What is Level 5 Leader? Good to Great: A DLB Consulting Book Study

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 Level 5 Leader

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.

Good to Great – A DLB Consulting Book Study Series

When you envisioned your business your dreams reflected a great company, with great employees, and a great mission. Good to GreatSomehow the existence of your company would make this world a better place either through the products and services you offered or through employees you provided with a steady income. Where is your business now?  Perhaps your business is failing, mediocre, or performing well but not according to your dreams.   Are you ready to make it great?

Good to Great

If you’re ready to take steps towards greatness, then join us for our study of Jim Collins’ book Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…And Others Don’t. This book contains in depth research performed by his team over the course of five years.  The process of taking a company from good to great relies not on executive compensation, celebrity heroes, or any one person. But rather on the ability to adopt a framework that provides the foundation for establishing a company that can rise to the top and outperform the competition year over year. This framework includes:

1) Level 5 Leadership: Leaders with a paradoxical blend of humility and professional will, like Lincoln and Socrates.

2) First Who…Then What: The principle of hiring the right people before setting the vision and strategy.

3) Confront the Brutal Facts: The belief that through the difficult times you will prevail in the end so long as you have the discipline to confront reality.

4) The Hedgehog Concept: The intersection of three circles comprising of what you can be the best in the world at, what you are deeply passionate about, and what makes enough money.

5) A Culture of Discipline: A culture that combines disciplined people, thought, and action with an ethic of entrepreneurship.

6) Technology Accelerators: The careful section and pioneering of technology to accelerate growth rather than to ignite a transformation.

7) The Flywheel and the Doom Loop: The process of pursuing success in one direction, turn upon turn, building momentum until a point of breakthrough, and beyond.

Order Your Book

If you’re ready to become a selfless leader who builds a great team and passionately pursues a simple goal, then follow along with us as we explore this timeless classic and begin to become great ourselves. We’ll discuss each of the principles in great detail over the next few months. You can order your book from your local bookstore or through my affiliate link at Are you ready to become great?