Category Archives: Leadership

Are you a Level 5 Leader?


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.

FIERCE RESOLVE
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.”

Recommended reading: “Built to Last” and “Good to Great” by Jim Collins

Leadership Development

Recently our Regional Managers, Alex Smith, PE and Jodie Nixon, PE, attended the Bell Leadership Institute’s Achievers™ conference in Raleigh, NC.  The Bell Leadership Institute is a leading organization in executive education and development helping organizations through its programs and services since 1972.  The focus of the Achievers™ conference is “become a great leader by building yourself first”.  The three-day training conference is designed to help you lead like the best in the world with a deep understanding of your personal strengths, weaknesses and motivations.

The training program is based on a half century of research and consulting with thousands of leaders across the world.  Achievers™ is unlike other programs in that it goes deeper, providing key understandings of why you behave as you do. Knowing yourself deeply and how your behaviors affect others enables you to develop your unique leadership style.  With Bell’s model, personal assessments and those from invited colleagues, attendees are provided with a deep understanding of their behaviors, thought patterns and then a plan for developing into a well-balanced leader.

“I am glad that I invested the time to go through the Achievers™ training program.  I was encouraged by receiving a better understanding of my strengths and challenged to make improvements with a better understanding of my weaknesses.  My eyes were opened and I now have a better understanding of why I think and behave certain ways.  With knowledge, the path of improvement is much easier to follow.  I would encourage other companies to invest in their team members with Bell’s Achievers™ program.” – Jodie Nixon, PE

To learn more about this program visit https://www.bellleadership.com/seminars/achievers/