Jennifer Hancock


Jennifer Hancock is the author of several books, and founder of Humanist Learning Systems. Jennifer is unique in that she was raised as a freethinker and is one of the top speakers and writers in the world of humanism today… Read more

Happiness Through Humanism

Short posts about the Humanist philosophy designed to encourage people to live ethical lives of personal fulfillment that aspire to the greater good of humanity.

What transforms a manager into a leader?

One of the main things I think helps – is having a philosophic conversation on what it means to be a good manager. Often – management training is about – processes and reporting expectations.


What transforms a manager into a leader – is actually philosophy. Giving people time to think about what the ethical thing to do is. How to use ethics to help motivate people to do good work. How to use ethics to set goals that people can rally around and want to work for.  Ethical philosophy is perhaps the most underrated skill but it’s what distinguishes a leader from a manager.

What I like to see is activities that pose questions and allow participants to have ethical discussions about what a good solution might look like. Or what is an ideal ethical method for dealing with a lying employee for instance. The great thing about ethics is that the best way to teach it is to pose questions and let people – think and discuss it.

I have online courses – and a new book on this actually – Applied Humanism: How to create more effective and ethical businesses.

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I just finished reading, Applied Humanism. I loved its clarity and straightforwardness. In many ways the writing is deceptively simple: the concepts and their applications are universal in appeal yet subtle in their implications for living and working in today’s world. – Chris Lazlo, Professor of Organizational Behavior, Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio…

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