Can a common purpose truly inspire people to engage in leadership? The leadership scholars Georgia Sorenson and Gill Robinson Hickman maintain that a common purpose can spur individuals to act using their own leadersihp agency. Invisible leadership is a descriptive term used to denote a process in which major organizers and change leaders often are unknown to those outside the endeavor; as a result, their source of motivation, valuable contributions, and personal agency also go unnoticed by outside observers.

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