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Definition Covert Leadership. Description.


Covert Leadership is a term invented by Henry Mintzberg ('98) to describe how modern leaders may lead without seeming to. They don't seek absolute control over others; rather, through many unobtrusive actions, they inspire others to perform and use their talents.


Mintzberg compares leaders with a symphony orchestra conductor. Covert leadership means managing with a sense of nuances, constraints, and limitations. When a manager like a symphony orchestra conductor guides an organization, he leads without seeming to, without his people being fully aware of all that he is doing. That's because in this world of professionals, a leader is not completely powerless--but neither does he have absolute control over others. As knowledge work grows in importance, the way an orchestra conductor really operates may serve as a good model for managers in a wide range of businesses. Like other professionals, the musicians don't need to be empowered--they're already secure in what they know and can do--but they do need to be infused with energy for the tasks at hand. This is the role of the covert leader: to act quietly and unobtrusively in order to exact not obedience but inspired performance.


Covert Leadership Forum
  Covert Leadership: Differences Between Orchestrating an Orchestra and Leading an Organization
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Entiendo el significado que Mintzberg adjudica comparando la gestión de un líder con la de un director de orquesta. Sin embargo, percibo una sutil diferencia en la gestión del líder tal como lo observamos en el dominio empresar...
     
 
  Lead Like a Great Conductor
An orchestra conductor faces the ultimate leadership challenge: creating perfect harmony without saying a word. In this charming talk, Itay Talgam demonstrates the unique styles of six great 20th-century conductors, illustrating crucial lessons for a...
     
 
  Developing Covert Leadership
I think leadership styles too are dynamic, when a person matures intellectually and professionally, spiritually his style also changes. As he becomes more assured about performance of his team he begins to change into a covert leader. Maneuvering, gu...
     
 

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Mintzberg: 7 Myths on Management

In this interesting interview Prof. Henry Mintzberg refutes 7 myths on leadership and management:
  1. ORCHESTRA CONDUCTOR: One myth about man...
    Usage (application): Management Development, Leadership Development, Managers versus Leaders, MBA
 

Visions on the Roles of Managers, Management Roles, Managerial Roles

This superb presentation outlines the roles and tasks that managers perform. The presentation includes views of important contributors in the field of...
Usage (application): Management, Leadership, Reflection on What Management Fundamentally is, Workshops, Trainings
 

Video Introduction to Leadership

Quick visual intro to the subject of leadership by showing short impressions of:
harmony, driving performance, following rules, vision, being res...
Usage (application): First Understanding of Leadership, Trainings, Workshops
 

Interview Mintzberg: From Leadership to Communityship

Interview with Professor Mintzberg on the obsession of the Americans with (charismatic) leadership and the need to move to "communityship" instead. Usage (application): Introduction / Discussion on the Role of Leadership in Organizations, Trainings, Workshops
 
 

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Compare with: Charismatic Leadership  |  Seven Surprises for New CEOs (Porter)  |  Active Listening  |  Storytelling  |  Chain of Command  |  Chairman of the Board  |  Chief Executive Officer  |  Management by Exception  |  Span of Control  |  Transformational Leadership  |  Seven Habits (Covey)  |  Level 5 Leadership (Collins)  |  EPIC ADVISERS  |  Core Group Theory  |  Strategic Stakeholder Management  |  SMART  |  Path-Goal  |  Leadership Continuum  |  Situational Leadership  |  Theory X Theory Y  |  4 Dimensions of Relational Work  |  Leadership Styles (Goleman)  |  Strategic Intent  |  Results-Based Leadership  |  Transactional Leadership

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