Fierce Excerpts: The Structure of Belonging.

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Now Reading | Community: The Structure of Belonging.

One of our Fierce friends, Jack Burgess, posted this yesterday from the book titled Community: The Structure of Belonging by Peter Block. I loved the sentiment about leadership and wanted to share it here:

The shift is to believe that the task of leadership is to provide context and produce engagement, to tend to our social fabric. It is to see the leader as one whose function is to engage groups of people in a way that creates accountability and commitment.

In this way of thinking we hold leadership to three tasks:

  1. Create a context that nurtures an alternate future, one based on gifts, generosity, accountability, and commitment.
  1. Initiate and convene conversations that shift people’s experience, which occurs through the way people are brought together and the nature of the questions used to engage them.
  1. Listen and pay attention.