8From Great to Good Enough

Reconnecting Leadership to the Ordinary1

Tim Harle

Key Questions

What constitutes greatness in your life?

Is your leadership seen on the big stage or in everyday encounters?

How can you connect experiences in your life at work and beyond?

One of the best-selling leadership books leadership in the 21st century is Jim Collins’s Good to Great.2 In it, Collins explores what contributes to sustained success over a period of time in companies by comparing the merely “good” with the “great”. Collins describes a hierarchy of leaders from highly capable “Level 1” individuals to “Level 5” leaders, who “[build] enduring greatness through a paradoxical blend of personal humility and professional will”. Collins’s work has ...

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