IntroductionLeadership style refers to a leader's form of providing direction in the group or organization, how to implement plans, and motivating junior members of an organization. There exist numerous leadership styles exhibited by leaders in the governmental, commercial or other fields. Effective leadership styles comprise the all qualities that are most likely effective in today's world where competition remain a major aspect of any company and organization. Today’s current leadership needs to be both similar to leadership of the past and a bit different from leadership that passed quite some ages before.
This is because; leadership style comes with different needs and depends on group objectives. However, level 5 leader is the most efficient form of leadership as it is effective in achieving organizational objectives. According to Jim Collins (2001), level 5 leadership style appears at the top in the hierarchy of leadership capabilities is quite necessary in the requirements for transforming every organization from good to better performance. Furthermore, what lies beneath the level 5 leadership style are other four layers of leadership styles. Each one of these layers is appropriate in their own capacities but none has the efficiency compared to that of level 5.
Individual leaders do not need to progress sequentially from one level of the hierarchy to another in order to reach at the top of the hierarchy. However, an individual leader requires the capabilities of all the lower levels in addition to all the special characteristics of level 5 leadership styles in order to reach at the top of the hierarchy, (Collins J, 2001)Below level 5 leadership style, there lie other four levels of leadership. Level 4 leadership describes effective leadership.
Effective leader influences followers to and vigorous pursuit of clear organizational goals, visions and ambitions. Furthermore, the effective leader stimulates the group to work towards high performance standards that result in effective achievement of group’s goals and visions. Level 3 of the hierarchy describes a competent manager. The leader in this level has the ability to organize followers and resources in alignment to effective and efficient questof the group’s predetermined objectives. Level 2 of the hierarchy describes a contributing team member. This leader contributes a lot of efforts aimed at achieving the group’s objectives.
The leader works efficiently and effectively with other team members in an organizational setting. Finally, level 1 in the leadership hierarchy comprises a highly capable individual who makes a lot of contributions through effective blending of talent, skills, knowledge and nice work habits (Collins J, 2001). A close assessment of the hierarchy indicates that every level describes a leader dedicated to instilling efforts towards the achievement of group objectives and predetermined goals. Level 5 leaders express an inconsistent blending of genuine personal humility and exemplary professional will.
A simple formula that describe level 5 leadership is Humility + Will = Level 5. The first and foremost principle of this level is that the leader operates with genuine humility that is defined by a burning personal passion, obsessive desire for the work, the company, the cause and for the company, not for their own selves. The level 5 leader possesses an utterly enduring will to make good on their ambition. The level 5 leader channels their ego needs to divert from themselves and towards the larger goal of building a spectacular company.