Business and government leaders need to answer some fundamental questions. Do we want a society based on economic models or on meaning and purpose? Do we want a society that puts people first or puts profits and economic performance first?
These are questions of leadership, since leaders create the environment in which business and government operate.
Human-centred leadership offers a way forward, since it puts people first and does what is right for people. Unilever’s Paul Polman insists business cannot prosper in a community that fails in a human-centred approach.Read More
Paul Polman, global CEO of Unilever, knows it. So, too, do other leading CEOs: the key to their success is putting people first. Anthony Howard outlines how a human-centred approach to leadership does not need to be ‘fluffy’ or risk averseRead More
You can learn much from the example of people like Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela – although their experience may seem far removed from you. They remind us that people matter, and that it is important to stand up for people.
This is the example set by Paul Polman, global CEO of Unilever, who consistently reminds us that ‘business cannot succeed in a community that fails.’ During more than five very successful years at the helm of Unilever he has constantly reminded those inside Unilever – as well as all levels of business government and society – that you need to look at where your firm touches people, at the impact it has on the communities of which it is a part.Read More
Becoming a CEO doesn’t mean you also become a good leader. In earning the new position hopefully you’ve proven your leadership capabilities, but we all know this isn’t always the case. No two people lead the same way and yet there are a handful that we could consider great. So what makes a good boss and a great leader?Read More
Anthony Howard says the best leaders put people first to create an environment in which their employees can flourish
Human-centred leadership is a new model of leadership for the 21st century. However it is based on human-centred practices more than twenty centuries old.
These practices focus on living a good life — the best possible life — and being the best person you can be.
As such they provide insights about leadership that apply to the most challenging situations of the 21st century.
The ancient Greeks believed that a ‘good life’ was a life of human flourishing, and that the key to that was the practice of good habits, or doing the right thing in order to become the best person you can.
Why does this matter for leadership?Read More
THE ANCIENT GREEKS BELIEVED THAT A ‘GOOD LIFE’ was a life of human flourishing, and that the key to that was the practice of good habits, or doing the right thing in order to become the best person you can.
Why does this matter for leadership? Because leadership is fundamentally about a relationship with other people – it is human-centred – and helping those people become all they can be. This suggests three key insights that can help you become a human-centred leader.Read More