Hortense le Gentil is a global executive leadership coach and the author of the widely acclaimed book Aligned: Connecting Your True Self with the Leader You’re Meant to Be. She works with CEOs and other senior executives around the world to help them lead with authenticity by finding and closing the gaps between the leader they are and the leader they want to be. Her thought leadership has been featured in Harvard Business Review, Business Insider, Fast Company, Inc., and Forbes.
She is a certified Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder Centered™ coach and a member of the MG100 Coaches. She was one of 50 coaches in the world selected for the 2021 Thinkers50 Coaching and Mentoring Award, and has been named a top 30 Global Guru in 2020 and 2021 by World Management Global Gurus, and was named #5 in 2022.
Leaders, Stop Trying to be Heroes
For decades, the traditional view was that to be successful, business leaders had to be infallible, unflappable, in control, and fearless. These leaders appeared to be born hero leaders, naturally endowed with supreme intelligence, coming up with brilliant ideas and directives from the mountaintop that lower echelons were then expected to execute. The pandemic has highlighted what was already becoming clear before the emergence of the virus: that hero leaders are no longer what companies need. The most effective leadership today — at all levels — isn’t about technical expertise and having all the answers. Besides articulating a compelling vision, it’s about being human, showing vulnerability, connecting with people, and being able to unleash their potential.
In her fireside conversations, Hortense uses real-life examples to highlight how leaders can unleash the human leader that is within them and become a leader who can connect with their stakeholders at a human level, thereby producing extraordinary outcomes. She walks her audience through the steps it takes to become a human leader: identifying your mind traps, creating the mind shift that will set you free, and unleashing your human leadership superpowers through mind build.
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