5 Qualities – of Human Centred Leaders.

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Human Centred Leaders possess many fine qualities. Some of these may come naturally and others need dedicated work to maintain. These 5 qualities are uniquely human traits we all possess but can become lost in the rush of busy work and pressure to perform.  Keeping these in view will help to sustain an organisation’s most valuable asset – their people 

These human centred traits can get lost in the rush of work - keep these in view to support those around you.


a sense of genuine humility is vital to human centred leadership as it authenticates a person’s humanity.

It speaks to our shared vulnerability as humans complete with our flaws and imperfections as well as capacity to grow and change.  

Humility allows you to see and develop potential in others without feeling threatened. It enables great leaders to create capability uplift that elevates everyone on their shared journey.

How do you demonstrate HUMILITY?


one of the most important qualities in life let alone leadership, it is the trait upon which all genuine relationships are built & sustained.

It speaks to a leader who walks their own talk. These leaders live out their actions of truth telling, are true to their word & follow through on their commitments.


Practising the trait of trustworthiness means you admit when you are wrong or don’t know something. This display of integrity & strength of character is rewarded through the immense loyalty & commitment of people willing to go the extra mile in their work for you.

This internal barometer of trust is then offered outwards. These leaders extend trust not through command and control but rather an abundance of accountable autonomy and support.

How do you demonstrate TRUSTWORTHINESS?


at times, one of the forgotten traits, yet particularly during times of uncertainty, the one who leads through the prism of our shared humanity is the one who makes the most progress.

It speaks to a leader who reflects on and acts through their values in their dealings with others.

It means you understand that as humans we all have our weaknesses & strengths.

With life throwing us curve balls, this leader is kind, for they know that everyone is fighting a hard battle one way or another.
There is great strength in kindness – authentically & regularly expressing care & appreciation boosts wellbeing & productivity during challenging times.

How do you demonstrate HUMANNESS?

These challenging times requires a dedication to continue with the work at hand whilst being open to uncertainty.


it’s time to confront the notion that it’s a leader’s job to always have the right answer in the face of critical challenges.

The ability to navigate ambiguity – and to guide people without necessarily knowing what’s around the corner, is one of the key leadership qualities of our time.  The reality is that solutions are a moving target, and no one leader possesses a silver bullet.

And innovation through a creative mindset is one of the human centred traits we need right now.

These leaders combine an abundance of emotional intelligence to manage their reactive states and inspire others to journey with them on the road to trial and error. By leaning into the unknown and establishing a style that incorporates many perspectives, sustains optimism in the face of negativity and perseveres through uncertainty, this human centred leadership trait will guide us through to new ways of being and doing for a brighter future.

How do you demonstrate an INNOVATIVE approach?



it’s apt at this time, as many of us around the world go back into another COVID lockdown, that we acknowledge this quality of Human Centred Leaders.

Self-discipline is the ability to resist impulses, maintain focus on the end goal and see stated objectives through to completion. It’s about delaying quick gratification for the longer term rewards of a patient and methodical approach to achieving difficult outcomes.

It’s now more than ever that we must practice Human Centred Leadership for ourselves and for each other.

This practice of self-discipline draws on other important traits such as emotional intelligence, resilience, open-mindedness and a growth mindset.

The understanding is, that through the uncertain journey towards great outcomes, the challenges and roadblocks that block our way in fact become our beacons for learning and growth

By leaning into the unknown, committing to stay the course and traverse the difficulties of the road ahead, it’s the human centred leaders that will see themselves and each other through the current stormy weather.

By leaning into the unknown, committing to stay the course and traverse the difficulties of the road ahead, it’s the human centred leaders that will see themselves and each other through the current stormy weather.

How do you demonstrate DISCIPLINE?

So there you have it, 5 human traits for Human Centred Leaders. When these qualities work together in unison

  • engagement is enhanced,
  • wellbeing is fortified, and
  • ingenuity can thrive


How do you see these 5 qualities working for you and your leadership?

Gabby Hartin M’Ed (USA), B’Ed (Aust.) MATID

Gabby Hartin M’Ed (USA), B’Ed (Aust.) MATID

Gabby is the Founder and CEO of Higher Curve. a Human Development Agency helping organisations utilise the uniquely human traits that will guide us through the turbulence of an unpredictable world. As a world recognised Human Development Expert, she works with organisations to unlock the human potential within. She delivers her passion across Australia and around the world.

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