Knowing David Maxwell , the Level 5 leader

David Maxwell the top person at Fannie Mae was prepared to sacrifice wrong people for great people to eventually take the company from “Good to Great”

His leadership style involved the following:

If I start with the right people , ask the right questions and engage them in vigorous debate we will find a way to make the company great”

“First Who then What” thus is a very important Level 5 leadership strategy

Adopted from Jim Collins’s book Good to Great


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