Understanding level 5 leaders: the ethical perspectives of leadership humility. (2017)
“Leaders can be more effective if they understand the ethical nature of leadership and the importance of humility in building trust.”
Cam Caldwell, Riki Ichiho, Verl Anderson: Dixie State University, Utah
Journal of Management Development, 36(5)
From the Abstract:
“Jim Collins, in his seminal work Good to Great, noted that all great organizations are led by “Level 5 leaders (L5Ls).” These leaders exhibit fierce resolve, but incredible humility.”
Since Collins’ work 15 years ago, “very little has been written about the nature of humility as a leadership virtue. This paper is among the first to identify the relationship between ethics and humility for L5Ls.
“This (conceptual) paper examines the nature of humility and its assumptions associated with 12 frequently cited ethical perspectives.”
Exploring current research, the authors conclude that “humility builds high follower trust and commitment so often lacking in the modern organization.
“The paper identifies four practical contributions for scholars and leaders who seek to understand the role of humility in leadership effectiveness.”
It suggests that “leaders can be more effective if they come to understand the implicit ethical nature of leadership and the importance of humility in building trust.”
Access the full paper here: Understanding level 5 leaders