At a recent TLC (Transformational Leadership Council) conference, I had the opportunity to talk to my good friend Dr. Mark McKergow (author of The Solutions Focus) about his new book Host Leadership and the concept of leading with a host mentality.
Host Leadership is all about the art of hosting–bringing people together, getting things moving, inviting the right people, and creating the space for things to happen. As Mark puts it, anyone who is in a leadership position working with a team, working with customers, working with suppliers, working with outward facing people, etc. can think of themselves as a host and can take on the six roles of engagement for a host leader.
Mark also talks about the difference between servant leadership and host leadership and the forward-and-backward dance at which master host leaders excel. I highly recommend Mark’s new book because I think it gives networkers an incredible advantage when they approach networking with a host mentality. Furthermore, it’s a mentality that will transfer over into every area of business and life, allowing you to fully participate in the process of creating positive change.
Mark also has a new online Host Leadership course starting Wednesday November 5th which runs for seven weeks. You can find out more about that by clicking here.
So, what do you think of the concept of host leadership? Have you personally acted as a host in aspects of your life, in business, or in a networking environment? What has your experience been? Please share your thoughts and experiences in the comment forum below. Thanks!