The Unlocked Leader.

Dare to Free Your Own Voice,

Lead with Empathy, and Shine

Your Light in the World


Book Overview


Unlock your power by learning to lead with empathy, authenticity, and humanity

“How do I unlock my human gift?” the child asks the oyster.

Too many leaders blunt their impact by allowing their innate ability to inspire to remain locked within. They are trapped in the outdated myth that they must be “superhero leaders”infallible, unflappable, and fearlesseven though the most effective leaders today are “human leaders,”leading with empathy, vulnerability, and authenticity.

In The Unlocked Leader, veteran executive leadership coach Hortense le Gentil combines real life stories, rigorous research, and practical tools to explain how superhero leaders can become effective human leaders. You’ll discover:

  • How to identify the mental obstacles that stand between you and leadership authenticity, and sap your energy and impactyour mindtraps
  • How to confront your fears and escape those traps by operating a mindshift
  • Practical strategies to better connect with yourself and othersa mindbuild.

Too many leaders blunt their impact by allowing their innate ability to inspire to remain locked within.

Hortense le Gentil

The journey from superhero leader to human leader not only transforms the lives of leaders themselves both at work and beyond. It also makes a profound and lasting difference in the lives of people around them and the organizations they lead. This is how human leaders make an impact and shine their light in the world: by changing the way they connect with themselves and other people, they start a chain reaction that reverberates throughout their organizations and beyond them, because we are all part of interconnected networks of human relationships.

An indispensable leadership manual for people who wish to lead not just with their heads, but with their heart and soul as well, The Unlocked Leader belongs on the bookshelves of leaders and aspiring leaders at all levels looking for a fresh new perspective on effective, powerful leadership in service of something bigger than themselves.

Hortense le Gentil

Hortense le Gentil 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.

Le Gentil is the author of the widely acclaimed book Aligned: Connecting Your True Self with the Leader You’re Meant to Be, which was published in 2019.

Her upcoming book, “The Unlocked Leader. Dare to Free your Own Voice, Lead With Empathy and Shine Your Light in the World,” will be published in September 2023 by Wiley. It will provide the keys to identifying and freeing ourselves from the mind-traps that hold us back.

Le Gentil’s thought leadership is informed by 30 years in business, working across industries—including media consulting and advertising – and as an entrepreneur. She 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. She is a contributor to Harvard Business Review and, and her thought-leadership has been featured in Forbes, Fast Company, Inc. and Business Insider.

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