This second Host Leadership Hint in our new series comes from Dr Mark McKergow, co-author of the Host book.
As I write this, people around the world are starting to emerge
from a strange time of physical separation combined with high levels of mutual
interdependence. We have to stay separate, and yet we may be even
more reliant on others – to bring supplies, to connect for conversation, to
stay clean and safe, to contain the virus. In such a world, acting as a
Initiator – making the first move – is even more important than usual.
I live in a rather splendid street in central Edinburgh. I and my wife Jenny had met a few neighbours once a couple of years ago, but nothing since – people largely seemed to keep themselves to themselves. When the lock-down came, Jenny thought to dig out the email addresses she had, write to everyone and suggest that we might keep a note of each other’s contact details in case of emergencies, anyone needed shopping or whatever. There was an immediate and enthusiastic response; good idea, great to hear from you, adding new people, and so on.
A Whatsapp group then started. Information was shared about local greengrocers and fishmongers who were delivering. One brave neighbour even requested that Mark might play his saxophone in the street, which has developed into a weekly performance for eleven weeks. And all this started because SOMEONE stepped forward to get it moving.
This is the Host Leadership role of the Initiator
– the role of seeing that something needs to happen, could be a priority, might
be important. SOMEONE has to make the first move. And that move, in Host
Leadership, might lead to an invitation to others to get involved.
There are opportunities out there right now with things needing to happen, and people wondering who might do something. What can you start? How can you make the first move? How can you give other people something to notice and respond to?
PS Mark has been initiating himself in the last couple of week with his new Village-In-The-City Manifesto – take a look on the Host Leadership website.