Human Centred Leadership
Organisations need more human-centred leadership.
What does this really mean?
We think it largely comes down to whether leaders see the person first or the employee first. Are we treating employees as tasks or functions, their titles, or as unique human beings? Do we make the effort to connect at a human level with people and build relationships?
Leading from a place of humanness shows we genuinely care about the people we lead and place ourselves at the service of those people. These are often referred to as ‘soft skills’. We’re not fans of that phrase. There’s nothing soft about this approach to leadership. It takes courage to show up and demonstrate our own humanity and emotion first as leaders. To put the needs of those we are privileged to lead before our own self interest. It takes patience, consistency of approach, and an open and curious mind to really listen and learn from the people around you.
We’d argue it’s the hardest form of leadership to practice, but also achieves the biggest impact and legacy. People centred cultures start with people centred leaders.