Cool-Headed Confidants and Cunning Consiglieri Reflect the Best, and Worst, in our Leaders Consiglieri: Leading from the Shadows · United Kingdom Flag. Consiglieri. Leading from the Shadows. Richard Hytner. How to make friends, influence people and be the (second) best you can be – by being second-in-. Consiglieri has 57 ratings and 3 reviews. Antony said: A really good idea for a book (and title) – almost everyone answers to someone higher up. And ther.

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I found content grounded in the real world of big personalities, politics, the limelight and the shadows. Championing the cult of the hero leader?

Paddy marked it as to-read Jul 20, Rachelmusician rated it liked it Sep 11, This description struck a very definite chord for me. A book on how to shine from the shadows.

As in the great majority of today’s leadership manuals, the message of Consiglieri is that in a time of relentless media scrutiny, when leaders are supposed to be transparent in everything they do, two-faced immorality of the kind Machiavelli recommended has ceased to be a profitable strategy. Having been tortured and exiled when the Medicis came back to power, he knew that political survival depends as much on the whim of fate — fortunaas he called it — as on good judgment.

Kellie Reynolds rated it liked it Aug 17, And there are some really good pointers here.

Far from being also-rans, these are the crucial vice-presidents, first lieutenants and right-hand men and women whose influence can determine the fate of countries, companies and individual ventures the world over. As a dedicated introvert and fan of Niccolo Machiavellithis is definitely a position I can understand. Not everyone can be No. This book speaks to the reality of knowing when to speak up and when not to, of taking risks, but not taking the glory.


His encouragement of leader-follower relationship evaluation and communication is valuable, and his long list of sample questions may appeal to those who are looking for a stepping stone in how to engage with their leader or follower in this manner.

What this book will do is offer a window on your own particular context and, through exploring the concept of consiglieri, find your own ways forward. Judging by Blair’s unhinged trajectory since he left Campbell’s orbit, it was the C-leader who kept the A-leader half-way sane. Each kind of consigliere comes in a variety of guises. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

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Mauricio added it Aug 28, Mandelson was not only a master at seeing several moves ahead, he also had an instinctive grasp fro the party he knew Blair and Brown had to conquer if it was ever to return to a long spell in power. The only book of cojsiglieri I know that’s specifically written for what Hytner calls “C-leaders” — close aides, or shadkws — is the late Alistair McAlpine’s The Servanta provocative sequel to Machiavelli the “prince” is Margaret Thatcher that Hytner doesn’t mention.

Download Sample Pages The key to success lies in getting to the top. Melissa marked it as to-read Dec 25, Ian Mann rated it it was amazing Oct 08, Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Alastair Campbell’s role in managing Blair’s relations with the media demonstrated another kind of tacit knowledge.

This book is therefore very relevant and will offer insight for those leaders and their supporting consultants. Published June 5th by Profile Books first published May sahdows Coming from the hard world of tabloid journalism, Campbell didn’t need to think long to know that the A-leader’s messianic streak could be a liability. He also demonstrates that No. To see consiglierl your friends thought of this book, please sign up. This is the first not second funny business book for a long time.


Consiglieri: Leading from the Shadows by Richard Hytner

Return to Book Page. Ultimately though, he suggests that great consiglieri, whilst often finding themselves in the limelight, actually prefer to remain, at least partially, in the shadow. Not everyone can be in charge but, more importantly, not everyone should want to be.

If media coverage is a reliable indicator of public interest, however, seconds in command are currently top of the show, not the postscript but the story itself. The attributes that enabled these consiglieri to be so effective were byproducts of their lives and histories, not skills they could have been taught. Gurcan Gercek marked it as to-read Oct 28, One wonders what the clear-eyed Florentine, who knew that the world is always changing while remaining essentially the same, would think of this pleasing fancy.

He simply presents his view of reality for many organisations.

Real-world Consiglieri – Leading from the shadows

Open Preview See a Problem? By this circuitous, in-law-laden route I am pleased to […]. Hytner makes some penetrating observations about why some people prefer to be Cs rather than As. But many of the attributes drom have been most useful to consiglieri can’t be chosen and developed in this way.

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