years, and honestly, I try to read whatever I can to stretch myself and grow personally and also have more to give away. As Dr. Howard Hendricks says, “I want to be drawing from a fresh flowing stream, rather than a stagnant pond.” I have read a few of Maxwell’s books and have often been challenged and would love to read this one. 

  • Saralynn Miller

    I am very interested in reading your book. I work with several people both in Ministry & Non-profit organizations. It is important that I not only make good decisions…but lead and impower others to utilize their gifts in leadership.

  • Anonymous

    I am a new manager at work and am also in leadership at church, on a worship team and of a Home Group. I am interested in reading Maxwell’s perspective on leadership because it will help me develop my leadership for the roles I already have, and help me move into new spheres of influence in the future.

  • Ross2

    The reason I would like a free copy of your book is to give it to a pastor friend who I greatly respect, and who is actively pursuing/trying to be the most effective leadership he can be. Thank you, Robert T Ross, MSW LSW

  • Rstones68

    Sounds like this book that’s right to the point

  • Anonymous

    I’d like this book for my husband. He’s a leader, by position and I believe from the description he might even be at #3/4. I think it would be a great tool to go along with the other Mr. Maxwell’s books that he has.  I believe it might be a great encouragement as he is starting a new nonprofit organization as well. Thanks again for this great offer!

  • http://twitter.com/John_Van_Vliet John Van Vliet

    I first came into contact with John Maxwell at a conference in 2006.  I’ve been hooked ever since and have share many of my books with my son.  He received a promotion today, becoming his firms newest sales manager, and I think that he would appreciate this latest wealth of wisdom from John Maxwell.

  • Lissa

    @ John Maxwell’s  The 5 Levels of Leadership: Proven Steps to Maximize Your Potential Book… I find leadership to be a very interesting topic. I find it is important for everyone to empower themselves to improve their leadership and personal development skillsets. I recently started a company and now find myself working with multiple people in different areas of North America. I believe the people development section of John’s book will be most interesting and personally helpful. I want to help my team be the best they can be – always up to hear helpful tips and experiences.

  • Gaston

    I work for a US Senator in Washington DC and everyday see a lack of leadership in leading an office and our nation. I see turf wars develop consistently and how disagreements escalate into conflict and then into grudges that last through professional careers. I see how problems drive people apart rather than together for a solution. I am asking for the book so I can strengthen my leadership skills so that until the reins are passed on, and when they finally are, I can continue to grow as a leader and bring about results and purposes for those I lead.

    Thank you for considering me.

  • johndeere

    I simply want to become the leader that people follow even when they have the choice not to.  Simply to help others become all they can be and more!  To inspire,  to coach for maximum performance and to see others find their true purpose!  Reading, studying, learning and applying solid principles of leadership is one of the big steps to achieving this goal. 

    So, I want to see how these 5 Levels of Leadership will help accomplish this goal of leading others to become everything they can possible be and more!

  • http://www.littlepeople.id.au Chris Little

    What intrigues me: the framework question – why has ‘leadership’ blossomed as a study and central concern in recent decades?

    Leadership is not a major explicit Bible idea (I write as a church pastor), yet is what much church theory now rests upon. I’m interested in why that’s so, how it came to be so, and what are the positive/negative aspects of this.

    Oh, I’m also intrigued how to complete all four of the three actions listed …

  • http://www.irunurun.com Travis Dommert

    Have looked forward to the book since John introduced it at Leadercast in May!

    I’ve also seen tremendous response from clients as we share this as an example of “leveling” in their personal and professional lives as a means of creating a purposeful path and lifelong journey.  

    As part of our work, we describe “the journey to greatness” as the pursuit of our potential.  We talk about athletes and their journey from t-ball to little league to minor league to big leagues to all-star.  We talk about martial arts and the journey from white belt to black belt.  

    Most worthwhile journeys have levels (and so should yours!)…but in business, marriage, parenting, we often lack the vernacular.  We lack the path.  We lack the coach.

    I believe John is doing this for us in leadership.  Can’t wait to find out!


