Consiglieri (Ebook)

Leading from the Shadows

Richard Hytner

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How to make friends, influence people and be the (second) best you can be - by being second-in-command. Now available in paperback.

The key to success lies in getting to the top - right?

Wrong. Not everyone can be No. 1, and more importantly, not everyone wants to be.

Consiglieri turns the spotlight on the second-in-commands - the advisers, assistants and counsellors (or 'consiglieri') - who are too often disparaged as the 'No. 2'. Far from being also-rans, these are the crucial vice-presidents, first lieutenants and right-hand men and women whose influence can determine the fate of countries, companies and individual ventures all over the world.

In this timely celebration of the done-down deputy, Richard Hytner (himself a former CEO and now deputy chairman of Saatchi & Saatchi) presents a remarkable array of powerful advisers, from Alastair Campbell and Hillary Clinton to Rasputin, Machiavelli and Peter Mandelson, and talks to outstanding consiglieri in contemporary business, politics, sport and the arts, revealing in the process what motivates these so-called No. 2s, what makes them great and what their bosses can do to help them flourish.

Stylish, clever and entertaining, Consiglieri is packed with invaluable advice for every kind of leader, whether in the limelight or the shadows. It may also be one of the wittiest business books ever.

Publication date: 05/06/2014

£5.99

ISBN: 9781847658982

Imprint: Profile Books

Subject: Business & Management

Consiglieri (Ebook)

Leading from the Shadows

Richard Hytner

Buy from

How to make friends, influence people and be the (second) best you can be - by being second-in-command

The key to success lies in getting to the top, right? Wrong.

Not everyone can be in charge but, more importantly, not everyone should want to be. Richard Hytner, Deputy Chairman of Saatchi & Saatchi, thinks it's time to celebrate the second-in-commands, the consiglieri: from Merlin, to Al Gore, Rasputin to Machiavelli. These are the deputies, the Vice Presidents, the C-suite, the department heads - lieutenants, advisers, and counselors - whose influence determines the fate of boardrooms, corporations, and nations.

While supremacy comes with drawbacks and influence, authority and power can be found in much more interesting places than the CEO's chair. Consiglieri: Leading from The Shadows brings together historical examples from Harry Hopkins to William Seward, conversations with contemporary second-in-commands like Tony Blair and Sir Alex Ferguson, and unique insights into Stalin, JFK, and Winnie the Pooh.

A mirror for contemporary 'No. 2's' and a theoretical map for future consiglieri, the book traverses an array of powerful advisers from the White House to the Vatican, across international business, sports, and entertainment, as well as citing provocative research from psychology and academia.

Publication date: 05/06/2014

£9.99

ISBN: 9781782831464

Imprint: Profile Books

Subject: Business & Management

Consiglieri (Paperback)

Leading from the Shadows

Richard Hytner

How to make friends, influence people and be the (second) best you can be - by being second-in-command. Now available in paperback.

The key to success lies in getting to the top - right?

Wrong. Not everyone can be No. 1, and more importantly, not everyone wants to be.

Consiglieri turns the spotlight on the second-in-commands - the advisers, assistants and counsellors (or 'consiglieri') - who are too often disparaged as the 'No. 2'. Far from being also-rans, these are the crucial vice-presidents, first lieutenants and right-hand men and women whose influence can determine the fate of countries, companies and individual ventures all over the world.

In this timely celebration of the done-down deputy, Richard Hytner (himself a former CEO and now deputy chairman of Saatchi & Saatchi) presents a remarkable array of powerful advisers, from Alastair Campbell and Hillary Clinton to Rasputin, Machiavelli and Peter Mandelson, and talks to outstanding consiglieri in contemporary business, politics, sport and the arts, revealing in the process what motivates these so-called No. 2s, what makes them great and what their bosses can do to help them flourish.

Stylish, clever and entertaining, Consiglieri is packed with invaluable advice for every kind of leader, whether in the limelight or the shadows. It may also be one of the wittiest business books ever.

Publication date: 04/07/2019

£9.99

ISBN: 9781788163095

Imprint: Profile Books

Subject: Business & Management

Reviews for Consiglieri

'I wish I had read this book'

Gordon Brown 

'I wish he had read this book'

Tony Blair 

'Leaders carry a lot of the weight of any organization but good leaders will always have good teams to help carry that load. Richard Hytner has written a fascinating account of the role of the leaders behind the leader and there are lessons in here for every walk of life.'

Alastair Campbell 

'Films and plays are littered with examples of the nefarious deputy; from Iago to Macbeth to Claudius, to Darth Vader and Scar in 'The Lion King'. Richard Hytner rescues the deputy from the disgruntled schemer and instead celebrates their creative, supportive, positive impact in life, business, sport and even art.'

Rory Kinnear 

'Rich and intriguing'

John Gray Guardian

'Hytner has written an interesting book on a management topic that is often neglected.'

Frank Dillon Irish Times

'Intelligent, entertaining and useful'

Emma Duncan Times

Richard Hytner

Richard Hytner

Richard Hytner is Saatchi & Saatchi's Worldwide Deputy Chairman.
Following his No 1 brother to school, Hytner 2 never made it past the second 11 football team and played Lady Alice More (not the main man) in A Man for All Seasons. For four years, he studied the leading lights of Cambridge Footlights holding a spear. Lusting for centre stage, he became a serial advertising agency leader and in 2003 joined Saatchi & Saatchi as its Chief Executive for Europe, Middle East & Africa.
Aged 47, he concluded that he might, after all, be better suited to a leadership life in the shadows. Kevin Roberts, Capo Di Tutti Capi at Saatchi & Saatchi, agreed. So he made him Deputy Chairman. In 2011, he was appointed (not full but) Adjunct Associate Professor of Marketing at the London Business School.
He lives in London with his wife, Rosie and has two children, Joe and Sophie.