The book I have been reading over Christmas is this one "Humble Leadership: The power of relationships, openness and trust" by Edgar Schein and his son Peter Schein.
I particularly like their four levels of relationship tough I think I may like to add one or two more levels.
- Level Minus 1: Total impersonal domination and coercion
- Level 1: Transactional role and rule-based supervision, service, and most forms of the "professional" helping relationships
- Level 2: Personal cooperative, trusting relationships as in friendships and in effective teams
- Level 3: Emotionally intimate total mutual commitments
And one other new book that I am just starting to get into "The Talking Revolution: How Creative Conversation Can Change The World" by Peter Osborn and Eddy Canfor-Dumas which has a lot of overlap with my thinking on Conversational Leadership.