Shifting the Context of Leadership

This is not an argument against leaders or leadership, only a desire to change the nature of our thinking. Communal transformation requires a certain kind of leadership, one that creates conditions where context shifts:


  • From a place of fear and fault to one of gifts, generosity, and abundance
  • From a belief in more laws and oversight to a belief in social fabric and chosen accountability
  • From the corporation and systems as central, to associational life as central
  • From a focus on leaders to a focus on citizens
  • From problems to possibility


For this shift in context to occur, we need leadership that supports a restorative path. Restoration calls for us to deglamorize leadership and consider it a quality that exists in all human beings. We need to simplify leadership and construct it …

What has leadership typically meant to you? Choose one of the paradigm shifts in the bullets above. Take a couple minutes to be curious about these shifts. What other way might you lead to make such a shift possible?



Block, Peter. Community: The Structure of Belonging (p. 85). Berrett-Koehler Publishers. Kindle Edition.

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