Level 5 Leadership . Team 4 Andrew McDonald Katy Neely Matt Tevis Hunter Pond Shelly Brown. Level 5 Leadership. An individual who blends extreme personal humility with intense professional will.
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Level 5 Leadership Team 4 Andrew McDonald Katy Neely Matt Tevis Hunter Pond Shelly Brown
Level 5 Leadership • An individual who blends extreme personal humility with intense professional will. • Channel their ego needs away from themselves and into the larger goal of building a great company. • Role boards play (CH. 9)
Darwin Smith • Turned Kimberly-Clark into the leading paper based consumer products company. • Outperformed Proctor Gamble, Coca-Cola, Hewlett Packard, GE
Setting up Successors for Success • David Maxwell • Key trait of level 5 leaders: ambition first and foremost for the company and concern for its success rather than one’s own riches and personal renown. • In over 75% of the comparison companies, Collins found executives who set up their successor for failure or chose weak successors. • “Biggest Dog” syndrome
Colman Mockler • Humility + Will = Level 5 • CEO of Gillette • Fought against takeover threats for short term profit.
The Window and the Mirror • Level 5 leaders look out the window to apportion credit to factors outside themselves when things go well. At the same time, they look in the mirror to apportion responsibility , never blaming bad luck when things go poorly • Leaders of comparison companies did just the opposite.
A Compelling Modesty • Good-to-great leaders are often described as quiet, humble, modest, shy, graciousand mild-mannered • The 11 good-to-great CEO’s are some of the greatest of our century, however, rarely talked about, including: • George Cain, Alan Aurtzel, David Maxwell, Colman Mockler, Darwin Smith, Jim Herring, Lyle Everingham, Joe Cullman, Fred Allen, Cork Walgreen and Carl Reichardt • “Seemingly ordinary people quietly producing extraordinary results” p.28
Cultivating Level 5 • Some of the leaders in Collin’s study had significant life experiences that sparked their maturation. I.E. • Darwin Smith- Cancer • Joe Cullman- WWII experiences • Colman Mockler- Found Christianity • Collin states “Level 5 leaders exist all around us, if we just know what to look for. Look for situations where extraordinary results exist but where no individual steps forth to claim excess credit.” (p. 37)
New Generation of Executives vs. Celebrity CEO’s • “Shattering the Myth of Celebrity CEOs” by Richard Lepsinger • “The Quiet CEOs” by Karen Miller