Field Book

The Host Leadership Field Book, edited by Mark McKergow and Pierluigi Pugliese 

Foreword by Helen Bailey 

Learnings in the art of Host Leadership from around the world

Publication date: 12 November 2019, in paperback and Kindle formats. ISBN 978-0-9933463-3-0. 276pp 

Paperback £12.99/US$17. Also available in Kindle format.

Leading as a host, not a hero, is about bringing people together to address complex collective problems. This collection of international experience show people at all levels in many fields taking on the role of host leader to build engagement, performance and results.

“Puts Host Leadership at the forefront of leadership development approaches, where it deservedly belongs” Paul R. Scheele, PhD. in Leadership & Change, CEO, Scheele Learning Systems, co-founder, Learning Strategies Corporation

The 33 contributors to the book bring a wealth of know-how and perceptive awareness from their work around the world – in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, the UK, Kenya, Canada, the USA and Australia.

“Crystal clear distillations of a key leadership practice suited for our times” Chris Corrigan, global steward, Art of Hosting community of practice

The cases and experience presented here come from many fields:

Business * Agile * Education * Social care * Coaching * Virtual teams * Volunteer organisations * Organisational change * Conflict resolution * Training * Community building * Leadership development

“The key principles of hosting that will help you effectively and quickly build cooperation, trust and results” Dr Ivan Misner, Founder of BNI and NY Times Bestselling Author

Contents list 

Foreword by Helen Bailey, co-author of Host

  1. Introducing the Host Leadership Field Book     Mark McKergow and Pierluigi Pugliese

Host Leadership in action

  1. Co-creating housing strategies: Hosting five families with housing challenges     Bjørn Z Ekelund, Ellen S Andvig and Lars U Kobro (Norway)
  2. Anyone For Dinner? Celebrating your goals with Host Leadership Maria Serafim (Australia)
  3. ‘Host’ as an attitude in rural development management Petra Wähning (Austria)
  4. Courage and humility: A Maasai view of Host Leadership Emmanuel Mankura (Kenya)
  5. Host Leadership in Outdoor, Bush, Wilderness, and Adventure Therapy Stephan Natynczuk (United Kingdom)
  6. Apprenticing students into host leadership in global virtual teams in higher education Rachel Lindner (Germany)
  7. How Host Leadership handles conflicts Sieds Rinks and Leo Blokland (The Netherlands)
  8. Host Leadership as a basis for leadership in a hybrid organisation: Roskilde Festival Jonas Hedegaard and Hans Christian Nielsen (Denmark)

Host Leadership in Agile settings

  1. How to Host a Successful Stand-Up Meeting Rod Sherwin (Australia)
  2. Host Your Team in a Relationship Retro Olga Kiss and Gabriella Peuker (Hungary)
  3. Creating A Self Sustaining Community with Rotating Hosts in a High Stakes Situation   Michael de la Maza (USA)
  4. The trainer as a Host Leader Pierluigi Pugliese and Markus Reinhold (Italy/Germany)
  5. Can it be that simple? Géry Derbier (France)

Host Leadership in organisational change            

  1. Hosting Stakeholders for Engagement in Generative Change Gervase Bushe (Canada)
  2. Hosting Company-wide Process Improvements Jessika Jake (USA)
  3. Helping engagement with messy experience: Organisational transformation at Assimoco Group Gian Carlo Manzoni (Italy)

Introducing Host Leadership in organisations      

  1. Attracting people to the Host metaphor Veronika Kotrba and Ralph Miarka (Austria)
  2. Introducing Host Leadership to your organisation The Host Leadership Gathering Collective
  3. Pick Your Poster: Getting started on a learning journey with Host Leadership Leah Davcheva (Bulgaria) – readers of the book can download Leah’s posters here with the password
  4. Hosting New Beginnings Paul Hookham (United Kingdom)

