There are thousands of books as well as hundreds of speakers talking about leadership. However, few, if any, explains in detail how to improve our own leadership ability. How does one become a level 5 leader, a penta leader? Penta comes from the Greek word for the number five - pente. If the ultimate goal is to become level 5 leaders, described by Jim Collins, the author of Good to Great, as "one who has a paradoxical blend of personal humility and professional will", we first need to understand our behaviors, motivations, leadership style and level of emotional intelligence.
It is clear that successful and 'Best Place to Work' companies tend to select the best talent available in their respective markets. What makes this thought so compelling is that these companies do not have to compete for that talent - these people are eager to get through the front door! Great companies are attracting talent instead of recruiting employees and when they get to choose the best available, the company itself gets even greater - creating a success virtuous cycle. This success that integrates employee engagement with business intelligence occurs with intention and a complete understanding that happy and engaged employees lead to enhanced positive outcomes for the organization.