I’m enjoying Peter Block’s book “Community” on a recommendation from Michael Bungay-Stanier.
A quotation that leapt out of the page at me yesterday morning:

The role of leaders is not to be better role models or to drive change.
Their role is to create the structures and experiences that bring citizens together to identify and solve their own issues.

As I read this, I experience a shift in my personal thinking.
In our work with clients, we define leadership as

  1. creating a clear vision (and sharing that vision)
  2. the example of one’s own personal behaviour and
  3. letting go of management (always the real bungee jump for clients)
But Block’s definition – and his book, which is about ignoring hierarchical structures and facilitating change from within, will have a profound effect on my thinking and leadership with clients.

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Chris Barrow

Chris Barrow has been active as a consultant, trainer and coach to the UK dental profession for over 20 years. As a writer, his blog enjoys a strong following and he is a regular contributor to the dental press. Naturally direct, assertive and determined, he has the ability to reach conclusions quickly, as well as the sharp reflexes and lightness of touch to innovate, change tack and push boundaries. In 2014 he appeared as a “castaway” in the first season of the popular reality TV show “The Island with Bear Grylls”. His main professional focus is as Coach Barrow, providing coaching and mentorship to independent dentistry.