By Linda Fisher Thornton
As we struggle with compounding challenges around the world, people are more and more frequently seeking information about human or humane leadership. Why is the topic so timely? I believe it’s critical now because in a crisis we need a leader who can make people feel safe, respected and protected.
Here are some inspiring quotes about important elements of human leadership:
“Human leadership is grounded in self-respect and unconditional love. It comprehends and honors all people’s equal right to equity, dignity and integrity. It recognizes all people for who they are, accepts their unique contribution, treats them with respect and recognizes their value.”Sesil Pir, Human Leadership: What It Looks Like, And Why We Need It In The 21st Century, Forbes
As our understanding of what “good leadership” means continues to change, we are incorporating more of what it means to be human into the ways we lead.
“Businesses have started to treat employees like human beings, rather than workers whose only relevant wishes are company related.”Daniel Ross, Six Ways Leaders Can Humanize an Organization, SHRM’s Executive Network, HR People + Strategy
“The task of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity, but to elicit it, for the greatness is already there.”— John Buchan
Being human with others and leading them with zeal won’t be enough. Our leadership must demonstrate the highest character.
“Leadership consists not in degrees of technique but in traits of character.”— Lewis H. Lapham
“Humans will probably always need the help of especially gifted moral leaders in order to extend the bonds of caring and trust beyond the easy range of the family and the face-to-face community. Such bonds have become essential to the future of humanity.”—Paul R. Lawrence, Driven To Lead: Good, Bad, and Misguided Leadership
Ethics is at its heart about treating other people well. Human leadership is based on essential ethical principles, with ethics treated as central, not as an afterthought.
Ethical principles help us bring out people’s best and create a positive environment, and when they are central to our thoughts, words, and actions we can nurture a workspace that is human-friendly.