Quiet Leadership: Valuing Different Ways of Leading and Creating Innovation

Tojo Thatchenkery

Based on his brand new book on invisible leadership (2011), Dr. Thatchenkery will show that the time has come to value quiet leadership again. Most of our understanding of leadership comes from research and theories developed in the United States. The assumption is that leaders are highly charismatic and very visible. However, genuine leadership is not about charisma or visibility. A significant amount of real accomplishments in organizations are made possible by “quiet leaders,” those who complete their tasks with commitment and often go above and beyond the call of duty, without seeking or receiving visibility. Such leaders create innovation and new products because they are good in creating positive synergy in teams as well as valuing others. Empowering such “invisible leaders” can create meaningful and positive change in your organization. Smart organizations must embrace a global view of leadership which values multiple styles and cultural practices. The talk will share approaches and tools to recognize, grow, and sustain quiet leadership. Examples will be shared from highly innovative organizations such as Apple and Google where invisible or quiet leadership has played a key part in their growth and success.

A/V requirements: LCD, Screen, Lavalier Microphone, Two Speakers