  • Joe Tallant

    “Who is John Maxwell?”, I thought looking through the Chick-fil-a Leadership Conference program. Since that day in May, John Maxwell has inspired and changed my mindset. 

    Mr. Maxwell’s Leadership Bible is a daily motivation and guide.  Everyone Communicates, Few Connect and Today Matters have helped me shape the story of my company.

    The morsels Mr. Maxwell doled out a the Chick-fil-a event whet my appetite for learning a lifetime structure for leading.

    Thank you Mr. Maxwell and Mr. Hyatt for sharing your God-given talents. I appreciate your wisdom and insight.

    Joe Tallant

  • http://www.benreed.net Ben Reed

    I’m intrigued because I’m a young leader trying to make a difference. Seeing this list reminds me that I have much, much growing to do to reach the pinnacle.

  • Caleb Penney

    John Maxwell has taught me that leadership is influence and that everything rises and falls on leadership and one’s own ability to lead and add value to others.  This book then is talking about the five levels of influence you can achieve in your life and help others achieve in their lives, and this intrigues me.  I want to become a leader that develops other leaders, but I have to understand where I am and where they are at before I can help them.  I want this book because I believe it will teach me how to recognize and develop my own leadership capacity and thus as I improve, I can lead others alongside so that I am not alone going to the top.

  • sam

    i have heard about Servant Leadership, Steward leadership and Shepherd Leadership. And before reaching to position, it is important more to know about leadership. This will help me & my wife while mentoring family members and students. 

    Thanks  – sam

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1782798258 Grady Bishop

    I will read this book.  I have gained much from John’s previous books about who I am as a leader.  What intrigues me most about this book is the potential to develop a personal growth plan to identify where I am currently and what I specifically need to do to continue developing toward the pinnacle.

  • Tiffany Powell

    I’m sure this will be another great recommendation by Travis Dommert !

  • Edwin Sarmiento

    I have been a student/fan/follower of John Maxwell for almost 15 years now, having read almost every book he’s written. I credit him for encouraging me to develop my leadership skills and continuously work on it every day. What’s really important about his leadership principles is that they are very relevant whether you’re in a church setting or the corporate environment. I can’t wait to get a copy of his new book

  • Tcsikos

    Sounds like interesting and useful topic. Hope to get a copy :-)

  • Ayoade Oluwasanmi

    I live in Africa and I believe Africa is in the state she is in because of a lack of leaders, especially leaders with vision. From Somalia to Nigeria, from Egypt to Zimbabwe, Africa is in dire straits because of a lack of leadership and vision. Also, the prevailing view in Africa is that if you do not have a position or title, you’re not equipped to lead. However, most people with position lie, steal, cheat, rig and kill to attain these positions so that they can steal from the public coffers and oppress the people. I am therefore intrigued that John Maxwell thinks that having a position of leadership is the least of the requirements of leadership. While I still remember with a chuckle the fact that he thought Enron was a leader in its field, I realise that John Maxwell is the pre-eminent authority on leadership and I have a lot to learn from him. I believe Africa needs leadership and quickly and that the change doesn’t have to start with a crowd. The change starts with me. 

    Oh, before I forget. I suscribed to your newsletters and I was supposed to get your e-book about creating a personal life plan. However, I was unable to download the book from the link that was sent to me. Could you please help with this?

  • Mattmullins11

    I feel that in our society today, especially in the younger generation, people have not quit grasped the concept of what leadership truly is. It seems that there is a sea of crewmen, but only a few people who accept and understand the role and leadership of a captain. As a recent graduate, I see this all the time! People in there 20’s and early 30’s settling for less than what our Great God has for them. Clarity is an important aspect of leadership along with self-awareness. You have to know where you are going. If you are unable to measure it, you will never achieve it.  I can’t wait to read, 5 Levels of Leadership! I always want to know how I can be a better leader/servant!

    As a child of God, husband, and father one of the greatest insights (through scripture) in my life are not the gifts and talents we’re
    given, but its about the Character we develop over time.

    Thanks for reading. . .

