Humanistic Management

To be an effective ethical leader requires a variety of different interrelated skills. But learning the skills isn’t enough. How you apply those skills and to what purpose matters to.

This is why Humanistic Management isn’t simply a buzz word. It’s not just about skills. It’s about philosophy. Specifically the Humanist philosophy. Humanism is a philosophy that centers on respect for your fellow humans. It is the recognition that our behavior impacts others. We don’t live in a vacuum.

When we are in a leadership position, we have even more responsibility to do and be good, not just for ourselves, but for our team as well. Humanistic management or leadership is a philosophic approach that is at once: compassionate, ethical, reasonable and strategic.

Humanistic management is a shift in philosophy. It answers the questions of WHY we manage and to what end. And this shift is foundational philosophy is important to the future of the world we live in. There is a reason why Humanistic Business Management is being discussed.

In the world of business, one of the why’s we conduct business is always going to be -  to make money. There is nothing wrong with making money. Humanists, though, ask why. Why make money? What are we going to do with that money? How are we going to use it to help ourselves and help others (including our employees who helped us make this money!).

Making money is important, but it’s not the end all be all of business management. Money is a tool. It helps us accomplish things, like protecting us from privation. If we are protected from privation but we don’t use our money to help protect our employees from privation, we aren’t doing business well, not by Humanist standards.

But it’s not just about what we want to do with the money we make, businesses also exist to solve problems. Which problems do we want to solve with our business and why. Who is impacted by our business. How can we use our business to make the world a better place for ourselves and others.

The core of the philosophy is this: Humans matter. The humans we are helping through our business matter and the people we employ to help our customers matter too. It's not one or the other. It's both. This philosophic attention to the very real humans that are central to your business is what makes humanistic management unique. And it's not just about the reason for business, it influences HOW we run our business and how we treat our employees.

If you are interested in learning some of the philosophic principles of humanistic management and how you can apply them to your role as a manager of people, consider taking this introduction to Humanistic Management program. It covers 7 core principles of the philosophy as it applies to managing people.

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