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Servant? I’d 
rather be a Host! 
Pierluigi Pugliese 
http://blog.connexxo.com
What is Leadership? 
• What do you think?
Heroic Leadership 
Leader 
as Hero
Not a hero, but a servant 
Leader as 
Servant 
R. Greenleaf, 1972
Servant-Leader Metaphor 
• What are the advantages and 
disadvantages of the leader as a 
servant?
Host Leadership 
McKergow, Bailey - “Host - Six new Roles of Engagement”, 2014
Host Leadership 
• Six Roles! 
• Four Positions! 
• Contextual flexibility! 
• A useful metaphor 
McKergow - Host Leadersh...
Host Leadership: 
The Six Roles
1. Initiator 
Calling to action
2. Inviter
3. Space Creator 
Create the Spaces 
AND 
be active in them
4. Gatekeeper 
Defend boundaries ! 
AND! 
Allow participation!
5. Connector
6. Co-Participator 
Providing for AND Joining in
Host Leadership: 
The Four Positions
A. On the stage
B. Among the people
C. On the balcony
D. In the kitchen
Host Leaders for a Better Software 
• Use the metaphor of the Host: what 
could each role do?! 
• Middle Manager! 
• Senio...
Host Leaders for a Better Software 
• Six Roles! 
• Initiator! 
• Inviter! 
• Space Creator! 
• Gatekeeper! 
• Connector! ...
Host Leadership: Summary 
• Metaphor for Leadership! 
• Six Roles! 
• Initiator! 
• Inviter! 
• Space Creator! 
• Gatekeep...
Host Leadership: How will you use it?
Questions? 
Now or per email pierluigi [dot] pugliese: [at] agilereloaded [dot] it
Pierluigi Pugliese 
http://blog.connexxo.com
Host Leadership @ Better Software 2014
Host Leadership @ Better Software 2014
Host Leadership @ Better Software 2014
Host Leadership @ Better Software 2014
Host Leadership @ Better Software 2014
Host Leadership @ Better Software 2014
Host Leadership @ Better Software 2014
Host Leadership @ Better Software 2014
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Host Leadership @ Better Software 2014

  1. 1. Servant? I’d rather be a Host! Pierluigi Pugliese http://blog.connexxo.com
  2. 2. What is Leadership? • What do you think?
  3. 3. Heroic Leadership Leader as Hero
  4. 4. Not a hero, but a servant Leader as Servant R. Greenleaf, 1972
  5. 5. Servant-Leader Metaphor • What are the advantages and disadvantages of the leader as a servant?
  6. 6. Host Leadership McKergow, Bailey - “Host - Six new Roles of Engagement”, 2014
  7. 7. Host Leadership • Six Roles! • Four Positions! • Contextual flexibility! • A useful metaphor McKergow - Host Leadership
  8. 8. Host Leadership: The Six Roles
  9. 9. 1. Initiator Calling to action
  10. 10. 2. Inviter
  11. 11. 3. Space Creator Create the Spaces AND be active in them
  12. 12. 4. Gatekeeper Defend boundaries ! AND! Allow participation!
  13. 13. 5. Connector
  14. 14. 6. Co-Participator Providing for AND Joining in
  15. 15. Host Leadership: The Four Positions
  16. 16. A. On the stage
  17. 17. B. Among the people
  18. 18. C. On the balcony
  19. 19. D. In the kitchen
  20. 20. Host Leaders for a Better Software • Use the metaphor of the Host: what could each role do?! • Middle Manager! • Senior Manager! • Executive! • Developer! • Tester! • Product Owner / Product Manager! • ScrumMaster / [Team/Agile] Coach! • Consider the 6 Roles and the 4 Positions
  21. 21. Host Leaders for a Better Software • Six Roles! • Initiator! • Inviter! • Space Creator! • Gatekeeper! • Connector! • Co-Participator! • Four Positions! • On the stage! • Among the others! • On the balcony! • In the kitchen
  22. 22. Host Leadership: Summary • Metaphor for Leadership! • Six Roles! • Initiator! • Inviter! • Space Creator! • Gatekeeper! • Connector! • Co-Participator! • Four Positions! • On the stage! • Among the others! • On the balcony! • In the kitchen
  23. 23. Host Leadership: How will you use it?
  24. 24. Questions? Now or per email pierluigi [dot] pugliese: [at] agilereloaded [dot] it
  25. 25. Pierluigi Pugliese http://blog.connexxo.com

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