“A superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.”

—Confucius, Chinese philosopher


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When I first read this quote, it immediately made me think of the Level 5 leader described in Jim Collins’ best-selling business book Good to Great.

Collins describes a Level 5 leader, who is often associated with good companies becoming great companies, as someone possessing the following primary qualities:

  • Extreme personal humility
  • Intense professional will

Perhaps some of these Level 5 leaders were students of Confucius, who guided them to their compelling modesty and unwavering results.


How can you take the coaching of Confucius and Collins by letting your actions, today and every day, speak louder than words?