Level-5 Leadership

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Running Head: Level-5 Leadership 1 Level-5 Leadership Andrew McCleskey Grantham University BA420 Organizational Behavior
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Level-5 Leadership 2 Level-5 Leadership Level-5 Leaders are what all people in supervisory or managerial positions should strive to be. The characteristics of Level 5 leaders are what makes them, and their organizations rise above the fray. These leaders set standards and adhere to their own strict guidelines. To be a Level-5 leader means that you must do what is right for the organization even if it means setting your own personal agenda aside for the greater good. This may even include sacrificing your own personal gain for the benefit of the organization. According to Jon Jenkins and Gerrit Visser, a level-5 leader is the executive who "Builds enduring greatness through a paradoxical blend of personal humility, and professional will." These leaders are described as being timid and ferocious, shy and fearless and modest with a fierce, unwavering commitment to high standards. These leaders portray these qualities in everything they do. These qualities include; inspired standards to motivate, they channel ambition to the company, they assume responsibility for poor results and give credit to others, they have unwavering resolve to produce long-term According to Jim Collins in is article Level 5 Leadership, The Triumph of Humility and Fierce Resolve he state s that “Humility plus Will equals Level-5 leadership.” Collins basically says that to be a level-5 leader you cannot let your ego get in the way of your ambition to create an enduring great organization. In his study, he noticed similar traits in all of the level-5 leaders that they encountered. All of them were modest and somewhat shy. These traits were often mistaken for inner weakness. Referring back to these defining qualities of level-5 leaders they are the individuals that tend to people first and business strategy second. (Collins, 2001) They get rid of the people that are not qualified or driven enough to accomplish the task at hand, and
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Level-5 Leadership 3 replace them with individuals who are self-disciplined and are willing to go to lengths to fulfill their responsibilities. Level-5 leaders utilize Motivational techniques to push subordinates to their full potential and only do the things they are deeply passionate about. This passion is not stimulated or imposed but discovered. They find the one thing the organization can be the best at and pursue it by deciding what the most effective way to achieve the organization’s goal and help the
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