  • http://twitter.com/schneibo Brandon Schneider

    Earlier this week I found myself walking out of a meeting of leaders very frustrated and discouraged.  In the course of an hour, the meeting had turned away from the agenda and instead became a platform for complaining and crying on the lack of respect these “leaders” felt they should be receiving from the members of the team that report to them based solely on their title.  The next morning as I was showering (where I do my best thinking and reflection), I began chewing on the previous day’s events and this idea of the 5 levels of Leadership popped into my head (a cloudy blip of a talk or sermon I thought I had heard)….though I could only remember the first one….Position.  That same day, I saw John Maxwell’s tweet that his new book was out….God’s perfect timing.

    As God has placed me in the corporate world for such a time as this, I believe I can relay truth and leadership principles to my fellow leaders that would cause us to be more efficient and better communicate with the people that report to us.  The ideas within this book, I believe, speaks directly to where this team of leaders are and would push us to the next level of leadership.  I would love an opportunity to learn these principles and then be able to teach them to those who are blinded by positions and false hopes of titles.

  • STC

    i am a pastor and i realize that today often that means you are hired to minister and therefore respected for that position and (assumed) knowledge. i realize that is a bit trite and not entirely true, however it does bear a portion of where we are as an American church culture.
    i love the concepts that Maxwell offers in the 5 levels: particularly #4 and #5.  the people devlelopment comes over time and it becomes evident (sometimes quickly) if we are truly caring for or pastoring people as we are called to do. the 5th speaks especially about the need to remember what the ‘calling’ to leadership (in this case, ministry) is about; i.e., who we are – people with a passion ofr serving God first then other people,  and what we represent – the Kingdom.
    when we forget the 5th level, we get stuck somewhere between #1 and #2 and never operate with the correct motivation. unfortunately, that often leads to burn-out in my ‘profession.’

    keep up the great blogs, they are making an impact in my life and ministry.

  • http://www.peoplepotentialgroup.com Nancy

    Would love to learn what the highest level leaders do and how to build that into my leadership and the leaders that I coach.

  • Matthew Davis

    We went through the 21 Laws of Leadership in my MBA program and the book was amazing.  I remember how great it was identifying everyones strengths and weaknesses.  13 years after it was first published the book was still relevant.  I expect nothing less from 5 Levels.

    Leading a group of supply chain professionals with very diverse roles I have found they all see me differently, some respect me some don’t.  I feel the all pin me at different “levels”  JM’s books bring levity and clarity to leadership.

    I have a feeling after reading this book I will pass it on as I have the 21 Laws.  That reminds me I need to ask for it back and pass it to someone else.

  • http://www.iWorksForLife.com Gary Hedges

    I have spent 19 years pastoring  and several years in business.  I started following John and receving his material before he went to pastor in California.  He has been responsible for much of the formation of any leadership knowledge and skills I currently possess.  I have recently become refocused as a student in his leadership team, desiring to finish well the last third of my service to others.  I am going to get the book even if I don’t win it, but winning it would surely be helpful at this stage.  Thank you for your consideration.  And whether I win a copy or not, please thank Center Street Press for their generosity.

  • Abdullah Birdsong

    I have always benefited greatly from the wisdom and expertise of John Maxwell. This new work intrigues me because over the past ten years I have served with leaders from the five levels John mentions. Now, as a lead pastor of a new church plant, I desire to be a “pinnacle” leader. I’ve learned the best of the worst and the worst of the best. So, I’m excited about what John has to offer as I “press toward the mark of the high calling!”

  • Chris Thurman

    When it comes to learning leadership, John Maxwell is a master teacher!  His concepts are simple, yet profound.  What intrigues me about this book, after his many others, is the concept of varying degrees of leadership and how John will relate how to move beyond just positional leadership.   A leader isn’t a leader until he/she has followers, and John can relate the idea of having “influence” and how to attain it better than anyone.  I plan to apply this book in my leadership roles at work (Sr. V.P. of regional bank), at church (Adult co-ed Sunday School and deacon), and home (husband and father of two).  My name is Chris, and John is my friend!  Thanks, Michael!

