The IUP Journal of Organizational Behavior
Level-5 Integral Leadership Styles: Transcendence of Mind

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Pub. Date : April, 2021
Product Name : The IUP Journal of Organizational Behavior
Product Type : Article
Product Code : IJOB010421
Author Name : Sunita Singh Sengupta
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Subject/Domain : Arts & Humanities
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No. of Pages : 18



The leadership explained in this paper is not an influence process to get the task done or to transform the employees. However, the leadership discussed in the paper is a journey of one (the leader) within oneself to develop inner consciousness in order to uplift one's mind from lower planes of consciousness functioning at sensuous state (i.e., sensual desire, evil passions, greed, lust, cruelty, etc.) to higher levels of consciousness (e.g., spiritual virtues, enlightening qualities, kindness, purity, love, and devotion). The leader, while practising self-discipline and self-control, will create a culture of self-organization within the organization for organizational excellence and employee wellbeing. This led to the development of Level-5 integral leadership which was examined at different times in different research settings. The objective of the paper is to validate the integral leadership scale based on the theoretical construct developed by the author. The Level-5 integral leadership is based on transcendence of mind and becomes very meaningful and relevant in the post-Covid-19 state of affairs.


In the seminal work Good to Great Companies, Jim Collins talked about Level-5 Leadership Collins (2001). Collins (2009) reported that all the companies that rose from good to great were led by humble chief executives (CEOs) who were obsessed about the success of the organizations. Wilbur et al. (2014) created an instrument to measure Level-5 leadership based on Jim Collins Level-5 attributes. The focus was to measure humility and professional will as Level-5 attribute of the leaders.

Leadership starts from self. The Indian scriptures place emphasis on discipline and asceticism. Singh (2020) in her recent work integrated the insights from scriptures and focused on discipline as a trigger for virtue-based management practices and purposedriven approach to work. The changed global scenario because of Covid-19 has put


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