This weeks reading on Level 5 leadership provided me with insight into what makes a successful business leader that I wouldn't have assumed. Generally one thinks of a leader as having a larger than life personality a.k.a a real go getter, however Jim Collins' article on level 5 leadership lists some traits reserved for those people with level 5 leadership ability, those leaders who do not have these traits will only ever be level 4 leaders and although successful not to the same extent. The level 5 leadership traits are those you would find in an introverted person and include humility, modesty and resolve. Additionally a level 5 leader implements a "windows and mirrors" approach. That is, level 5 leaders look to external sources to give credit for success and look towards themselves to lay blame. Once I had read the weekly readings under Blooms taxonomy I had the new knowledge and had comprehended it before class. During our team meeting I saw the application of various level 4 and level 5 traits coming from the various leadership forces within our group. It was at this time I moved into Blooms fourth stage of learning when I analyzed the effect the various actions were having on different team members. For instance when the leader credited director of a certain business system for a good business move it built a positive team atmosphere where the leader gained respect and was allowed to flourish. Synthesis of The level 5 leadership readings will happen when I implement or respond the techniques and strategy myself and start to use level 5 leadership trait implementation strategy to flourish as a leader, or respond well to a leader.
J, Collins. 2001, Harvard Business Review. Jul/Aug2005, Vol. 83 Issue 7/8, p136-146. 10p. 3 Color Photographs, 1 Graph.