  • Anonymous

    Maxwell’s thinking and writing always combines spiritual truths with secular practicality.  I always learn from him.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=104701019 Ronnie J. LaLande

    I find it interesting to be able to define leadership potential in only 5 levels…not surprised that John would make it so consice and user friendly

  • Jason Hamnett

    I’m intrigued by the book to see where I fall on the 5 levels of leadership and how I can take practical steps to higher levels of leadership.  I read the 21 laws book a few years ago and found the book helpful in identifying areas to grow in my leadership. I would love to go through another one of Maxwell’s books and continue growing as a leader using this book as a tool.

  • http://joeandancy.com/ Joe Abraham

    What attracts me is the title of the book: “The 5 Levels of Leadership: Proven Steps to Maximize Your Potential”. I am eager to know which level I am in and how to grow into the level of maximum impact. 

  • http://www.tnealtarver.wordpress.com TNeal

    Let me get in the next-John-Maxwell-book line. I see it’s a long one (and rightfully so). I have no problem promoting a Maxwell book based on my previous reads. I read his “21 Irrefutable Laws…” over 15 years ago and still remember his practical advice. I read “Everyone Communicates, Few Connect” this past summer and applied its wisdom immediately as I traveled and spoke in the Middle East. John writes well and his passion for leadership warms then heats up the reader’s heart as it blazes through the pages.

  • HDFlanagan

    I am working on becoming a leader in my organization, and I’m very interested in the steps between Position and Permission especially, since that seems like the biggest leap to me.

  • Suzana Milijasevic Djuric

    To be a leader is never easy. I was a co-founder and creative director in marketing agency and now I’m developing my own strategic marketing agency. I have to learn how to be a better leader, because I understood that a good leader always must be ahead, must be a good listener, must understand, and know when and how to help. I was too understanding, but my colleagues followed me.

    I like that open, honest and easy to understand writing style mentioned in John’s new book. I’m sure that I’ll learn a lot from it. Thanks in advance if you choose me.

  • Kevin P.

    I’m at the stage in my career where I’m not satisfied with where I am or what I’m doing.  I feel that I’m not in a position to make the most of my abilities, and I’d like to take everything to the next level, but I need a plan to do so.  The pointers on how to move to the next level of leadership will be crucial in putting together that plan.

  • http://craigtowens.com/ Craig Owens

    I have heard John speak on these five levels of leadership before. So I am very excited to now have this profound teaching in print. I am one of those people John mentioned that have benefitted from these principles, so I cannot wait to dive into this book!

  • Joyreneeb

    Both my husband and I are deeply involved in roles that require us to be efficient leaders.  Good leadership comes naturally to my husband.  I could use more work on it! :)

  • Simon Fogg

    I have been through John Maxwell’s 3 year Million Leader Mandate programme in York (UK) a couple or so years ago. The 5 levels were covered in brief. It would be great to have deeper input on this subject and apply it in my various leadership roles as a father, line manager, service manager, project manager, trustee/director of a not-for profit charitable organisation and member of a church leadership team.

  • Benjie Danquah

    I have always been a huge John Maxwell reader. Been from Ghana West Africa, John Maxwell’s books on leadership helped shape my views in many ways. I am very excited about this new book and very eager to see what more John is going to challenge me to do. Thanks 

    Benjie Danquah

  • http://twitter.com/JHaskellTweets Jonathan Haskell

    Maxwell is one of my favorite authors.  His stories are captivating and his applications are very applicable.  I have not only benefited from his lessons, but I have also been able to share them with pastors and church planters around the world and now, my own kids.  I would love to have a copy of the book so that I may continue to grow and develop as a leader. 

  • Dwg898

    My career has been slowly moving in an upwards direction where I have begun to move into management and on track to a senior level position. I have read his other books and look forward to reading this one to add to my toolbox in order to advance my career while helping others to be the best they can be professionally and personally.

  • Bart

    Years ago I held leadership positions in various places/organizations. Through a few turns in life, I’ve moved past them and into a new career. However, as a result, I’m no longer in a position of leadership and have been unable to bust through an unseen ceiling.

    So I have these questions… Where did I go wrong? Do I still have what it takes to lead? How do I get back on track? Etc.

