Jennifer Hancock: Writer, Speaker, Humanist, Parent  


Jennifer Hancock

aka Jen the Humanist


What is Humanistic Leadership?

Humanistic Leadership is the application of Humanist principles to leadership and personal development. Humanism is a philosophy that recognizes the dignity and worth of each and every human on the planet. We treat people with respect and compassion. We strive to be ethical, responsbile and compassionate in everything we do.

In addition to our focus on morality, what makes Humanism so powerful is that we pay as much attention to how we think as we do to what we think. A Humanist leader is dedicated to make the best most ethical decisions they can make and to do that, they strive to use logic, critical thinking, reason and reality based decision making as much as possible.

Humanism is a transformative philosophy of life. When it is applied to human any human endeavor, it improves the quality of the work being done dramatically. A few examples of just how transformative Humanism can be when applied practically includes the advances in in psychology since the foundation of Humanistic Psychology, Humanistic medicine, Humanistic sociology and more.

To put it simply

Humanistic Leadership is:

  • Grounding your actions, all your actions, in your moral ethics.
  • Basing your decisions on sound knowledge and not just on assumptions
  • And living your life in a way that will infuse it with meaning and purpose, giving back to society and making the world a better place.

Additional Resources You Might Find Useful

In addition to the books and programs offered by Jennifer, there are a variety of other Humanistic Leadership resources available to you on the web.

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Also I do offer programs on Humanistic Parenting if you are interested.


Please Train Your Staff - a Humanistic Leadership in Action book by John Steinberg. This is a short, practical and passionate book about customer service, staff training and employee empowerment.

Please Lead Your Staff - another excellent primer in Humanistic Leadership in Action by John Steinberg - practical guidebook in the art of leading with people friendly, humanistic values.


Humanistic Management in Practice - This book investigates into the principles of humanistic management and examines their throretical merits. In order to demonstrate that humanistic ideas also work in practice and can lead to actionable management guidelines it is a collection of case examples of how businesses succeed in generating social value whilst being profitable.

Humanistic Ethics in the Age of Globality - Another great book for the folks at the Humanistic Management Center. This book seeks to answer the question: Is there a humanistic consensus that can bridge cultural and ethnic divides and reconcile the diverse and contrary interests of stakeholders world-wide?

Attuned Leadership - by Reuel Khoza. This book is by an African Humanist and business man. In this book he argues that "the philosophical traditions of Africa offer an important contribution to the theory and practice of leadership in the world today. African humanism or Ubuntu, evokes both reason and empathy as the basis for ethical leadership." 

Other Websites

Humanistic Management Center

Humanistic Management 2.0


Resources and Further Online Reading

Leadership Between Humanism and Pragmatism

Implementing a Dynamic Leadership Program

10 Principles of Personal Leadership by LeadQuest

A Humanistic Approach to Leadership Development

Humanistic Capitalism Resource Page

The Value of being Humanistic in Business by Malcom Levene

Does Growth Cause Happiness, or
Does Happiness Cause Growth?
by Charles Kenny, " a country that fosters happiness and stronger societies directly, through respect for basic human rights or attempts to limit inequality, might grow faster. Certainly, there is little evidence that they grow more slowly. Whatever the nature of causality between happiness and a stronger, inclusive, society, and the exploration above suggests it might be bi-directional, actions that improve happiness and the strength of social interaction are good in their own right and might have the added advantage of encouraging growth. There is no logic to putting off these policy changes until the nation can 'afford' them."

Bertrand Russell on critical thinking -






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