leadership: from hero to host

What type of leadership does the world need? In a 2001 interview, writer and management consultant Margaret Wheatley said, “We need to move from the leader as hero, to the leader as host. Can we be as welcoming, congenial, and invitational to the people who work with us as we would be if they were our guests at a party? Can we think of the leader as a convener of people? [We need] a fundamental and unshakeable faith in people. You can’t turn over power to people you don’t trust. It just doesn’t happen.”

The best practices of leadership – those that seem to bring lasting change and genuine renewal to organizations and individuals – mirror the Anabaptist vision. They’re practices that call us to covenant, community, faith, hope, and love. They are practices of hospitality and shalom.