Gathering 2016


Host_Gath_2016_01Exciting news!   Our first international Host Leadership Gathering is coming to London from 14-16 September 2016.

Wednesday 14 September 2016:  Pre-conference introduction day, Meet Host Leadership with Mark McKergow and Helen Bailey (authors of Host).  Plus pre-conference evening social meet-up hosted by Mark and Helen.

Thursday 15 September 2016:  Host Leadership Gathering 2016 – featuring international speakers, activities, networking, discussions about using Host Leadership and other ‘post-heroic’ leadership models in areas including projects, business, healthcare, public service and education.

Friday 16 September 2016: Follow-on Open Space day to engage with an even wider range of inputs and topics – come and bring your passions, ideas, experiences and challenges and convene free-flowing conversations .  This day reflects our desire to host you and your passions as well as sharing ours, and is exclusive to Gathering participants.

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Host Leadership Gathering 2016 programme

Since the publication of Host in late 2014, worldwide interest has been growing in the paradigm of leading as a host, with Mark and Helen leading trainings and giving keynotes in the UK and internationally.  Now we invite anyone and everyone interested in host leadership, or other related ‘post-heroic’ leadership ideas – to gather in London and join the next steps in developing and using these ideas.

Host leadership – the metaphor of leading as a host – is a powerful yet practical way to build engagement, performance and results.  Some of you may have been using these ideas in various ways already, and some may be coming to them afresh.  Whatever your experience, we are looking forward to welcoming you to London.  We are offering:

  • A varied and participative programme with lots of chances to meet other people
  • Contributions about experience of using host leadership in different situations
  • A chance to get a firm grounding in host leadership for newcomers
  • Opportunities to convene conversations around your own passions, challenges and ideas
  • Connections with people around the world who are interested to lead and engage in new ways.

Speakers and participants already confirmed for the conference include:

More speakers will be added soon.  We will also be having an optional open space session on Friday 16 September 2016, so that anyone can convene and host a conversation on a topic about which they are passionate.  You can book via our Eventbrite page or by scrolling down on this page.

Pre-conference workshop: Meet Host Leadership, Wednesday 14 September 2016

Mark McKergow and Helen Bailey will be leading a pre-conference training day on Wednesday 14 September 2016.  ‘Meet Host Leadership’ gives you the chance to work with the co-authors of Host to discover not only the amazing metaphor of leading as a host, but also the detail underpinning it, the six new ‘roles of engagement’, and the four positions of a host leader.  By the end of the day you will have a complete overview of the possibilities revealed by acting as a host in your own organisation, and with colleagues, customers and stakeholders.  This is a wonderful opportunity to work with Mark and Helen themselves and get the very best start to your Host Leadership Gathering 2016.

The workshop runs 10am – 5pm on Wednesday 14 September at Resource for London, 356 Holloway Road, London N7 6PA – details below.


ResourceforLondon1The events will take place at Resource for London, 356 Holloway Road, London, N7 6PA.   This is in north London, on the corner of Holloway Road and Tollington Road next to the Waitrose store and close to Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium.  It is easily accessible by Tube (Holloway Road station, Piccadilly Line) and buses up and down Holloway RoadClick here for a map.


There are no hotels directly on the conference site.  You may like to consider the Premier Inn hotels at Angel, Islington or Archway – both are a short bus ride from the venue.  (Angel Islington is closer to the centre of London, Archway is a little further out.)


These are early bird prices, valid until 31 July when they will go up!  Note that these prices include VAT and all taxes.


If you have any questions about the 2016 Gathering, please get in touch with us right away.  Contact us by email at, or call 08453 707145 (or +44 (0)207 609 3466 from outside the UK).  We will be very pleased to hear from you.