The leadership role is very vital for a business to stay afloat and thrive. If you are in this position, it helps to become not only a good leader but a great leader. You can do that by being a Level 5 Leader. Ken breaks down the five areas that you can work on to achieve this. They are: highly capable, contributor, competent manager, effective leader, and great leader. He takes you into the whys and hows in order for you to take that leap and boost your company to success.
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Level 5 Leadership
We’re going to do another episode on leadership as one of our managers came to me and said, “Ken, would you mind coaching me on level five leadership skills?” I agreed to meet with him and we’ve had a couple of talks. I’m going to cover a little bit of what we covered in that first meeting. I did Episode 256 on the Three Ways That You Can Become a Leader. You can become a leader because your drive is so strong, it attracts followers. You can become a leader because your position demands it or because your accomplishments allow it or force it.A highly capable leader is in a continuous pursuit of education. Click To Tweet
If you are in a leadership position, you definitely want to become a Level 5 leader. This was first coined by Jim Collins who wrote the book, Good to Great. I’m going to start this with a little bit of an underpinning. David Corbin, who wrote the incredible book, Illuminate, says that the hardest task of a business leader is staying humble. Pride crushes more divisions and more companies than anything else. With that as the underpinning, the five areas that make up a Level 5 leader are as follows, highly capable, a contributor, competent manager, effective leader, and a great leader.
Let’s break these down. If you’re highly capable, that means coming into the leadership position, you had either outside or inside education or some form of mentorship to where your education or your intellectual property helped you or allowed you to become a leader. However, a highly capable leader has that trait in which they are drawn to, ongoing education. They are in the continual pursuit of ongoing education. It’s a priority for them and the people that they lead know it. This is a key part of being highly capable.
Number two, a contributor. A contributing type of leader is a leader that are managing coaching other people. However, they’re also contributing to the organization in ways that are not asked of them. Often a leader will go out of their way and hold a class or do extra training at night or weekends or something, but they do it in a way that the world knows. “They’re asking nothing in return. They’re going above and beyond.”
Number three, a competent manager understands they have to be judged and they’re comfortable allowing other people to set the determining factors for how they’re going to be judged. Number four, an effective manager or an effective leader understands they have to be measured, but they also understand the best person to set the parameters to be measured on is the effective leader. A competent leader understands that others are going to decide certain criteria that they’re going to be judging that leader on. That’s a competent manager. Not only are they competent in displaying their education, there are people that are working for them are achieving things. They’re competent in the fact that they understand, and it’s almost an emotional quotient, that they are going to be judged. They need to be judged by others.
An effective leader is going to be judged numerically. A success is a win-loss, yes or no position to be effective. We know many leaders that are efficiently ineffective, meaning they’re busy, but when you judge them numerically, they’re not effective. It is best than an effective leader set the table for what they should be measured on.
Finally, a great leader is simply someone that is humble. Their humility allows people to follow them. If you do some homework on some of the greatest business people, it doesn’t mean they were great leaders to people. Two people that stick out in my mind is Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. They were incredible business people, but you are not going to get around more than two-thirds of the people that they led to consider them a great leader because they both lacked humility.Humility allows people to follow a leader. Click To Tweet
Great leaders, according to Jim Collins and many others, are effective, very competent, incredible contributors, and highly capable. The cherry on top is they’re also incredibly humble and their humility allows the fringe people, the people that normally wouldn’t follow a strong leader, to follow them. If you want to become an incredible leader and accomplished great things, you can’t do it by yourself. You’ve got to lead people to help you with a cause. To do that, you’ve got to be capable. You got to be a contributor doing things and asking nothing in return. You’ve got to have some skills and be competent. You’ve got to be effective numerically and you’ve got to be humble.