Monday, September 7, 2009

The Concept of Level 5 Leadership in the Federal Government

For my USDA Graduate School Executive Leadership Program, I was recommended to read a book titled “Good To Great: Why Some Companies Make The Leap and Others Don’t” by Jim Collins and so far, I have been transformed by the leadership principles and characteristics laid out in the book for going from Good to Great and what it takes to become a Level 5 Leader. Very briefly, here are some of the principles and characteristics of a Level 5 Leader according to the book:


Humility + Will = Level 5



1. Demonstrates a compelling modesty; shunning public adulation; never boastful.
2. Demonstrates an unwavering resolve to do whatever must be done to produce the best long-term results, no matter how difficult.
3. Channels ambition into company, not the self; sets up successors for even greater success in the next generation.
4. Acts with quiet, calm determination; relies principally on inspired standards, not inspiring charisma, to motivate.
5. Sets the standard of building an enduring great company; will settle for nothing less.

Based on the above, I would like to know if there are any Level 5 Leaders in the Federal Government and in what agencies are they in. I would also like to know if there is a correlation between these Level 5 Leaders and the Partnership for Public Service’s rankings for the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government.

I.J works for the Department of Homeland Security/United State Coast Guard as a Contract Specialist. She is on the Executive Board of Young Government Leaders and is a Community Leader on GovLoop.

1 comment:

  1. I have seen lots of Level 5 leaders at the Local and State level. Since the profit motive and the promontion motive are significantly moderated at the middle and upper levels of local governments then people are free to act like level 5 leaders. I've recognized several in my career inb Califonia.

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