Thanks Aaron. I think you hit the nail on the head in your last paragraph!
I was aware of the different leadership metaphors but hadn’t really engaged with the reality of their application much. My friends and colleagues at GCI have done a fair bit of work with Mark McKergow on Solutions Focus approaches to coaching, and more recently on Host Leadership. I think that this metaphor adds something really interesting and helpful to the conundrum of leadership style. I haven’t read the book (yet) but the website has some useful material (inc videos) http://hostleadership.com/