Are You a Level 5 Leader? Level 5 leaders focus on the interest of the company before themselves. They check their egos at the door. They are modest, humble and fearless. In part one of our DLB Consulting Book Study series, we’re exploring level 5 leadership. If you don’t have your book, you can order it through my affiliate link at Amazon.com.
Level 5 Hierarchy
Level 5 leadership is the first of two concepts in the Disciplined People stage of the Good to Great framework. It refers to the highest level of executive capabilities, which are:
- Level 5: The executive who builds enduring greatness through humility and professional will.
- Level 4: The highly committed effective leader who passionately pursues a clear vision with high performance standards.
- Level 3: The competent manager who effectively and efficiently organizes people and resources towards the goal.
- Level 2: The contributing team member who effectively works with others through individual contributions towards the goal.
- Level 1: The highly capable individual who contributes talent, knowledge, and skills towards the goal.
Level 5 Leader Attributes
Level 5 leaders exists all around us. They are the leaders who achieve greatness and never attribute the success to themselves. They are the lynchpins in the company that go above an beyond their job role, work with diligence, have intense focus, and declare others as the heroes. To identify them look for the following attributes:
- Ambition for the Company: Level 5 leaders hire strong successors and set them up for success.
- Compelling Modesty: Level 5 leaders produce extraordinarily results and are often described as humble, modest, reserved, shy, gracious, mild-mannered, self-effacing, understated, or simple.
- Unwavering Resolve: Level 5 leaders have intense determination to do what must be done, often times going against the grain. They work more like a plow horse than a show horse.
- Window and the Mirror Mentality: Level 5 leaders credit others for the success of the project, while blaming themselves for failures. They often attribute their success to outside factors, such as the industry, life events, blessings and good luck.
How to Attain to Level 5 Leadership
There are no magical steps to attain to the level 5 leader and you don’t have to go through each of the executive levels to get there. The secret to level 5 leadership is to encompass all four attributes described in this post. If you don’t currently have them, you can work to integrate them into your leadership style one trait at a time.
Do you know a level 5 leader? If you’d like to recognize them, leave a comment below. I’d love to recognize them too.