Level Three Leadership

Welcome to Level Three Leadership!  Here you can find text and video on the following topics:  

  1. Level Three Leadership (L3L)
  2. Teaching Technique particularly Case Method instruction (for teachers, instructors, consultants and facilitators)
  3. Career Management (finding fit between you and the demands of your job)
  4. A Song of Humanity: A Science-Based Alternative to the World’s Scriptures
  5. Powered by FEEL: how individuals, teams, and companies excel (Does how you feel affect your performance?)
  6. Wiki-Cases in Management: An open site with over a hundred free, short-cases on various topics in management.

The links above will give you Tables of Contents of the material in each section.  If you would like access to some or all of the content, sign up for your preferred membership level on our REGISTRATION page

Level Three Leadership?  What is that, you ask?  The three levels we refer to here are three domains of human behavior.

  1. Level One (L1) refers to visible behavior, anything you can capture on film, what people say and do.
  2. Level Two (L2) refers to conscious thought.  We think, we know that we think, and we choose not to reveal all that we think at Level One. Sometimes what we think at Level Two leaks to Level One in a smile, a frown, a sigh or other “tells.”
  3. Level Three refers to our semi-conscious or pre-conscious Values, Assumptions, Beliefs, and Expectations about the way the world is or should be.  Call them VABEs for short.

Each level has a series of influence techniques associated with it and from those corresponding levels of Buy-In.  Level One leadership is very common but relatively superficial.  If you want to “get below the surface” of how to influence, you must explore Levels Two and especially Three.  In my view, beyond genetic drives, “it all comes down to VABEs.”

When my book Level Three Leadership First Edition came out, I remember a colleague said you must be upset because Jim Collins just published an article on “Level Five Leadership.”  I wasn’t.  Jim’s five levels are subordinate, supervisor, manager, leader and a special kind of leader that he defines as having determination and humility.  Merely five levels of hierarchy, so no, not contradictory at all.  By the way, on the humility issue, read Jeff Pfeffer’s book, Leadership B. S.

After five editions of Level Three Leadership: Getting Below the Surface and more than 200 seminars worldwide, I am confident that the structure of Level Three Leadership and its associated concepts are robust, alive, and very practical.  For alumni of those seminars and anyone wanting to learn more, here is an easy to access summary of the key principles.

One thought on “Level Three Leadership

  1. Dear Professor Clawson,

    Two great ideas: this website and the “Fundamentals of L3L”!!! They will allow your work to be known and adopted by an even bigger and qualified audience! Just as you deserve…

    Congratulations, success and happiness,

    Fabio de Biazzi

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