Written by Dr. Steve Whitaker, Head of School
Level One Leaders use their position to advance their agenda.
Level Two Leaders have gained the permission or support of the followers to advance their agenda.
Level Three Leaders acquire support based on production or results that have been demonstrated.
Level Four Leaders are people developers and their teams flourish through empowerment.
Level Five Leaders are followed because of their personhood.
My life has been profoundly impacted by a Level Five Leader. This particular leader had a rather humble start. He was not selected most likely to succeed by his classmates. He was born into a dysfunctional home with an alcoholic father and an adulterous mother. Leaving home at just 16 years old, he moved to another state in hopes of starting a new life for himself. Yet despite these difficulties as a young man, he went on to become one of the greatest leaders I have ever known. Here are just a few of the lessons I have learned from him:
The Level Five Leader who I learned the most from was my father – he was my mentor and a mentor to many others! His life was a letter written not on stone but on the tablets of the human heart. (2 Corinthians 3:3)
On March 14, 2010, I received a call from my mother. She said, “Steve, yesterday your dad preached his last sermon. He went to bed on Sunday night and died of a heart attack.”
His death left me broken hearted. He is no longer on this earth, but in heaven with the Savior he loved so much. Today his legacy is still impacting countless individuals. He was an amazing husband, a wonderful dad, and a loving grandpa. His influence lives on through the lives of those whom he touched and through the lessons he taught. He was the embodiment of Level Five Leadership!