An ILA Leadership Perspectives Webinar

The Power of Invisible Leadership: How a Compelling Common Purpose Inspires Exceptional Leadership

Presenters: Gill Hickman and Georgia Sorenson

Date: 30 April 2013

Visit the Sage Publications website or your favorite bookstore to buy the book on which this webinar is based.


Join Gill Hickman and Georgia Sorenson for this webinar on the power of invisible leadership and its implications for the study and practice of leadership. They will introduce the concept of invisible leadership and explain how a compelling common purpose moves people to take action on its behalf. Learn how 21 companies and nonprofits are using this concept to achieve remarkable results in their organizations and discover several key practices that promote and sustain invisible leadership.

Speaker Information

headshot of LIfetime Achievement Award Winner Gill R. Hickman

Gill Robinson Hickman is currently professor emerita in the Jepson School of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond. She was an inaugural faculty member of the Jepson School and participated in its institution building and course development. Dr. Hickman has held positions as dean, professor of public administration, and human resource director. She has published several books including: Leading Change in Multiple Contexts: Concepts and Practices in Organizational, Community, Political, Social, and GlobalLeading Organizations: Perspectives for a New Era (1st and 2nd editions); and Managing Personnel in the Public Sector: A Shared Responsibility with Dalton Lee. She has used her expertise over the years to advise countless leadership studies programs nationally and internationally.

Georgia Sorenson

Georgia Sorenson is currently visiting professor of Leadership Studies at the Carey School of Law at the University of Maryland. She envisioned and launched the James MacGregor Burns Academy of Leadership at the University of Maryland—the first academic program devoted to public leadership. She is the author of several books, and co-edited the four-volume Encyclopedia of Leadership, published by SAGE in 2004. Before launching her career in academia, Dr. Sorenson was a senior policy analyst for employment issues in the Carter White House and later worked as a consultant to the Executive Office of the President. During her White House tenure, she served on the White House Productivity Council and on Vice-President Mondale’s Youth Employment Council. She continues to be politically active and has served as a speechwriter or consultant to three presidential campaigns.