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The Power of Invisible Leadership
How a Compelling Common Purpose Inspires Exceptional Leadership



February 2013 | 120 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

A powerful force draws people to leadership in countless businesses, nonprofits, government agencies, and social movements—we call it invisible leadership. Invisible leadership embodies situations in which dedication to a compelling and deeply held common purpose is the motivating force for leadership. Common purpose is more than a mission statement. It is a profound sense of common destiny, a life course or calling, aligned with a mission that resonates profoundly with our values and our sense of ourselves and others.

This readable, research-based book shows readers how invisible leadership exists in the space between leaders and followers, artists and subjects, and purposes and people. Rather than reinforcing the idea that leadership is embodied in celebrity leaders or in gifted and charismatic individuals, the well known and highly admired authors of this insightful new book identify "charisma of purpose" as the motivating force for invisible leadership. A brief discussion of how invisible leadership impacts businesses, nonprofits, government agencies, and social movements guides the reader toward an understanding of the antecedents and possibilities of this way of thinking.


 
Acknowledgments
 
1. Unmasking Leadership
 
2. Illuminating the Secrets of Ancient, Hidden, and Modern Wisdom
 
3. Exposing the Ethics of Invisible Leadership
 
4. Lighting the Path: The Invisible Leadership Study
 
5.Seeing the Unseen: Experiences With Invisible Leadership
 
6. Leading Invisibly: The Common Purpose as Leader
 
Appendix: Invisible Leadership Survey
 
Index
 
About the Authors

Very good book and easy to read.

Mr Alan Searle
Psychology , Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education
November 26, 2013

A useful source for all involved in educational leadership.

Mr Neil Rutledge
Education (Carlisle), University of Cumbria
June 2, 2013
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Key features
  • Describes a component of "non-celebrity" leadership focused on the process of change
  • Based on solid research prepared by two of the most respected scholars in leadership studies
  • Includes descriptions of invisible leaders from a wide variety of cultures such as North America, Asia, and Africa
  • Provides examples valid for business, public administration, education, and nonprofit administration

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Chapter 1


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