Lead: Some of the most powerful leaders can be those who are almost invisible. Consider the self-effacing and gentle leadership of Jo Ann Gibson Robinson.
Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.
Content: It is difficult to remember, at the dawn of the twenty-first century, what it was like to be black in the south just a few decades ago - separate accommodations, separate, but unequal schools, separate public services. One of the singular milestones on the hard road to full-citizenship for African Americans was the Montgomery, Alabama Bus Boycott. There, in the mid-1950s, a group of brave, visionary women, led the black community to initial defiance and then stepped aside to let the natural leaders take the lead. They demonstrated the essence of invisible leadership. Scholars Georgia Sorenson and Gill Hickman define invisible leadership as quiet, unobtrusive influence motivated less by self-interest than commitment to a common purpose.