Humanising Leadership

I am reading Dr Kerrie Fleming and Roger Delves’ book, ‘Inspiring Leadership’ and am loving it!

Kerrie Fleming asks why we don’t see more adverts like this for leaders:

‘We seek someone who is steeped in self awareness and awareness of others. A person who shows integrity and compassion to employees and cares about their welfare and their success, someone who empowers each employee to fulfil their own and the ambitions of the company, creating a mutually successful environment which fulfils stakeholder and shareholder needs’

She suggests the potential benefits of such recruitment to organisations including: leaders with these skills attracting a large pool of talent to work with them and employees being more engaged at work with consequent increased creativity and productivity etc. Moreover, she asserts that leaders with these skills will be resilient in VUCA environments.

How would you fare if you were to put yourself forward for such a job?

What examples/evidence would you cite?

How would you begin to create a more human culture at work?

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