Is Jordan Spieth a Level 5 Leader?

Written By: Dr. Steve Whitaker, Head of School

The world of athletics can be a “potter’s wheel” for leadership development. Those who willingly remain in the hands of the potter while the molding and finishing process continues emerge as remarkable individuals, both personally and professionally. Examples of this include Jackie Robinson, John Wooden, and Dean Smith.

While some may suggest my assertion is premature, I believe that Jordan Spieth is a player who will leave a profoundly positive mark on the game of golf for generations to come. He competes with remarkable poise and intensity. He speaks about his game in modest terms. His faith and family provide a firm foundation for his life.

Jim Collins, in his book Good to Great, provides a timeless definition of a Level 5 Leader. He says these remarkable men and women possess a paradoxical blend of personal humility and a professional will to win. That describes Jordan to a Tee (pun intended).

Regardless of what happens this week at St. Andrews, Jordan will carry himself like a champion. He will inspire young golfers around the globe to dream big dreams. Most importantly, he will demonstrate once again that success is defined by putting character before career.



Steve D. Whitaker, Ph. D.
Head of School