Level 5 leaders channel their ego needs away from themselves and into the larger goal of building a great company. It's not that Level 5 leaders have no ego or self-interest. Indeed, they are incredibly ambitious -- but their ambition is first and foremost for the institution, not themselves.

Chris Chew is a technology consultant for small and mid-size businesses, with an expertise in streamlining complex processes by conducting them securely online. He is a code contributor and supporter of several open-source projects, and an active member of the Rotary Club of Denver.

He also plays the upright-bass in a nationally recognized 50's rock-n-roll band.