    I heard John Maxwell for his 15 minutes during the Chick-Fil-a Leadercast, and his talk was the most thought provoking for me. I even blogged about it. I would hope that the book would be a chance to look objectively at where I’m at and where I can go from here.

  • Tim Ake

    I’ve always enjoyed John Maxwell’s writing, and this book looks like another winner. Leadership is a dying art, and we can all learn more about how to be leaders in our work, our homes, and our churches.

  • Bill Finch

    John Maxwell has been particularly used by God to help leaders lead.  I am looking forward to this book.  I have read them both in Spanish and English, very helpful for both groups. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/lennon.noland Lennon Scott Noland

    I am in the process of planting a new ministry at Duke University. I’m intrigued by this book because, in starting from the ground up with my new endeavor, it looks to be a great tool to guide me through the stages of ministry. 

    Indeed, I am starting with zero influence at one of the world’s most prestigious schools (with an godly agenda not welcomed by all) with a dream that, if fulfilled, would necessitate me reaching each of the 5 levels described here.

    I want a copy of this book because I NEED this type of help, and because I need to be better than I am to fulfill God’s vision for my life and ministry.

  • http://twitter.com/scsquared Shikisha Cowan

    I’ve been reading John Maxwell’s books since my brother @CheCowan:twitter introduced me to the 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership. It helped me to recognise the predisposition I had to be a leader based on his definition of a leader being someone that has a positive influence on others, and the importance of developing other aspects, especially being unafraid of admitting mistakes.

    I have since held positions which gave me the opportunity to grow my circle of influence and have the immense pleasure of sharing with others what my brother shared with me, John’s books. I now look for his books to give as gifts for birthdays, Christmas but most importantly as encouragement to others. The 360 degree Leader is the one I give most often, I gave all 33 members of my University’s Student’s Union Council when I sat on it in 2009/10, and continue to give the Executive members of councils since the ones I find most appropriate for them.

    Having The 5 Levels of Leadership added to my reading collection, means a new opportunity to learn from John’s writings as well as something new to gift to the leaders around me.

  • Jennifer Peterson

    I am beginning to take some leadership positions in various volunteer and work groups in which I participate.  I want to learn more about how to lead properly – be the one people want to follow.  I am most interested in finding out what Mr. Maxwell’s levels of leadership entail.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=775127785 Ken Morrow

    I have watch John Maxwell speak for years in many settings, from business to church. He is in a class of his own. None are better. Ken Morrow

  • http://twitter.com/Jeff_Charles Jeff Charles

    I’ve never read one of John C. Maxwell’s books, but I have been desiring to become an effective leader at my work, in church, and in my home with my family.  I’ve heard great things about John C. Maxwell and this book sounds like it would be a good intro for me as far as reading his work.  I’d very much love to benefit from his knowledge, expertise, and experience.

  • Aaron Anderson

    I am a huge fan of John Maxwell. As well as anything he writes. I read a quote once that has truly stuck with me. It said ” that in years to come you will be the same person except for the people you meet and the books that you read.” well if that’s the case then I want to soke up as much as I can as leader so that I may be an efffective leader but even more effective developer of other leaders. I have read many of his book and I have some even waiting on my to read list, I would love to add The 5 Levels of Leadership to the collection of leadership wisdom books. Readers are leaders!!!!

  • http://www.generaciondeconquistadores.com Jorge Rosado

    When I heard John Maxwell talking about the Five Levels of Leadership at the Chick-Fil-A Leadercast, I was excited because, as he said, that’s what he’s been teaching for the last thirty years. I have great expectations about the profoundness and experience this book will have in inspiring each leader to move towards a new level. I believe this book will help me discover in a better way, where I am and how to grow.

  • Bobthegroot

    Hi I’m a missionary from holland. My dream is to work with orphans and families in African countries. The you lead in Africa is different then in America or in holland. But when i read 21 irrefutable laws I learned so much. Even how to apply leadership in a continent and culture like Africa. That’s why I would love to have this book, to learn more about leadership.

