Leadership is not a stagnant position – leaders are ever-evolving and require consistent growth to maintain and to improve that position. With all the courses you can take and the teachers you can listen to, leadership skills can be honed in many ways. But you can not only be a better leader with PCM, you can also improve your ability to positively interact with everyone in your life.

What is PCM?

PCM, or the Process Communication Model, is the world’s premier behavior-based tool to more effectively communicate. Learning PCM enables you to evaluate, understand, and best interact with everyone around you on a second-by-second basis.

Implementing PCM training into your life is an absolute game-changer. Just look at those who have used PCM training in the past: elected politicians like Bill Clinton, wildly successful companies like Pixar, and even NASA – which used PCM techniques to select their astronaut program candidates.

So if your goal is to be a better leader, PCM is the tool that can get you there.

John Maxwell’s 5 Levels of Leadership

To better understand leadership as a system that you can improve upon, let’s take a look at John Maxwell’s 5 Levels of Leadership.

Models like this are observable and measurable, so you can evaluate yourself and determine the actions you can take to move on that scale.

We can all see someone who’s categorized as a great leader, but oftentimes we can’t see how to reach that same level of leadership. Maxwell’s categorization of leadership levels allows anyone to read the material, take a step back, and ask themselves “What level of leadership am I at?”

Once you know where you fall on the scale and you decide where you want to be, there’s no excuse as to why you can’t get it done with roadmaps like this.

You can listen to John Maxwell discuss his 5 Levels of Leadership here or read on for a breakdown and how it connects to PCM.

Essentially, this is the breakdown of John Maxwell’s 5 Levels of Leadership:

Level 1 – Position

  • Lowest level of leadership
  • Requires no ability or effort to achieve, assigned role
  • People only do what you say because they have to
  • Not truly leading people, people only follow if they want to
  • Lots of pushback and issues – low morale and motivation

Level 2 – Permission

  • Based on relationship
  • People follow you because they want to
  • To get here, Leaders must get to know their people and connect with them
  • On this level, leaders like people and treat them as individuals who have value, this is how you develop positive influence with them
  • Trust grows and leads to respect

Level 3 – Production

  • Level 3 is about motivating people to get things done!  A “do it first and do it right” level
  • Leaders who produce results build their influence and credibility
  • People still follow because they want to, but they also do it because the leaders have track records
  • Change Agents – work gets done, morale improves, profits go up, turnover goes down, and goals are achieved

Level 4 – People Development

  • Reproduction level
  • Goal is to identify and develop as many leaders as you can by investing in them and helping them grow
  • The more leaders there are, the more the organization’s mission can be accomplished
  • When you invest in your people, you can reproduce yourself
  • People will follow you because of what you’ve done, results they’ve seen
  • Some mentoring relationships may last a lifetime

Level 5 – Pinnacle

  • Requires longevity and intentionality
  • Unlocks only if you’re willing to invest your life into the lives of others for the long haul
  • Attainable by growing yourself at every level, and developing leaders who are willing and able to develop other leaders
  • Creates a legacy
  • People follow these leaders because of who they are and what they represent, these leaders gain a positive reputation

Levels of Leadership and PCM

Maxwell’s 5 Levels of Leadership is just like the systematic approach of PCM. All of his material stacks on top of each other, just like the PCM system of communication.

In both systems, Level 1 material must still be practiced at all of the other levels. Level 3 could not be obtained if you lose elements from Level 1 and Level 2…and so on.

Another concept that Maxwell applies to the 5 Levels of Leadership is the individualistic approach. Maxwell says that you are likely at different levels of leadership with every other individual – you’re not at the same level with everyone in your life.

Once you grasp that fact, you can spend time sorting through which level you’re at with all the people in your life to whom you’d like to apply this model and training.

Be a Better Leader with PCM

With PCM we teach people about existential positioning and how this impacts our relationships with others.

With one person you might be at peace with, you show this person respect and you believe they do the same with you. On the best days and the worst days, you can interact with this person and still show the same love you always share with them.

You might have another person in your life with whom you have issues. With this person, it doesn’t matter if you just won the lottery and solved most of your problems, they can still easily set you off because the foundation of your relationship is skewed.

You lost respect for this person or they hurt you in some way, and ever since, you’ve looked at them through that lens, even when there is nothing but sunshine and rainbows in the sky.

Just like the 5 levels of leadership, I don’t believe PCM is an instantaneous fix to any problem or solution. PCM is an investment that enriches your life, just like learning and growing through the 5 levels of leadership.

Although I think PCM is not instantaneous, I do think that taking a PCM course will almost instantly promote you to level 2 leadership. With practice and reflection, you’ll be able to take yourself to level 3 in no time at all.

If you want to be a better leader, PCM is the greatest tool to get yourself and others up to level 5.

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