I consider myself a modest and humble person — even shy and eccentric — so when I read ‘Good to Great’ and the qualities of a Level 5 Leader it struck a chord in me. A Level 5 Leader practices humility while having a strong will to succeed — succeed as a team not as an individual. A Level 5 Leader is not quick to take the credit. A Level 5 Leader takes the blame for the team’s mistakes, which there will be many in any successful organization. These qualities describe how I feel and how I am — intrinsically. When I produced hip-hop music between 1998-2003 I even went by the moniker Humble Idea. It’s been a battle at times as many people perceive humility as being arrogant and stuck-up — not the case at all. The remedy for this misperception has been to exceed in my actions. I chose the Level 5 Leadership theory for this project as it is a philosophy that I relate to the most and have been dealing with my whole life.
Video 1: Jim Collins, author of ‘Good to Great,’ explains a Level 5 Leader.
Article 2: 6 Ways Humility Can Make You a Better Leader
Video 2: Tony Dungy, former NFL coach, professes his #1 leadership quality.
Article 3: 4 Leadership Lessons from Aragorn
Video 3: Aragorn, King of Gondor, bowing to the hobbits.
“It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who takes the credit.” – Harry S. Truman
“There are two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take the credit. Try to be in the first group; there is less competition there.” – Indira Gandi
“Success is not counted by how high you have climbed but by how many people you brought with you.” – Wil Rose
“It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed.” – Napoleon Hill
“A superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.” – Confucius
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams