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Many strong leaders work amid the ranks of your regular employees. Though such “hidden leaders” have little “positional power,” they prove that they are valuable assets to your company by producing exceptional work and harnessing their personal power to amplify the productivity of everyone around them. Consultants Scott K. Edinger and Laurie Sain explain how to identify your hidden leaders and extend their positive influence throughout your organization. The authors offer an added bonus: Their appendix provides many resources that managers can use to identify, assess and promote the leaders hidden in their organizations. getAbstract recommends their advice to companies seeking to leverage the potential of every employee.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What traits distinguish your “hidden leaders,”
  • How to help hidden leaders flourish and
  • How to maximize hidden leaders’ influence to fulfill your company’s mission.

About the Authors

Scott K. Edinger, who founded Edinger Consulting Group, blogs for Harvard Business Review. Writer and consultant Laurie Sain is the former content director for Ninth House Network.



Going Beyond
A sales coach was at the airport on her way to a weekend vacation. While walking to the gate, she stopped to listen to a salesperson and a trainee pitching a credit card for the airline she was flying. The coach was writing a professional article about how sales reps teach...

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    Fares Al Shnaif 2 years ago
    Accountability should be one of your value to be a Hidden Leader.
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    Ravi Gosala 3 years ago
    One recent example of hidden leader surfacing is current CEO of Google Sundar Pichai ..
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    Paul Donahue 3 years ago
    These hidden leaders serve as the performance competency models and inspiration for others inside and outside of the company.
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    Sascha Grosskopf 3 years ago
    engage and empower your team members, swarm intelligence is critical, dynamic time at the right time more important, the most critical management task to create this flexible structuré

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