Unapparent Leaders


Glenn WillardSeptember 2nd 2015


The Unapparent Leader is often unnoticed. They don’t need to be noticed, for they do not seek recognition. Nor do they seek power or control. For them it is enough to know that they need only control themselves. Not just on a behavioral level, but also on mental and psychological levels.

Many are reluctant to take a leadership position, so they can remain anonymous. Often the apparent leader knows, at least at a sub-conscious level who the real leader is, and seek their approval or permission. This can be done non-verbally, with a glance or a gesture. There is also a level of telepathy occurring that goes unnoticed by most.

Unapparent leaders are over-seers. They manage the managers. Through subtle cues they can guide gatherings to where they need to go or objectives to be reached. Sometimes they guide the main spokesperson with a question or questions that steers them to higher level thinking.

In a one on one situation the unapparent leader will allow the other person to have their say or do their thing because opposing them would create a more turbulent situation. It can also lead to a lesson learned. Knowing someone is going down the wrong track and seeing little can be done about it is the mark of an unapparent leader, other times balance can be restored by pointing out the pitfalls of an endeavor. An unapparent leader can evaluate quickly weather their observations can be heard or not. If not, they remain quiet and allow the lesson the be learned the hard way.

In group situations it is often the ‘quiet one’, that is the unapparent leader. They are content to just observe, and do so without judgment. People are attracted to unapparent leaders and often do not know why.

Unapparent leaders have vision, meaning they have the ability to see the big picture. They see how one thing can have affects on seemingly unconnected other things – to put it vaguely.

Unapparent leaders are old souls. They have been down many roads and made lots of mistakes. Their experiences have made them wise, because they have “been there, done that”. Wisdom cannot be taught. The only way to attain wisdom is by making mistakes. Unapparent leaders also know that learning never ends, and to go forward means to take chances with the knowledge that making a mistake is just another learning opportunity.


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