Why has Host Leadership emerged?
Many conventional ideas and approaches to leadership effectively cast the leader as the hero. Leaders are supposed to have the ideas, motivate and inspire. Not to mention, make decisions and generally act in an heroic way to create the dynamics of a leader and those who follow. Within this paradigm, leadership is only focused on the role of the leader itself.
On the other hand, the alternative concept of servant leadership has some admirable aspects and has gained some traction as an approach that leaders should serve. However, the truth is, leaders still have a responsibility to step up and act heroically at times.
Host Leadership – or leading as a host – allows us to utilise the best elements of both hero and servant leadership. Both in a context-driven and nuanced way. Leadership becomes not so much about whether to step forward or step back, rather, when to step forward and when to step back.
Host Leadership is not about being great but about creating the conditions for others to be great.
As a concept, Host Leadership provides a framework for leaders to develop skills that are focused on building engagement, trust and mutually beneficial relationships.