Much of engaging leadership in 21st century resembles being a host – rather than a hero who provides all the answers. A good host finds a purpose to connect people, invites those who could contribute and/or benefit from the engagement, provides a welcoming yet creative space, and then joins in the conversation, while all the time paying attention on meta level: what is happening, what is missing, how engaged people are, where and when to gently intervene if needed.
What are some practices that support the ‘hero to host’ shift?
Shared clarity of purpose and principles: why are we in this (organization, team, group, community) together?
Leading by hosting
Inviting – rather than coercing (use the 'pull power’ of invitation – rather than ‘push’ approaches)