• It has become something of a taboo in our society to say you don’t want to be a leader — especially if you are one. Richard Hytner, a former CEO at the global advertising giant Saatchi & Saatchi, experienced it firsthand and is trying to break that stigma.

    - Lillian Cunningham, Editor, On Leadership, The Washington Post
  • Hytner notes that talent development, for example, is crucial to companies now, so the lack of a great track record for hiring, inspiring, and keeping star employees sometimes trips up aspiring CEOs.

    - Anne Fisher, Fortune Magazine
  • He argues convincingly that a great team of a chief executive and a number two is a more successful proposition than a solitary leader. Mr Hytner describes the various types of consiglieri – lodestones, educators, anchors and deliverers, according to his segmentation.

    - Luke Johnson, Financial Times
  • Richard Hytner, deputy chairman of London-based advertising giant Saatchi & Saatchi, thinks corporate understudies are too often overlooked. He’s set out to burnish the reputation of the second-in-command…

    - Adam Auriemma, the Wall Street Journal
  • It’s a trove of advice about how to be a great deputy and principal adviser, a calling that has brought out the best in people as varied and admirable as Warren Buffett’s Charlie Munger, Anna Wintour’s Grace Coddington, Abraham Lincoln’s William Seward, and Henry VIII’s Thomas Cromwell.

    - Frederick E. Allen, Forbes

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Considering Candid Cameron

Considering Candid Cameron

Sincerity or spin? Straight talk or obfuscation? Honest self-awareness or Machiavellian scheming? Responding to the media firestorm that erupted over British Prime Minister David Cameron’s response during a BBC interview that he would not seek a third term if the Conservative Party remained in power after the election, Richard Hytner in a thoughtful piece in the Huffington Post suggests that the public should embrace this kind of candor from its leaders. “The stunned response to, ‘a third term is something I am not contemplating’ revealed more about our relationship with power than David Cameron’s,” writes the author of Consiglieri: Leading from the Shadows and Adjunct Professor of Marketing at the London Business School in a piece titled, “We are the fools, not candid Cameron.” Hytner continues: “Knowing yourself, what you want and, just as important, what you do not, is the signature strength of leadership. . . 10 years is surely enough of an opportunity to learn the job, bring your freshest ideas to bear, get as much done that matters and clear out of the way before you become tired, repetitive, or worse, dangerous.” Read the full article here.

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