Make room for others at the top.

Most leaders make it their goal to cultivate followers. But this is nothing more than their ego speaking. Leaders on level 5 want to create other leaders, and by doing so, they grow the whole organization. You don’t have to worry that there is no room for more leaders on the top—the room expands as more leaders advance in the organization.


  1. Aim to be successful instead of needed.
    You may love when people need you, but you will not develop leaders who may eventually surpass you. And there is nothing better for the organization and you than developing these strong leaders.

  2. Work with people's strengths instead of their weaknesses.
    It may feel natural to work on people’s weaknesses. However, there is not much to improve there. Work on people’s strengths and build on top of them.

  3. Give away power instead of hoarding it.
    Change your attitude to “let’s lead together.” This will shift you from “position power” to “people power.”

  4. See potential leaders as they could be instead of as they are.
    Seeing potential is what will motivate you to advance people to level 4.

  5. Create a supercharged leadership development environment.
    It’s your responsibility to create such an environment and to develop future leaders. Strategize ways to create this environment and promote leadership development on every level. Make sure that your best leaders spend time promoting others.

  6. Be a role model for everyone in the organization.
    Do this by valuing people, continuing to grow, practicing the golden rule, being authentic, exhibiting good values, and living out the right priorities.

  7. Keep your eyes, ears and heart open for possibilities.
    There are a lot of less obvious things that you should do. For example, creating a groundbreaking product or service, impacting your community in a unique way, and so on.

  8. Put your ego aside, and strive to create successors who can go beyond you.
    Your goal should be to hand off the baton at the moment when you are still running at maximum speed. If you've begun to slow down, it’s probably too late.

  9. Leave a positive legacy behind.
    What you do daily becomes your legacy over time. Decide how you want to be remembered. Remember that your legacy is the sum of your whole life - there are ups and downs, yes, but what matters is whether you fulfilled your vision for your life.


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