The Humane Leadership Conference is an invitation to redefine leadership–our own self-leadership, the ways we lead others, and the criteria we use for those who lead us. What is a humane leader?
We offer leadership training and leadership development courses using the many tools we have created:
Performance review that is easy, clarifying, aligning, and motivating
Evaluating risk & decisions
Aligning one’s values within the values of an organization
Networking for non-networkers
We offer leadership training workshops as well as team facilitation, support, and coaching. We also provide individual leadership coaching and support and year-long cohorts. For organizations, we also offer train-the-trainer programs and team alignment workshops.
At the close of Drucker Forum 2017, Charles Handy called for a reformation of business enterprises. Frederick Bird and Henry Mintzberg responded with a tongue-in-cheek revision of Luther’s 95 Theses, their 9.5 Theses which included this paraphrase of Luther’s thesis #32:
Those who believe they can be certain of their salvation because they have achieved higher share value will be eternally damned, together with their consultants.
In the US, government seems to gladly allow enterprises to set their own scopes of responsibility, mainly shareholder value, even when that directly conflicts with the best interests of the employees and the communities affected by the production, transportation, and disposal of their products. (Here’s a recent glaring example).
Heidi Gehman had some questions for Stephen about HLC. Heidi is a higher education administrator and former colleague of Stephen’s at Oregon Extension. This is part of Stephen’s conversation with Heidi about her work here.
In reclaiming her own integrity and future by resigning, a Florida teacher in the Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) made a powerful statement about our need to stop following leadership that doesn’t know how to lead. The teacher wrote:
“Florida’s startling attrition rate of 40% for educators [in the first] five years [of teaching] …. means my woes are shared by many. “OCPS Means Success” doesn’t mean squat if those measuring the success only recognize a specific brand of success, and continue to ignore the needs of their educators and students.”
Managers who fail to meet our basic human needs while hiding behind standards and data, have not earned the right to lead us. The current leadership structure may have role-based authority but they also must earn the trust and influence required to lead us. Of course, some educational leaders are doing great work at the nearly impossible task of meeting the changing needs of children, society and the imposed standards, but, clearly others are not meeting the needs of teachers and students.
Recently, the New York Times reported on a crisis in leadership at the New York City Ballet:
“The country’s premier ballet company, which has defined grace, speed and precision since the days of its co-founder George Balanchine, is now also a stage for the era’s #MeToo convulsions.” In the end, the ballet is looking to hire a new “humane leader.”