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Humanise: Why Human-Centred Leadership is the Key to the 21st Century


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Humanise: Why Human-Centred Leadership is the Key to the 21st Century

Anthony Howard

ISBN: 978-0-730-31664-0 January 2015 312 Pages


Legendary leaders change the world by putting leadership at the service of humanity

Humanise is a comprehensive look at human-centred leadership, providing insight and guidance for those who want to change the world. A deep examination of the concept of moral leadership, this book examines what it is, how it's acquired, and how it can be applied in business, government, and society. Readers will gain insight into predominant leadership styles exemplified in governments and organizations around the world, and discover the missing pieces that come together to more effectively guide people through challenges and transitions. With a focus on building a solid foundation, a strong moral compass, and deep empathy for others, this book shows you how to be a leader wherever you are, build your leadership capability, and make a positive impact on the world.

We are facing a crisis of leadership. Where are the new Mandelas? What type of person is that? What are their qualities and attributes? Who will lead us into the future? Humanise is a book for people who want to be the very best version of themselves, the best leader they can be, and impact the world for good.

  • Discover a different perspective on the leadership crisis throughout the world
  • Create your own leadership foundation starting with your purpose and principles
  • Turn your personal moral values into a leadership style that will benefit and inspire others
  • Influence the individuals and world around you to become a part of the solution

Following in the footsteps of Mandela and Ghandi, this book explains why great leadership is human-centred, and how you can become such a leader, no matter who you are or what position you are in. For those interested in picking up the torch and guiding the way, Humanise provides a roadmap to the version of you you've always wanted to be, and that the world needs you to be.

About the author xxvii

Acknowledgements xxix

Preface xxxi

Introduction: Discovering Human-Centred Leadership xxxiii

Part I: The challenge facing human-centred leaders 1

1 The future and the future of leadership 3

2 Shifts 1–3: Technology 13

3 Shift 4: Moral drift 23

4 Shift 5: The convergence and crossover of ‘man’ and machine 31

The Journey Map: a model for Parts II and III 41

Part II: Foundations for human-centred leaders 45

5 Becoming the best version of yourself 47

6 Foundations of leadership 59

7 In search of Beauty, Goodness and Truth 69

8 Discover your purpose 81

9 A life of virtue 93

10 Five virtues for effective leadership 109

11 Making wise decisions: thinking well 131

12 Making wise decisions: choosing well 141

13 Navigating life with a moral compass 155

Part III: Human-Centred Leadership in action 167

14 Human-Centred Leadership 171

15 Lead from where you are 179

16 Your organisational purpose 185

17 Leadership at the speed of relationship 193

18 Developing human-centred leaders 203

19 Moral reasoning 209

20 Moral decision making 221

Conclusion: Human-Centred Leaders Change the World 237

Endnotes 247

Bibliography 253

Index 257