Do You Know a Good Leader Under Forty?
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There is a competent young leader in your life. We want to hear her name from you. In particular, we are looking for a so called Level 5 Leader. This is a concept from Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t by Jim Collins.
- Write the name in the comments section below.
A Level 5 Leader is someone who builds enduring greatness through a paradoxical combination of personal humility and professional will.
Humility + Will = Level 5
Level 5 Leaders are a study in duality: modest and willful, shy and fearless. To grasp this concept, consider Abraham Lincoln, who never let his ego get in the way of his ambition. Author Henry Adams called him a «quiet, peaceful, shy figure.» But those who thought Lincoln´s understated manner signaled weakness found themselves terribly mistaken – to the scale of 250,000 Confederate and 360,000 Union lives, including Lincoln´s own. – Jim Collins in Harvard Business Review July 2005.
It might be a stretch to compare the young leader you are thinking of with Lincoln, but she must display the same kind of duality.
Why do we want to hear about your young leader?
— Because young social innovators need positive role models of their own generation. We want to know about them.
We want to know about a young leader who makes sure the whole team gets the credit for good results. She does not take the credit for herself, even though the results may never have been as good without her leadership.
We want to know about a young leader who takes personal responsibility when something goes wrong. She says «this went wrong, and it is my responsibility as a leader.» She does not look among the team members to find someone to blame.
Give us one name; the first name you thought of while reading this. Write it in the comments section below.