• 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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Political Debaters: Watch the Throne

Political Debaters: Watch the Throne

Is it better to be the champion or the challenger, the leader or the upstart, the person in power or with one’s eyes on the throne? In a Forbes “Leadership” blog titled “Election Warning: Incumbents Have the Tougher Job,” Richard Hytner reflects on lessons from the UK’s recent election debate. Watching all of Britain’s seven party political leaders go head-to-head on telly April 2, the author of Consiglieri: Leading from the Shadows and Adjunct Professor of Marketing at the London Business School suggests that “it is far easier to be the challenger than the incumbent.” Indeed, a YouGov poll conducted after the debate suggested that the main party leaders were overshadowed by the minority parties.

In the article Hytner offers keen observations about each candidate’s particular debating style. Highlighting the tricky spot Nick Clegg finds himself in, Hytner draws out the dilemma of the Deputy Prime Minister’s inability to distance himself completely from David Cameron, his collaborator of the last five years, knowing that partnership might continue. Hytner similarly pulls no punches critiquing Ed Miliband, who “under what seemed like the excessive influence of media training” kept turning directly to the camera and imploring those watching at home to make up their own minds, looking “at times more like a game show host than a PM in waiting.” The author reminds the debaters of some prophetic words from poet Maya Angelo: “people will forget what you say, forget what you do, but will never forget how you made them feel.”

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