Blog: What you need to know about Level 5 Leadership

You can accomplish anything in life, provided that you do not mind who gets the credit’

Harry S Truman

In Jim Collins’ ‘Good to Great’ he explores Level 5 Leadership. Level 5 refers to the highest level in a hierarchy of executive capabilities identified in his research.

Level 5 Executive Leader

Builds enduring greatness through a paradoxical blend of personal humility and professional will

Level 4 Effective Leader

Catalyzes commitment to and vigorous pursuit of a clear and compelling vision, stimulating higher performance standards

Level 3 Competent Manager

Organises people and resources toward the effective pursuit of pre-determined objectives

Level 2 Contributing Team Member

Contributes individual capabilities to the achievements of group objectives and works effectively with others in a group setting

Level 1 Highly Capable Individual

Makes productive contributions through talent, knowledge, skills and good work habits

I have been very fortunate to work with, and for, some Level 5 Leaders. They are truly inspirational and highly effective – a balance of professional will and personal humility.

For a summary of the two sides of Level 5 Leadership, please read or listen to Jim Collins ‘Good to Great’ Chapter 2

Jan Rowney, School Improvement Advisor

Jan has over twenty years’ experience in education, including senior leadership, school improvement and OFSTED inspection.

She has worked in, and with, schools and academies in many authorities across England and Wales. Currently, Jan is a School Improvement Partner for a number of schools and provides support and guidance for Headteachers and senior teams.

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