What Kind Of Leader Are You?
– by Matthias Roberg
“You can accomplish anything in life, provided that you do not mind who gets the credit.” – Harry S Truman. What has shaped and influenced my life more than anything else is my desire to lead. I have read many leadership books but Jim Collins’ book Good to Great must rank amongst the best. In his book he refers to a term for leadership that has attained the highest level of effectiveness as, ‘level five leadership’ As I work with business leaders I notice the most successful ones display many of the characteristics of a level five leader. Level 5 leaders: Are driven and focused but at the same time display personal humility. They work towards creating long term success, continuing well after they are no longer involved. Leadership behaviour is modest and understated displaying high levels of emotional maturity. They are fanatically driven to achieve sustained results and do whatever is required to ensure success.
They are hardworking, and diligent, applying themselves consistently in everything they do. They acknowledge others when things go well and look in the mirror when things go wrong. The question is, how would the people you lead characterise your leadership behaviour? “You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great one’s exercise authority over them. But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” – Mark 10:42-45
JOY! Magazine (November 2017)