HUMILITY + WILL
Jim Collins in “Good to Great” defines Level 5 Leaders as those who blend personal humility with intense professional will. While Collin’s team didn’t set out to focus on leadership, during their research they observed that Level 5 leaders were at the helm of every Good to Great company during their transition to greatness. The difference between Level 4’s and Level 5’s is one of direction. While Level 4’s are effective, they focus inwardly on success. Level 5’s use their immense energy to forward the larger cause rather than themselves. Unlike conventional wisdom that may seek a larger than life CEO, successful companies require leaders that are a blend of personal humility and fierce resolve.
SETTING UP SUCCESSORS
Unlike their Level 4 counterparts, Level 5’s see the future of their organizations as being brighter after their departure. They work hard to set up their successor to be even more successful. Rather than quick returns and personal accolades, Level 5’s seek to create an enduring organization.
While humble and outwardly looking, Level 5’s have a strong professional will to do what must be done to move the organization forward. They are fanatically driven to produce results. With high standards, Level 5’s often set aside tradition and nepotism to recruit the best possible team members. They will change with the times and rebuild as needed.
Harry S. Truman said, “You can accomplish anything in life, provided that you do not mind who gets the credit.”