Monday, February 6, 2012

Levels of Leadership (from Good to Great by Jim Collins)

From the link:

  • Level 1 – Highly Capable Individual – Makes productive contributions through talent, knowledge, skills, and good work habits
  • Level 2 – Contributing Team Member – Contributes to the achievement of group objectives; works effectively with others in a group setting
  • Level 3 – Competent Manager - Organizes people and resources toward the effective and efficient pursuit of predetermined objectives
  • Level 4 – Effective Leader - Catalyzes commitment to and vigorous pursuit of a clear and compelling vision; stimulates the group to high performance standards
  • Level 5 – Executive - Builds enduring greatness through a paradoxical combination of personal humility plus professional will
Some pointers about the Level 5 Leadership for our leadership growth benefit:-
  • Level 5 leader is an individual who blends extreme personal humility with intense professional will
  • Hence, the equation is HUMILITY + WILL = LEVEL 5
  • Level 5 leaders are the one who takes companies from good results to great results
  • Getting right people and creating a culture of discipline (which consists of disciplined people, disciplined thought & disciplined action) are important factors along with Level 5
  • Level 5 leader should possess capabilities of of all lower levels along with Level 5 characteristics
  • An individual can show Level 5 Leadership & it is not necessary to move from one level to another
  • Level 5 framework is like a flywheel in which transformation process buildup momentum, reaches breakthrough & sustaining those great results.
1. Jim Collins Website –
2. Collings, Jim, “Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t”, RANDOM HOUSE BUSINESS BOOKS
3. Collins, Jim, “Level 5 Leadership: The Triumph of Humility and Fierce Resolve”, July-August, 2005