15 Apr 2010

Level 5

Be an anonymous leader and let the people feel they did the job themselves. It is easier said than done.

When my Boss was a junior doctor, he once wrote a case report for medical journals. Before he submitted the manuscript, he sought advice from his physician. The senior doctor did give an advice – He put himself as the first author in front of Boss’ name.

In comparison, I have always been the lucky one. To establish my career, my mentor and supervisors often let me take credit for studies that I only had minor contribution.

Are Level 5 leaders a rare species? Why do we not see them more often?

I suppose it is indeed difficult to attain level 5. Nevertheless, it is probably even more difficult for people to spot a diamond in the rough when they are dazzled by the brilliant performance of charismatic leaders.

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