Posted by Karen Wong

January 10, 2019

Leadership is an ongoing process, more than just a one-time event. An effective human-centric leader will be able to recognize the strengths of team members and provide insight and guidance. They are able to seize opportunities and work together with their employees toward company goals.

Most leadership traits can be learned and polished through time and effort. Today's leaders must be adaptable to change through various business models such as the Activity Based Work Model (ABW) and be well equipped to guide employees in the right direction. Below are five habits of leaders that prioritize their employees over data:

Builds Trust


According to a 2016 Global CEO survey conducted by PwC, it reveals that 55 percent of CEOs considered lack of trust in business as a threat to organizational growth. It is essential for leaders to create cultures of trust to provide greater empathy among employees and to improve performance.


Powerful leaders will ask questions and listen attentively. They will arrange communication at all levels whether it is by departments, the entire staff or one on one. They will accept different perspectives aside from analytical data. It is essential to be approachable and to involve employees at various levels.

Leadership Vision

Human-centric leaders are vision-driven. They will develop a clear and rational plan that will enable team managers and employees to engage in. Key priorities are set within the organization to focus on. In contrast, data-centric leaders will have difficulty prioritizing, where they will only value creation through profitability, market share numbers and incorporate data-driven insights into their goals.

Redefine Capabilities

It is essential to analyze the company’s market position and the factors that will influence its ability to compete. Human-centric leaders are capable of accepting changes and will evaluate their strategy and competencies required for achieving the organization’s goals.

Values Management

Management training is highly valued by human-centric leaders. They will provide the necessary training and tools for managers to develop skillsets required for the position, and allow managers to apply what they learn and cascade at scale.

Human-centric leaders put their people first. They can influence, motivate and bring people together to encourage growth, enhance the ability to innovate and to respond actively to challenges.

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