Leadership From the Shadows Explored in ‘Consiglieri’

New book from Saatchi & Saatchi Deputy Chairman Richard Hytner explores the role of the leaders behind the final decision-makers.

New York - The leaders behind the leaders are the focus of Richard Hytner’s new book, ‘Consiglieri: Leading from the Shadows’, which launched in the U.S. last week. 

Throughout history, leaders who make the final decision are both lauded and despised. From the weight of mortal choices to the responsibility of their constituencies, the executives who are out in front receive the fame, the infamy, and the glory that those behind them do not.

Hytner’s book ‘Consiglieri: Leading from the Shadows’ anecdotally explores the role of the leaders behind the final decision-makers, the frequently misrepresented role of the deputy, chief-of-staff, and counselor.

Offering a mirror for contemporary ‘No. 2′s’ and a theoretical map for future consiglieri, the book traverses an array of powerful advisers from the White House to the Vatican. The book includes interviews with contemporary leaders from international business, sports and entertainment, as well as citing provocative research from psychology and academia.

The parade of characters in ‘Consiglieri’ range from the virtuous advisers – Lincoln’s Secretary of State William Seward and F.D.R.’s confidant Harry Hopkins – to fictional Machiavelli’s – Frank Underwood in ‘House of Cards’, Darth Vader and Scar from ‘Lion King’.

“When we consider the men and women who are second-in-command, throughout history, in literature and in today’s organizations, the myth prevails that they are ‘less-than’,” says Hytner. “These different kinds of leaders rarely get the accolades they deserve because of the stigma that comes with the back seat. In fact they have a very particular set of skills that often make a defining contribution to the leadership endeavor.

‘Consiglieri: Leading from the Shadows’ is the story of these unsung personalities who lead beyond the limelight, says Hytner. “They are the advisors, assistants and aides-de-camp trusted with all of the complex strategies, delicate operations and subtle maneuvers behind the curtain.”

The book has great relevance not just the deputies but to the leaders they serve, who need to know what makes their consiglieri operate, how to get the most out of them, and how to ensure they stay true to their authentic ambitions, says Hytner. 

‘Consiglieri: Leading from the Shadows’ (Profile Books) was launched in Washington D.C. on June 12th and is available for purchase on Amazon at http://www.amazon.co.uk/Consiglieri-Leading-Shadows-Richard-Hytner-ebook/dp/B00IJKJTYQ

Find out more at www.consiglieribook.com






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