“A genuinely new view of leadership – practical and profound.” Jack Canfield
“A great mix of research, philosophy, stories and insight into what real leadership is about.” Mike Brent, Ashridge Business School
Great engagement is the key to truly successful leadership, and the secret to moving forward is knowing when to step back… It is no longer about being the hero, the one who has to make everything happen. There is another way: be the host. This book reveals why Host Leadership is set to become a pioneering concept in 21st century management. You will discover how to:
• Understand how to apply hosting strategies in your organization to achieve greater agility, flexibility and responsiveness
• Become a leader with a highly tuned sense of relationship building and engagement
• Learn how to step into and out of the six NEW roles of engagement
• Adopt the four positions for a Host Leader
“A great addition to the world of leadership ideas and thoroughly recommended.” Ralph Lewis, Chair Greenleaf Centre for Servant-Leadership (UK)
“Being a great host helps you to be a great networker. This practical book will help you build relationships and engagement both inside and outside your organization.” Dr Ivan Misner, founder, BNI
Foreword by Stephen Josephs, co-author of Leadership Agility
Part 1 A new look at leadership
1. Time for a new look at leadership
2. Hosting: a new yet ancient metaphor
3. What do hosts do?
4. A User’s Guide to the Future
5. Four positions for a Host Leader
Part 2 The six roles of engagement
12. Using the six roles and four positions
13. Open your heart, then open the door
“Very few books can connect with people from all corners of the globe: anywhere there are people there can be good hosts building great engagement and connection. In a list of absolute must-read books on leadership, this book should be at the top.” Verónica de Andrés, author of Total Confidence (Argentina)
“These easy-to-apply principles will last you a lifetime.” Phillip Newman-Hall, Director, Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons, UK
About the Authors:
Mark McKergow is an author, consultant and speaker. Mark has developed and hosted many aspects of the international Solutions Focus community since 2000 with sfwork, and is co-author of three books including the best-selling ‘The Solutions Focus’. He was closely involved with founding both the SOLWorld network and the SFCT professional body for SF consultants and trainers. Mark is also a visiting research fellow in philosophy at the University of Hertfordshire, where he runs the HESIAN research hub and investigates embodied and narrative paradigms of psychology and change. He edits the SFCT journal InterAction and also plays jazz saxophone.
Helen Bailey is Managing Director and Head of Coaching at North West coaching and changecompany PINNA Ltd. Helen comes from a highly successful career as a Senior Manager with The Royal Bank of Scotland Group. She pursued her interest in performance improvement through coaching, undertaking a coaching qualification and now works with a wide range of organisations in the public and private sector, facilitating coaching and leadership development programmes and coaching directors and managers. Helen works collaboratively with clients to understand their challenges and identify and implement solutions to bring about change. 2010 saw Helen complete the next stage of her own personal development, achieving a distinction in a Masters degree in Developing Professional Practice where her research interest was collaboration.