I have demonstrated Level 5 Leadership many times throughout my career, even before the book was written and the term was coined. When I made the decision to go to Graduate School full time, I gave my current employer 2 months notice before leaving. I was in charge of several critical projects for the Advia:Centaur and wanted to make sure that the transition went as smoothly as possible. The many different people that had to take over my work were friends, not just coworkers, so I wanted to make sure they had as much time as possible to learn as much from me as they could before I left. Then after my last official paid day of work, I came in the next few days to finish up a few projects that only I could do and over the next few months I stopped in periodically to help answer questions so that my friends and the project were successful.
Another example of my level 5 leadership skills is when I was in Graduate School. I was on a full fellowship. When members of the executive council of The Graduate Student Senate (GSS) approached me to become President of GSS, it meant that I would have to stay an extra semester – giving up 6 months of an MBA salary, and giving up my fellowship – free tuition and my stipend, to take on the role as an assistantship that required 20 hrs of work on top of my full time class load. With my experience in organizational development and knowing the issues that needed to be improved for graduate students, I knew that with my unique skills and approach that I could make a difference. So I once again made the sacrifice and invested my time and money in making something better for the common good. The GSS under my leadership was unlike any other. It was definitely not your stereotypical student government. I led a large scale organizational change as soon as I was elected and turned the group into an effective, productive, team that accomplished more in a single year than they had in the previous 5 years according to the doctoral student who was VP for 3 of those years. Just as important was that I changed the organization so that the changes would be sustainable for years to come. And that's exactly what happened, the next four Presidents of GSS all came from my executive council.
The full description of a level 5 leader can be found in the book, with an overview available at http://www.jimcollins.com/media_topics/level-5.html.
Here is my current 2015 Resume and Cover Letter.
Project Management and Support. I've led many cross-functional teams throughout my career. Effectively communicating and motivating others toward a common goal have been two of the keys to my success as a project manager.
Change management. I love working with teams to develop and implement new programs that lead to long-term positive organizational development. Developing new programs and procedures to help create a better future for everyone.
Dietrich Designs And Solutions - we do almost everything. Marketing, Advertisting, Organizational Development, Project Management and Suppport, Business Strategy and Development. I love bringing my experience and insight to new clients to help them succeed.
Balancing the big picture with the details, the short-term crisis with the long-term impact. Integrating business with technology, marketing with engineering, research and development with manufacturing. Being able to look at the market and see opportunities. Understanding what is and creating a Vision of what can be.
A Level 5 Leader is a person who focuses on the team, on the project, not on their potential gains from taking on a leadership role. Someone who puts the project, the team, before themselves. These types of leaders produce the best results not only in terms of output, but in terms of team performance and employee job satisfaction.
Positive Psychology is a passion of mine. Helping people to be happy and to flourish and to see things in a different life is the most rewarding work I do. My positive attitude is contagious and I'm always looking focusing on solutions, not problems, because what is most important is not what happens to us but how we deal with it.
Can Creativity and Intuition be taught? Creativity can be your greatest resource. You must hire and nurture every talented and creative person you can find. Creatives will drive your business. They will see things that others can't, and create solutions when things seem impossible. This is an organizations most valuable asset.
Working with Research and Development, Manufacturing, Field Service. Effectively communicating with Scientists, Mechanical, Electrical, Software, Industrial Engineering to Design, Evaluate, and Develop the Advia:Centaur at Bayer. I completed the Risk Analysis (FTA/FMECA) on the blood analyzer for the FDA.
Fully Customized Responsive Websites. For many of my clients I develop WordPress websites and train them how to update and maintain them. For some it's fully customized, programmed HTML5/CSS3 websites with SEO.