Level 5 Leadership
by Bill Lawson on December 27, 2018 at 10:02 AM
With Democrats taking control of the House of Representatives, the current political cold war most likely will morph from a normal political environment to that of regime politics. With normal politics, the principles are agreed upon and debate is simply over means. Regime politics replaces normal politics as political loyalties diverge between two contrary visions for the country. These visions are reflected in two opposing views of the Constitution. Constitutional conservatives are grounded in the original construction including the natural rights of the Declaration of Independence. Although many conservatives may not totally agree with it, they and non-conservatives remain loyal to both the original Constitution and the natural rights of the Declaration of Independence.
The Left espouses “the living Constitution” whose radical ideology seeks to “infuse it with new meaning, and new ends, and therefore with new duties, rights and powers”. The resulting Liberal Constitution is not a constitution of natural rights or individual human rights but of historical or evolutionary rights. There can be no common ground between these two ideologies. The Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court Hearings are previews of what we can expect for the next two years. The Left will clamor for bi-partisanship, but there can be no common ground between open borders or enforcing existing immigration laws. 
Level 5 Leadership of Companies That Made The Leap from Good to Great
Good to Great by Jim Collins analyzed 1,435 Fortune 500 companies. Only 11 made the leap from “good to great” by averaging cumulative stock returns 6.9 times greater than the general market for a 15-year period. The characteristics of the leadership Collins classified as “Level 5” were surprising.
- “Level 5 leaders are a study in duality: modest and willful, humble and fearless. They channel their ego needs away from themselves into the goal of building a great company. Although incredibly ambitious, their ambition is first and foremost for the company not themselves.” 
- “Level 5 leaders have unwavering resolve and are infected with an incurable need to produce sustained results, to make their company great no matter how hard the decision.
- Level 5 leaders display a workmanlike diligence –more plow horse than show horse.
- Ten out of the eleven ‘good to great’ CEOs came from within the company. Larger than life celebrity leaders from outside were negatively correlated with going from good to great.”
Level 5 Leadership of Institute for Policy Innovation
The sage leadership we need to endure the next two years has been demonstrated by The Institute for Policy Innovation (IPI) right here in North Texas since 1987. Just substitute IPI for the words ‘Level 5 leaders’ and country or liberty for ‘company’ in the preceding paragraph. IPI could very easily trade their Dallas address for one on K Street in DC and reap instant financial rewards well beyond their present income. You will never read or hear broadcasts of their achievements. You will, however, see IPI President Tom Giovanetti and Dr. Merrill Matthews as authors of articles in the likes of the WSJ and Forbes. They regularly appear as guests on CSpan and local radio, unraveling the confusion of legislation and issues amidst the rancor of the left’s deception, duplicity and deceit. You won’t see them in photo-ops as major legislation is signed but you can be assured that their efforts had an impact.
The IPI resolve came to the forefront when the eyes of the world were on Denton, Texas, during the Fracking Debate and vote in 2014. Tom Giovanetti became the voice of reason calling for the rule of law to prevail. He worked tirelessly and so resoundingly trounced Adam Briggle of UNT in a debate that Briggle refused to debate him again. Frack-Free Denton then further refused to debate Tom in a final debate because his residence was outside Denton city limits. When Tom was asked why he did this when IPI received no financial support, he stated, “It was the right thing to do.”
No better example can be given for IPI‘s workmanlike diligence than the incredible success of the 2016 tax reform bill – a goal IPI had been working on with others for over 30 years. This impact will be felt for many years, just as the Reagan tax cuts were.
President Tom Giovanetti has been with IPI since its inception in 1987. He was at the fax machine when the Contract with America was crafted exchanging faxes with Newt Gingrich.
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