The Secrets Leaders Keep – AmyK HutchensAmyK Hutchens
(Fresh Impact) – Leadership is something every organization and company has to deal with on a daily basis. Where are we going? Why are we going? Who is leading? Are they worthy of following? Issues surface daily about the ripple effects from leaders like Jeff Bezos’ working conditions at Amazon to Twitter naming a new CEO. In her new book, The Secrets Leaders Keep (Emerge Publishing, Oct. 2015), AmyK exposes the doubts and fears most leaders are not willing to share. Secrets about who they are, how they play and why they lead the way they do.
Drawing from her intimate experiences facilitating Leadership Think Tanks in multiple cities across America for over a decade, The Secrets Leaders Keep is jammed packed with take-a-ways leaders can use to accelerate their Leadership Learning Curve. With ‘cut-to-the-chase insights’ and hilarious, poignant stories, AmyK’s Secrets will resonate with seasoned executives as well as emerging managers. Through the intimate lens of 14 different leaders, including but not limited to: a serial entrepreneur, non-profit leader, football coach, CEO, VP of Marketing, a former politician, an architect, as well as an activist, the book pulls you into the lives of relatable characters by ingeniously capturing the fears and foibles they face on a daily basis – the secrets leaders keep. The unique story-telling approach reveals secrets that most leaders would not readily share. Secrets about their politics, philosophies and perceptions. Secrets about who they are, how they play and why they lead. Secrets about how they struggle with personal and leadership growth while simultaneously growing a company or an organization’s bottom line. And in true AmyK style her provocative questions force readers to face their own secrets and work toward being leaders even more worthy of their followers.
AmyK likes to say, “People don’t want another slide deck. Storytelling is ingrained in our DNA. There are some aspects of life where we need to hear stories in order to better understand the message.”
Underneath the title, the role, or the business jacket of a leader is a human being struggling to figure it out – a leader with secrets. “Leaders often keep secrets because they believe others will find it difficult to understand the basis for their leadership success or failure. They believe others will scoff at the simplicity or complexity of their leadership style or criticize their work ethic. Many leaders find it even harder to share their secret fears, weaknesses and self-doubts for fear of being judged harshly or being perceived as unworthy of their leadership position.”
Leaders often say, “It’s lonely at the top!” AmyK’s response, “Not anymore!”