  • http://jeremyteran.wordpress.com JTeran

    I am interested in this book since I have read “The 21 Laws…” and have been studying leadership recently.  I’m currently reading EntreLeadership so this could be a good book to follow that material.  Earlier today I found myself flipping through a binder from a leadership class I took at work, so hopefully this desire means God is preparing me for something new!

  • Apompo

    As a leader in many settings (home, local church, work, hockey/lacrosse coach), I feel a responsibility to get better.  Except for actually leading stuff – reading is a great way to do so.  I’m a John Maxwell fan, and know that I’d enjoy this book….and suspect that those I lead would be grateful as well (smile).

    • Apompo

      Ooops…  Should have said “Second only to actually leading stuff, reading is a great way to do so”.

  • Karen Logan

    I am a 1st year doctoral student in organizational leadership at a secular school. I am in the process of designing my research study and I believe that your book will be a great resource for my study as well as in personal uses.

    • Kat1218

      My goal is to write about servant leadership and Christian faith despite being in a secular college.

    • Karen Logan

      John Maxwell not “your”

  • http://twitter.com/WadeSKerns Wade S. Kerns

    I am a middle school assistant principal at a suburban public school. Teachers are a difficult group of people to lead, not because of their faults, but because of their virtues. Teachers tend to be independent, creative, passionate people who know what they believe and believe it with strong conviction. As a group, they follow no one due solely to their position; they need to believe in what you are about as a leader and as an individual before they’ll get in line behind you. Sounds like that is exactly what John Maxwell is talking about – I’d love to add this book to my collection of his works. 

  • Jeremy

    I am curious about this book because I would like to know how this can be related to me becoming a better leader for my family. I enjoy John’s writing style and the subjects he writes about.

  • Guest

    What intrigues me about The 5 Levels of Leadership is to see what I need to learn & do to get to Level 5. I’m a Assistant Principal and for the last 5-7 years I have applied for Principal positions but I’m always the bridesmaid never the bride. Teachers love and my boss loves my work ethics. I have read Mr. Maxwell’s books including Leadership Gold but obviously I’m missing an important step. I’m starting to believe my wife’s thought that my boss is not a mentor and that Hispanics just don’t have that favor of  being able to break into & become part of the ISD Administration inner circle. I need this book.

  • http://twitter.com/lbrmceo Jim Lewis

    Wow. I love Maxwell’s writing! This is going to be one of the next books on my Leadership shelf, but I think it won’t find its way to the shelf for a while . . . it will be on my desk and my nighstand for some time. Having just completed an MA in Global Leadership at Fuller Theologocal Seminary, I yet have a settled position in my leadership emergence . . . These five levels are what I have been endeavoring to realize in my leadership. Thralls’ Ascent “Ladder” may connect well with Maxwell’s Levels and present more foundation for my leadership formation as I seek to become the leader my staff deserves. Whether through this opportunity, or via Amazon, this is my next read!

  • Jerrybrawner

    Everything does rise and falls on leadership. I have witnessed how the absents of leadership skills bring down an organization or group.  I also have witnessed how a good leader can pull up that same organization or group to new levels of achievment.

    I have been blessed and enriched by some of John’s other books and would enjoy the opportunity to get my hands on yet surely another great book to learn from.  I have been able to take elements from his book “Everyone Communicates Few Connect” to improve my public speaking venues.  I continue to use “The 21 Irrefutable Laws Of Leadership” to improve my leadership skill understanding.  I hope to add his latest book to my library.

    John has a gift in providing information in a smooth and connecting manner. Thanks for this opportunity to get a FREE book.

    God Bless

  • Tony C

    I am intrigued by books related to leadership. Reading this overview gave me a change to looked inward at my own leadership skills as well as the characteristics of my current and past managers. I would be thrilled to receive a free copy of this book! 

  • Joseph Kimani

    I have been struck by the fact that I could be thinking I am a leader simply because I hold a leadership position.I would really love to learn more. John C. Maxwell has really influenced me over the years. Our church has designed a 2 years Strategic Leadership Training(SLT)literally curved and gravitating around John’s wisdom in his books. I would like to enrich myself and the church leadership team further with this book. Waiting anxiously!

