Today I want to welcome you to a new chapter of our journey toward personal growth and development!
On this occasion, we will talk about a leadership style that transforms lives and generates extraordinary results: Humanistic Leadership.
Now, you may be intrigued to know the definition of Humanistic Leadership and how it differs from its more conventional counterpart, Traditional Leadership.
Let’s start by defining that humanistic or XXI century leadership is focused on people. It goes beyond numbers and goals to be met; It is based on empathy and understanding of individual needs. It is focused on the well-being and growth of individuals within the organization, even above the profits of the company.
On the other hand, traditional leadership is centered on rigid hierarchies. It is a style based on control and authority on the part of the leader, in which they do not involve other members in their decisions or strategies.
Humanistic Leadership Begins with Self-Knowledge
This type of leadership starts from the premise that, to guide others, one must be able to lead oneself, and to achieve this, we must know ourselves well. At this point we must remember that leadership is not reserved for those who work within a company; we are all leaders of our own lives.
Now, how can we know ourselves well? This is a question that most people don’t ask. However, it is very important to know the answer because it will allow us to define what our weaknesses, strengths, and personal values are. The answer to the question is: We can get to know ourselves by defining who we
I firmly believe that this model of leadership comes from the heart. It consists of trusting others, being compassionate, and above all, being ethical.
For a long time, I tried to suppress those characteristics to fit into a very masculine environment. But now, I am clear that when I have done my best, it has been when I have led from the heart; when I have led from humanity.
Benefits of Humanistic Leadership
Adopting this leadership style offers profound and far-reaching benefits, both personally and business- wise.
For individuals, humanistic leadership provides a sense of belonging while fostering personal growth. It reduces stress levels within work teams, creating positive environments.
On the other hand, at the business level, the organizational culture is congenial and supportive.
Employees increase their productivity, stay motivated, and remain engaged.
Implementing Humanistic Leadership within Organizations
Cultivating Humanist Culture
The first step we must take for the implementation of humanistic leadership is the creation of a culture that values and supports the well-being of team members. This involves developing empathy and communicating openly and transparently at all levels. Thus, the sense of belonging and commitment within the organization is strengthened.
Fostering Professional and Personal Development
The second step is to focus on the integral development of employees. This means offering possibilities for growth and learning beyond technical skills.
It is very important to highlight that humanistic leaders play a fundamental role as mentors. When we identify each individual’s strengths and weaknesses, we can help them develop to their full potential.
Finally, once this leadership style is implemented, the organization will be able to show tangible results. When a team is motivated and committed, the indicators of business success improve. In addition, I firmly believe that talent retention is strengthened, as employees find an environment where they can grow and thrive.
How Do We Know If We’re Doing a Good Job?
To know if we are on the right track, the key is to listen with the heart and observe carefully.
First, listen to people. Your voice is a reflection of what may be happening within the organization. When you talk to team members, can you tell if they feel valued and respected? Remember that feedback is a great indicator in leadership processes.
Second, look closely at the results. Keep in mind that the results your team obtains are a reflection of the trust you place in them.
Last but not least, evaluate your own growth. Stop for a moment and ask yourself: Am I cultivating empathy? How are my communication skills? Am I open to making changes? If you are committed to your purpose, it will be easier for you to lead from the heart.
Are you already applying humanistic leadership in your life or within your organization? Keep in mind that the transformation towards a more human approach will make a difference, not only in the culture of your company, but also in the lives of the people who are part of it.
Once again, thank you so much for reading. If you want to read new articles, tips, and reflections that will inspire you on your way, I invite you to be very aware of everything new that I have prepared for you. I am convinced that together we can build a transformative and meaningful world. Let’s make every step count!
As always, I am sending you a big hug,