Level 5 Leadership
(Jim Collins)

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Applying humility and strong professional willpower to leadership. Explanation of Level 5 Leadership of Jim Collins. ('01)

Contributed by: Jeffrey Pelletier MA

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Level 5 Leadership - CollinsWhat is Level 5 Leadership? Description

Level Five Leadership is based on the idea that respect towards people, selflessness by the leader, and a strong powerful commitment to achieve results, bring out the best in subordinates. Level 5 leaders are a paradoxical blend of fierce will and personal humility. They are stubborn and ruthless. Yet they are humble. They are ambitious for their company, and rarely allow their ego to be an obstacle for the success of their organization. Though they accomplish great things for their organizations, they attribute their remarkable accomplishments to their people, external factors and sheer luck. Level 5 Leaders lead with the help of disciplined people, disciplined thought and disciplined action.
 

Origin of Level 5 Leadership. History

The Level 5 Leadership theory evolved independently. It was "discovered" by Collins and his researchers in the companies which had a high level of growth over fifteen consecutive years. Compare: Servant-Leadership


Calculation of Level 5 Leadership. Formula

The Right People (culture, character rather than competence) + Humility + Strong Professional Will (regarding the goal) = Success.


Usage of Level 5 Leadership. Applications

This method apparently works every time it is tried. It is more about character than competence. A high competence is not absolutely required to be successful, but character is a non-negotiable.


Steps in Level 5 Leadership. Process

  1. Hire the right people.
  2. Deploy them in the jobs which they are "intended" to do.
  3. Set a really high long-term goal. (BHAG).

Strengths of Level 5 Leadership. Benefits

You can achieve superb results, long-term, and lasting results.


Limitations of Level 5 Leadership. Disadvantages

  • It requires a lot of time and personal investment by the leader.
  • The leader does not receive personal credit.

Assumptions of Level 5 Leadership. Conditions

This leadership methodology is emerging, and it has until now not been discussed extensively. But it appears sensible and strong.


Book: Jim Collins - Good to Great - Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don't -




Level 5 Leadership Collins Forum (16 topics) Help
  Level 5 Leaders and Organisational Culture  - I would like us to discuss how level 5 leaders contribute to creating and enriching organizational culture and in what way?
Since Level 5 leaders are expected to be above average, how do they influence organizational culture to also bring that a...
     
  Society Should Value the HELP of Level-5 Leaders  - In a world where business and economic systems interact and adapt to turbulent forces from their external environment, society should recognize and embrace ambitious leaders that desire nothing less than success for their organizations. In a quest to...      
  The Level 5 Transformative Leadership Qualities  - Summary
Level 5 Leadership is the highest level of hierarchy of executive capabilities necessary for good-to-great transformations of companies and portrays personality traits which include among others, blends of genuine personal humi...
     
  Being a Level 5 Leader  - Being wise, being ethically irreproachable is hard to learn from a book or a lecture.
To see through those who falsely claim to to be that is fairly easy unless your dealing with psychopaths.
Identify the psychopaths and escape. That...
     
  Leadership is Playing by Heart  - Leadership, in any level, is playing by heart the roles of making people prosperous, helping people grow healthily, motivating people to be professional, opening opportunities for best performing, and seaching for breakthroughs in crisis. Then you ar...      
  What Level 5 Leadership Entails  - Level 5 leadership entails a high level of sense of ownership, undiluted humility and passion for greatness with change in mind....      
  Level 5 Leadership also Applies to Life in General  - The principles applied by level 5 leaders also apply to life in general - Respect for others, humbleness, selflessness, commitment, drive and a passion to bring out the best in others. By allowing your people the glory and praise you build a committ...      
  GREAT Preformance ... Stay with Basics  - It is amazing how we human complicate things ... We try to find answers few miles away but most of the time the answers are just within an arms reach around us ... Leaders can reach GREAT success when they do the BASICS & show determination ... To UN...      
  What is Level 5 leadership?  - Level 5 leadership also includes passion, innovation, creativity and advocacy - without these traits level five is just a very good level 4...      
  L5 Leadership (vs L4)  - Do you think that L5 leaders differ from L4 ones in the level of personal humility, level of spiritual growth? They are capable to look inside as deep, as outside and see and feel emotionally much broader picture. What's your opinion?...      
  Level 5 Executive: Great Leader  - I would prefer the term "Great Leader" instead of Level Five Executive. This is in line with Lao Tsu's work on Great Leadership....      
  Meaning of Level 5 Leadership  - I don't think this page or even Collins really sums up the crucial difference between level 4 and level 5 leadership clearly enough. For me, level 4 means promoting your own solutions while level 5 draws them out of others. This makes level 5 a facil...      
  Leading People; Managing Things  - The moment you stop managing things/activities and start managing people you become a Leader.
Leadership is not about designations/hierarchy....
     
  Examples of Level 5 Leaders  - I always relate Level 5 Leadership to two key people that I have studied in depth. Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi. Both worked for the people and the a goal that was far more difficult than compared to just making a company or an organisation to s...      
  Level 5 Leaders are Humble  - Level 5 Leaders are the real leaders, they are determined consistent and yet shy and humble. They don't show off themself, don't take the credit of company's success.
How many leaders have you come across who say that the company is successful...
     
  Values of Leaders  - Character (of Leaders) is a result of their internal values:
- Self Discipline to keep you on task
- Affiliation to keep you focused on your team
- Self Esteem to allow you to complete difficult tasks
- Self Worth to allow to to s...
     



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