    Joseph Kimani-Kenya

  • Cherylbvanwinkle

    As a woman who is a Christian leader I would like to know how to improve my skills and become more effective. I love the way John writes and believe him to be one of the most prolific writers of our day. I am trying to build a team of others to start a new church plant in our area and have been praying for direction, timing and methods that God wants to use. I hope I win this book and that it will help me and my husband.

  • Kcnotek

    Quite honestly, I seem to be right regarding real-time decisions; events that affect the future. As an example, I foresaw that a club my band plays at would close, as they were having financial problems. I suggested we learn some more songs and see about booking other venues. At the same time, I pointed out things costing the club money that  I saw to the owner. The owner saw my observations as intrusive, and dismissed me as incompetent. My band members thought I was making mountains out of molehills, and dismissed me as paranoid. Yet 3 months later, the club closed, and a for-sale sign now adorns their front door.
    I’m thinking a better knowledge of leadership would have allowed me to present my insights more effectively, and motivated my band members to action, and perhaps my club-owning customer to reflection. Is there some method to getting people to realize you’re only trying to help? 

  • Robin Stark

    I find myself leading in different capacities, wherever I am, whether I intend to or not.  Recently I attended a “Get in the Game ” meeting at our church for the purpose of just seeing what the new members were learning, and within 10 minutes was asked to lead a table of people who were new to our church.  What a spiritual blast it was!  5 weeks later, two of the ladies accepted Christ as their Savior. 

    This week concluded my 2nd 5-week Journey with a group of new church members, and a sweet single mom accepted Christ.  It seems that since that class is over, 5 of the ladies are following me to join a Bible study in our women’s ministry.  I’m starting with another group of new potential church members this week, and can’t wait to be a part of what God will do.

    Leading requires followers, those who believe and trust you in what you’re saying and doing.  I look for every opportunity to grow in my leadership skills so that God can use me to make a difference in other’s lives at a time that it makes a difference.

    I’ve read John Maxwell’s books, attended many of his seminars, and learn from him when he preaches at our church (he is one of our teaching pastors).  I love the description and points of the book, and can’t wait to read it entirely!! 

    Desiring to Help Others Become Better at Making a Difference

    “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.” (Hebrews 10:24 NIV)Robin Stark

  • http://armandpolanski.wordpress.com/ Armand Polanski

    Fantastic Michael!

    I am true John Maxwell fan, read his book 21 irrefutable laws 2 times, listened to his audiobook, “Today Matters”, read “Laws of Team Work” and Leadership 101.

    Just a brief story:

    Way back in college, I thought life was just about partying and giving no damn about anything. I became careless with my grades, my career and my life. I did not go to class for several days, cheated on most of my exams and neglected class requirements. Then light shined over me when my mentor introduced me to his teachings. 

    His book “21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership” gave direction and understanding of how life should be lived and since then, I continued to patronize John Maxwell’s work.

    I’m excited to read his newly launched book, it’s sad I did not reach your 100 book promotion.

    Cheers and Always be Awesome!

    Armand Polanski

  • Wendy

    THANK YOU for my free book.  I just received it today and the best part is today is my birthday!! :-)  What a great gift! Thanks again!!

  • Tunde_oladimeji

    I have just joined your suscription list and I am really enjoying your posts.I have read alot of join Maxwell’s books and really interested in this one. I do leadership training for young leaders and Pastors here in Nigeria.I am still looking for more books on leadership to recommend to the students in our new graduate Seminary in the Anglican church in Nigeria.I will be glad if I could have one of the new books

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  • Jerry Wisniewski

    I am starting a Bible study using the Maxwell Leadership Bible. My goal is to have a group of 7 who will be empowered to find their own group of 7 and continue this process to infinity.
    I am retired with minimal income so anything that you can do to help me out will be a blessing.
    Thank you
    Jerry Wisniewski
    jw@godbringsgood:disqus .com

  • Floyd G Jones

    I bought my own copy and look forward to reading it.

  • Eddie Bakker

    It makes leadership attainable und motivates one to go for the pinnacle

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1596014346 Hasan Jaffal

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