You can’t lead people until you like people

Leadership is about influence, and you cannot truly influence people if you depend on your position. That’s why moving to level 2, permission, is the first step to becoming a real leader.

Level 2 leaders make the workplace more enjoyable. This is because they are more focused on people instead of themselves. They move from “me” to “we”. It’s a mistake to only care about your position and your career advancement. Good leaders want other people on the team to succeed.

Leadership permission increases the energy level within the team because people like to spend time with each other.

Leadership permission opens up channels for communication. Instead of having a top-down relationship, you have a side-by-side relationship.