chapter  1
WithRita M. Hilton, Rosemary O’Leary
Pages 7

This chapter introduces the major themes of the book. Outdated conceptions of leadership pose a fundamental challenge for individuals and organizations. We coin the term ‘leading in place’ to describe a gender-neutral phenomenon of leadership that unfolds beneath the CEO and top executive team level, without positional authority (or over and beyond positional authority), that keeps teams and organizations moving towards mission achievement in the workplace. Leading in place is a rising phenomenon that needs to be recognized and rewarded. Women have been, and are, leading in place.