What does it mean to be a leader: A humanist perspective

What does it mean to be a good leader? What are the mistakes people often make thinking they're acting like leaders. How can individuals assert leadership skills without coming off as too aggressive,
cocky, or a jerk?

A leader is a coordinator.  A group of people have a task to accomplish. Different people are assigned different task. The work has to be coordinated. The leader is the person who helps coordinate the work.  Leadership is a servant position.

A leader can also be a person who shared a vision of the future and the work that needs to be done to get to that future. Again, this is about problem solving and motivating people to solve problems in a cooperative way.

A big mistake people make when they become leaders is they think that means they get to dictate to people what work needs to be done and how to do it. That makes someone a dictator, not a leader.

Another mistake people make is that they assume that their way is the right way and it may not be. A leader wants a solution to a problem. If their proposed solution turns out to not work, they listen to their team and take advance and adjust course. Again – this is about focusing on making sure the problem is solved. Not – being the person in charge.

The final mistake people who try to be leaders make is that their strategy for how to get things done and what needs to get done is not reality based. If you don’t have a reality based strategy – you don’t have a solution to the problem you are trying to fix.

To learn more about the humanistic approach - consider taking the course - Principles of Humanistic Management.

When we are in a leadership position, we have even more responsibility to do 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. To be an effective ethical leader requires a variety of different interrelated skills.

The goal of this program is to help you, as a leader, make better decisions so you can be more effective with the interpersonal relationships involved in managing people and hopefully help you feel more fulfilled in your work at the same time.

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