• 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

Media Article

Richard Hytner on How To Be a Better “Consigliere” – Accidental Creative

Richard Hytner on How To Be a Better “Consigliere” – Accidental Creative

Accidental Creative’s Todd Henry interviews Richard Hytner on the other, unsung leaders–the glue–that hold an organization together. Richard discusses the capabilities, and tactics by which these counselors can be most effective in the face of less credit, but great responsibility. Hytner says, “…what distinguishes the C’s [Consiglieri] are the kind of skills that mean you are bringing new thinking to the Chief Executive, you are using your persuasive skills, your influencing skills–you have the ability to shape outcomes, and to fix outcomes…”

Listen to the full interview on accidentalcreative.com

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