The Art of Participatory Leadership also known as The Art of Hosting (Conversations that Matter) is an approach to leadership that scales up from the personal to the systemic using personal practice, dialogue, facilitation and the co-creation of innovation to address complex challenges.

It is a multi-faceted, continually evolving set of practices and perspectives to host spaces where deeper levels of thinking and dialogue can emerge. It is a way to bring out collective intelligence/wisdom and create space for emergence – that phenomenon of new knowledge and practices that is generated through deep conversation that embraces complexity as well as honouring diverse paradigms, perspectives and experiences, without trying to find ‘the right answer’. This enquiry in turn supports sustainable, inspired, engaged and effective collaboration.

The Art of Participatory Leadership can be thought of as an iceberg. What appears first to the eye are all the methodologies, but they are only the visible tip. Beneath the surface we find the invisible scaffolding, attitudes and practices that allow the whole edifice to float. These are effectively the ways that transformational change can take place within a group, from a place of safety, respect and mindful engagement.

Adapted from The Art of Hosting & Harvesting handbook and www.artofhosting.org