The more we are each able to be aware of our own strengths and weaknesses, manage our own emotions, be willing to put effort in to achieve success, have sensitivity when it comes to others and be willing and able to successfully interact with each other, the more well-adjusted and productive we become.
How to Become a Level 5 Leader
It takes time and effort to become a Level 5 Leader. But the good news is that it can be done, especially if you have the passion to try
Again, it’s important to realize that you don’t have to progress through each level in turn in order to get to Level 5. But you do need the capabilities found in each level in order to achieve Level 5 status.
Here are some strategies that will help you grow emotionally and professionally, so that you can develop the qualities of a Level 5 Leader:
The concept of Level 5 Leadership was created by business consultant, Jim Collins. He wrote about it in a well-respected 2001 Harvard Business Review article, and published his research in his popular book, “From Good to Great.” The concept came about during a study that began in 1996, when Collins began researching what makes a great company. He started by looking at 1,435 companies, and ended up choosing 11 truly great ones. These 11 companies were all headed by what Collins called Level 5 Leaders.
He found that these leaders have humility, and they don’t seek success for their own glory; rather, success is necessary so that the team and organization can thrive. They share credit for success, and they’re the first to accept blame for mistakes. Collins also says that they’re often shy, but fearless when it comes to making decisions, especially ones that most other people consider risky.
Level 5 Leaders also possess qualities found in four other levels of leadership that Collins identified. Although you don’t have to pass sequentially through each individual level before you become a Level 5 Leader, you must have the skills and capabilities found in each level of the hierarchy.
Let’s look at each of the five levels in more detail: