Today on the podcast, Hortense Le Gentile joins Bradley to discuss leadership and her latest book, The Unlocked Leader. Today more than ever, leading with humanity and empathy is mission-critical for any team or organization seeking to achieve its highest potential. Yet too many leaders blunt their impact by confining their ability to inspire, allowing it to stay locked up inside themselves. They remain trapped in the outdated myth that they must be superhero leaders ⎯ infallible, unflappable, and fearless ⎯even though the human leaders who embrace empathy, vulnerability, and authenticity are proven most effective.  

Hortense is a world-renowned executive leadership coach, speaker, and author. She guides CEOs and senior executives on their journey from hero leaders to human leaders. Guided by 30 years in business, working across industries—including media consulting and advertising—and as an entrepreneur. Hortense was a 2021 nominee for the Thinkers 50 Coaching and Mentoring Awards and has been ranked #5 on the Global Gurus list by World Management Global Gurus. She is a certified Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder CenteredTM coach and a member of MG100 Coaches. Author of The Unlocked Leader: Dare to Free Your Own Voice, Lead with Empathy, and Shine Your Light in the World (Wiley, September 26, 2023), Aligned: Connecting Your True Self with the Leader You’re Meant to Be (2019), Hortense is a contributor to Harvard Business Review and ThriveGlobal.com, and has been featured in Forbes, Fast Company, Inc., and Business Insider.

In THE UNLOCKED LEADER: Dare to Free Your Own Voice, Lead with Empathy, and Shine Your Light in the World (Wiley, September 26, 2023), veteran executive leadership coach Hortense Le Gentil combines real life stories, deep psychological insights, rigorous research, and practical tools to reveal how leaders can become more effective by learning to lead with palpable humanity. Hortense examines prominent leaders from business and popular culture—from Marie Kondo and Ralph Lauren to Steve Jobs and Apple TV’s Ted Lasso—to explore what modern leadership can evolve to encompass.  

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