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Exercise Your Professional Will, But Stay Humble

Exercise your professional will, but stay humble

There is nothing brilliant or outstanding in my record, except perhaps this one thing. I do the things I believe ought to be done … and when I make up my mind to do a thing, I act.

—Theodore Roosevelt, 26th president of the United States (1858–1919)

The Level 5 Executives of Collins’ (2001) research never let their egos get in the way of their primary ambition for the larger cause of an enduring organization. In keeping with the essence of Roosevelt's quote, “they are a study in duality: modest and willful, humble and fearless” (p. 22). Collins (2004) later commented that the Level 5 Executives of his research were not inspiring personalities ...

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