By David Campbell, John Collins, 2015
Impressions after reading
I really liked reading this book and believe it is a thorough and fair summary of the original which I did read many years ago. It cuts to the chase quickly and summarises the main points well.
Here Is a list of the key summarised points I find most useful:
- Level 5 Leadership – are leaders who:
- Set up successors for success
- Are compellingly modest
- Have unwavering resolve
- Great leaders take a ‘First Who…Then What’ approach meaning that they ‘first got the right people on the bus (and the wrong people off) and then figured out where to drive it.’
- The Hedgehog Concept – hedgehogs do one thing and do it well. A hedgehog concept is a simple, clear concept that focuses on what you can do best in the world, what drives your economic engine and what you are deeply passionate about. I am in the business of education, so my hedgehog is of course learning!
Is it based on proper research?
Yes: The book is a good summary of the original 500 page read by Jim Collins which was first published in 2001 and set a new standard for research into organisational change.
Some Quotes from the book
“If you begin with “who”’ rather than the “what”, you can more easily adapt to a changing world.” (Kindle Location 84)
“If you have the right people on the bus, the problem of how to motivate and manage people largely goes away.” (Kindle Location 84)
“If you have the wrong people, it doesn’t matter whether you discover the right direction – you still won’t have a great company.” (Kindle Location 106)
“When in doubt, don’t appoint – keep looking.” (Kindle Location 106)
“Leading from good to great doesn’t mean coming up with the answers and motivating everyone to follow your messianic vision. It means having the humility to grasp the fact that you do not yet understand enough to have the answers, and then to ask questions that will lead to the best possible insights.” (Kindle Location 166)
“Good to great companies did not pick a course of action, then encourage their people to become passionate about their direction. Rather, those companies decided to do only those things that they could get passionate about. They recognise that passion cannot be the end result of a motivation effort. You can only discover what ignites your passion and the passions of those around you.” (Kindle Location 203)