Halle Madison Borkowski

Waterford, Mi

John C. Maxwell discusses the five levels of leadership and mentions what is involved in each level. The ultimate level is a level five pinnacle leader which is very rare to achieve. Level five goes beyond helping others to achieve level-four people development, but the person creates a legacy that others strive to follow. The goal for this project is to find a leader who successfully meets all levels of leadership and what they have done to reach this outstanding level. Abraham Lincoln is one of the most influential U.S. presidents to date. His leadership skills move far past those of a positional leader, as president of the U.S. and bring him to a level five pinnacle leader based on Maxwell’s (2011) Five Levels of Leadership. Lincoln began his presidency with many people skeptical of his lack of experience as a government official. By taking the time to meet with as many people as he could in formal and informal situations; civilians, troops, and other government officials, he grew to be more respected. From establishing great and trusting relationships and providing a clear vision for what he expected from his subordinates as well as what they could expect from him, Abraham Lincoln was able to preserve the federal Union, free the slaves with the Emancipation Proclamation, and expanded the limits of authority and power that were given to the president by the Constitution. He stayed up to date on the current war and was always there when his troops needed him to take charge by his decisive and strong demeanor. He grew his team of cabinet members and commanding generals and never let them feel like they were beneath him. His successes with relationships, production, and helping his team grow have continued to be goals for many leaders pushing to reach a level five pinnacle leader status.