Developing as a host leader        

  1. Hearing What Is Being Called For Mark McKergow (United Kingdom)
  2. Shapeshifting, Beaming and the Chameleon Shuffle Rolf F Katzenberger (Germany)
  3. The Role of Guests/Followers: Risk and Permission Roddy Millar (United Kingdom)
  4. Coaching with the User’s Guide To The Future Peter Röhrig and Mark McKergow (Germany/United Kingdom)
  5. The elegant art of noticing Wim Sucaet (Belgium)
  6. Introducing the Inviter Veronika Kotrba and Ralph Miarka (Austria)

Next steps for Host Leadership

  1. ‘Its simplicity belies its depth’ Helen Bailey (United Kingdom)
  2. Towards a new ‘Agile humanware’ Laurrent Sarrazin (France)
  3. Why Were You Born? Martin Rutte (Canada)

Readers of the book can download Leah Davcheva’s posters from this page, using the password given in the book.

Praise for the Host Leadership Field Book

“This compendium puts Host Leadership at the forefront of leadership development approaches, where it deservedly belongs. More than a collection of well-crafted papers from a diverse global cadre, this Field Book represents a solid record of phronesis—wisdom gathered from practice. A wonderful addition to McKergow and Bailey’s excellent introduction of Host that can help you effectively embody and apply new skills as a Host Leader.” Paul R. Scheele, PhD. in Leadership & Change, CEO, Scheele Learning Systems, co-founder, Learning Strategies Corporation

“Accomplishes what we all want – real life examples: a compilation of experiences, developments, learnings, applications and further enquiry into Host Leadership around the world. The gentle art of hosting is one of the only tools you will need in becoming a collaborative and successful human being.” Andrew Paine, Learning & Development, Lush Cosmetics

“Mark and Helen have spent years diligently documenting and understanding the key leadership capacities needed to host in the world. Whether it is working in management or leadership, facilitating meetings, or organizing to improve our communities, the six roles they have identified are crystal clear distillations of a key leadership practice suited for our times.  This book takes that knowledge to the field with stories and insights from all over to inspire and encourage your own practice of Host Leadership. Take it on your journey with you. It may just be the map you need.” Chris Corrigan, global steward, Art of Hosting community of practice

“Bringing people together is important, and doing it well makes all the difference. In this wonderfully varied book you will find all kinds of ways to put in place the key principles of hosting that will help you effectively and quickly build cooperation, trust and results. “   Dr Ivan Misner, Founder of BNI and NY Times Bestselling Author

“Host leadership is inspiring metaphor. Like all generalizations, it becomes useful only insofar as one’s knowledge of the particulars will take you. Because this book so thoroughly fills in the particulars, it will take you a long way, indeed.”   Stephen Josephs, Ed.D. Santa Barbara, CA, USA

“A sharing platter of insights, stories and wisdom, crammed with guidance and experience and a vital companion to anyone in a leadership role. I thoroughly recommend it!” Dr Andrew Bastawrous, Founder & CEO Peek Vision, Associate Professor in International Eye Health

“A tremendous and inspiring resource for anyone involved in leadership, coaching, or change . The Field Book is a veritable smorgasbord of practical ideas for working with others in organisations – whether they be multinational companies, small family firms, charities or community projects. This book proves the worth of Host Leadership as a practical and relevant tool in our VUCA world.” Mike Brent, Member of Faculty & Professor of Practice at Ashridge Executive Education @Hult International Business School, co- author of the Leader’s Guide to Influence and the Leader’s Guide to Coaching (FT Publishing)

“A brilliant gem of a book! Perfect to inspire and engage readers into the art and practice of host leadership. Whether you’re a beginner or advanced, there are wonderful stories of ways of engaging people, stimulating curiosity and giving lots of fascinating ideas for us to play with. The stories and ideas range from the hard-hitting practical to the deeply human.” Professor Alex Steele, Director, Improwise

“A true testament to the power of hosting – a movement that became a meeting that became a manual. Host Leadership comes of age with game-changing insights from community activation to agile management and tools you can apply tomorrow to unlock resourcefulness.”  Paul Wicks, TED Fellow and CEO, Wicks Digital Health