Leaders provide vision and a strong powerful commitment to achieve results. They show respect towards people and bring out the best in peers, subordinates and colleagues. Selflessness and humility coupled with endurance and determination are the pillars on which significant leaders stand.
According to Jim Collins, the author of Good to Great, there are five levels of leaders with Level 5 being the top tier.
Level 5 Executive — builds enduring greatness through a paradoxical blend of personal humility and professional will. Leaders who set direction; and supporting teams who build the bridges to achieve the destination.
Effective Leader — catalyzes commitment to and vigorous pursuit of a clear and compelling vision, stimulating higher performance standards.
Competent Manager — organizes people and resources toward the effective and efficient pursuit of predetermined objectives.
Contributing Team Member — contributes individual capabilities to the achievement of group objectives and works effectively with others in a group setting.
Highly Capable Individual — Makes productive contributions through talent, knowledge, skills, and good work habits.
However, even knowing these five levels of leadership, the question still remains… how does one capture the energy of the leader and transfer / communicate it to the hearts and minds of the followers?
When good men do great things (when supported by a team) the challenge of greatness is not only in the accomplishment of today, but also in bringing the virtues of today into tomorrow. This is called Legacy.
The visions of one man manifest into the fullness of possibilities. When the leader moves on, retires or passes on, the vision is often forgotten. Visions then turn into an event and the richness of the joy and enthusiasm cease. The benefits are left behind and only a memory struggles to remain.
How do we create and expand the legacy of great leader? By inviting the teams (followers) to participated and contributed to the manifestation of the dream (to become part of the actualization phase of creation), the process of creative expression of all individuals becomes a natural part of the flow of everyday life.
Pocket Wisdom Insights (PWI) Co-Labs provide the safe space, necessary structure and inspirational resources to activate the emotional and spiritual drive within people that will ensure not just the continuation of the original idea (the legacy), not just in the shadow of a memory, but allow for the idea (the legacy) to grow and perpetuate.
The objective of the Co-Lab is to invoke a process:
- Transform the recognition of a challenge to become an opportunity
- Transform that opportunity into an understanding of the problem
- Transform the understanding of a problem to form an answer
- Transform the formation of the answer to a practical solution
The PWI Co-Lab allows ideas and dreams to become tangible, deliverable and scalable assets. It allows for the packaging, delivery and collaboration of information to be enjoyed many times over and taught to generations that follow. PWI Co-Labs provide the necessary education to recognize problems, exercise logic/reasoning to define the cause and effect of problems, explore real answers, and gain insight to transform those answers into solutions.
PWI Co-Labs provide the heart to support Level 5 Leadership:
- Leaders who set direction; and
- Supporting teams who build the bridges to achieve the destination.
Why is a PWI Co-Lab important? We live in a world of change, and change is what life is all about.
Possibilities for Consideration
Take a moment and examine…
- As you reviewed the material above, what stood out to you?
- What is the potential impact, economically and/or socially?
- What action is needed to stop or support this idea?
- You may want to consider whether you:
- want to be aware of,
- should become supportive of,
- would want to be active in this topic?
Add Your Insight
I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply.
Being willing is not enough; we must do.
LEONARDO DA VINCI