Can leaders improve performance by better serving human needs?

Work is an opportunity to get out of our isolated selves and develop new capabilities, new skills, new competencies, and new connections to the world. We do that by collaborating with other people.

At the Humane Leadership Conference we are developing practical tools that allow us to dig into and refine our approaches to leading ourselves and others.

Our key questions

  • Can more humane leadership improve performance?
  • How to lead more humanely?
  • How to make humane leadership the norm?

Our focus

  • High Performance - humane leaders improve performance by reaching deeper and wider than simply applying measures, accountability and external motivations
  • Earned Influence - humane leaders improve engagement by earning influence and aligning people’s work with their own and the organization's values rather than by climbing a role-based ladder
  • Human Connection - we connect humane leaders in expansive, inclusive, and constructive collaboration around our shared definitions of purpose, cooperation, performance, and leadership

How we do it

  • Experimenting with our own self-leadership methods
  • Leveraging what we learn about humane leadership of ourselves into leading others more effectively
  • Sharing with others who want to transform their own leadership and the larger culture of leadership
  • Developing online curricula, workshops and events

Learn more about

  • Improving performance and business outcomes
  • Engaging more of our humanity at work
  • Experimenting with fresh mental models to invigorate creativity and accountability
  • Hosting conversations that improve team engagement and experience
  • The role of the humanities in business
  • Joining the Humane Leadership Conference community


  • How can more humane employee experiences produce better business outcomes?
  • How can I improve my performance by acknowledging my own humanity and transcending my limitations to reach even higher goals?
  • What questions can we ask our prospective leaders before committing to be led by them?
  • How can we experiment with persuasive technology and user experience design principles to create our own, positive dopamine loops?
  • More

Let's design what's next together.

Learn how to get involved here