The Explainer: What It Takes to Be a Great Leader reviews

April 25, 2022

“Level 5” leadership is about combining fierce resolve with personal humility.

“Level 5” refers to the highest level in a hierarchy of executive capabilities. Leaders at the other four levels in the hierarchy can produce high degrees of success but not enough to elevate companies from mediocrity to sustained excellence. Level 5 leaders blend extreme personal humility with intense professional will.

And while Level 5 leadership is not the only requirement for transforming a good company into a great one — other factors include getting the right people on the bus (and the wrong people off the bus) and creating a culture of discipline — research shows it to be essential. Good-to-great transformations don’t happen without Level 5 leaders at the helm. They just don’t.


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  1. Excellent advice! Thanks very much.

  2. Colorful Insight

  3. Nope. Collins so called research is not scientific nor even valid on its face

  4. what. beautiful. animation.

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    Professor DR ABHIJIT SAYAMBER MD withme##Pulmonolo April 25, 2022 at 2:51 pm

    Om pure

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    Professor DR ABHIJIT SAYAMBER MD withme##Pulmonolo April 25, 2022 at 2:51 pm

    Om shanti om

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    Dave Talks Business April 25, 2022 at 2:51 pm

    Thoughtful video 🤔. Something I say a lot in my business is "Details Matter". Working with startups, I think when people step into new leadership roles they can get so fixed on objectives and large goals they can lose focus on the small but important factors that could hurt their team or business in the long run. As a leader, who you bring together and how you apply your resources is on you. If the team fails, you missed something, if they succeed, the most credit you should ever take is that you delegated well.

  8. P.Linconl is a great reader, time is value to him.Once upon the time when the customer ask the price and trying to lower the price, he upper the price and give the reason that waste him the time and customer as well.

  9. And there are leaders who are extroverted AND work at level 5

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    David Shellenberger April 25, 2022 at 2:51 pm

    I agree with the principles. However, I do not see politicians as leaders, nor Lincoln as great. The Civil War, like all of the U.S. wars, was unnecessary. The death of about 750,000 men is a terrible legacy.

  11. Holy smokes!!!

    Compare and contrast Trump with a level 5 leader described in this video….dismal

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