Level 5 leadership : Jim Collins
“Speak softly, but carry a big stick.” Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States of America

Level 5 leaders look out the window to apportion credit to factors outside themselves when things go well (and if they cannot find a specific person or event to give credit to, they credit good luck). At the same time, they look in the mirror to apportion responsibility, never blaming bad luck when things go poorly.

Level 5 leaders channel their ego needs away from themselves and into the larger goal of building a great company. It’s not that Level 5 leaders have no ego or self-interest. Indeed, they are incredibly ambitious—but their ambition is first and foremost for the institution, not themselves.
Level 5 Executive
Effective Leader
Competent Manager
Contributing Team Member
Level -1
Highly Capable Individual

Level 5 combines will and humility
Professional Will
Personal Humility
—Creates superb results
—Unwavering resolve to do whatever must be done
—Sets standard of building
—Looks into the mirror, not out the window
—Demonstrates compelling modesty
—Acts with quiet, calm determination
—Channels ambition into company, not self
—Looks out the window, not in the mirror
Can You Learn to Become Level 5?
The great irony is that the animus and personal ambition that often drive people to positions of power stand at odds with the humility required for Level 5 leadership.

Combine that irony with the fact that boards of directors frequently operate under the false belief that they need to hire a larger-than-life egocentric leader.Therefore

You can see why Level 5 leaders rarely appear at the top of our institutions.

The problem is not with the availability of Level 5 leaders. The problem is recognizing that what they have is important.

Can I become a Level 5 leader?

No prescription---sorry. Except to practice the other findings that lead a company from Good to Great.

Disciplined People, Disciplined Thought,Disciplined Action

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