Successful entrepreneurs have excellent business leadership skills, don’t they? Leadership is the most important factor because only when you are able to lead from the front will you help other aspects of your business such as team building and business strategy. If you are a bad leader, the enterprise will collapse even before taking off.
Experts have compiled 5 different levels of leadership that every startup founder must go through and understand where he/she stands. Level one is, of course, the lowest.
Let’s take a look at all the levels here:
Level One – Position
The lowest level of leadership is called the Position. You may be a boss but you are not a leader. People follow you because they have no other choice. They do not follow you because they want to. You do not have team members. You have only sub ordinates that must listen to everything you say and you rely on the textbook to run the business.
Remember that you do not need special skills to be a level one leader. Just about anyone can be at this position and it is an acceptable starting point. The problem arises when you stay at this level without aiming at a higher level.
Level Two – Permission
Level two is the first step to proper leadership. When you reach this level you will find that people follow you because they want to follow you and not because they need to. This change comes because of the fact that you are emerging out of the rules, regulations, and charts, and are focusing on relationships. You are prioritizing people around you over your position and that is why there is a change in the way people are looking at you.
Level Three – Production
Productivity is the difference between successful entrepreneurs who really deserve the title and people who are namesake bosses. Leaders in this level show results and they are highly productive. No one can waltz into level three without proving what they have got because this is the level where you are supposed to show results.
Many entrepreneurs find it hard to reach this level because of lack of organization, self-ethic, discipline, or productivity skills. They have it in them to be good leaders but are not able to produce any results.
Level Four – People Development
Until level three, leaders were producers. They improved relationships with people and produced results. Leaders at level four are those who focus on people development. This is because an enterprise is made out of people. Entrepreneurs at this level nurture their team members to be leaders. Personal productivity is no longer the focus here. Results will come from the people that they nurture. The shift from being productive to developing productive team members can be quite difficult but this change promises the enterprise a bright future.
Level Five – Pinnacle
Barely any leader reaches this level. At this level are successful entrepreneurs who carry it on their sleeves. They create an environment that has something great for every single person in the organization. These leaders are highly experienced and do not rest even at this point. They are grateful, humble, and extremely hardworking, which is why they stay on top.
Which level are you at?
Learn about the different types of leaders and understand where you stand so that you know how to reach the top level where successful entrepreneurs reside. Level one may be a good place to start but you must aim at getting out of it and reaching level two and higher as soon as possible.