HLI Values, Vision & Mission

We Value

Fair Strength, Humane Leadership

Fair Strength

Generative Care, Humane Leadership

Generative Care

Wise Balance, Humane Leadership

Wise Balance

Fair Strength: Humane leaders balance their strength with fairness- they are only strong when they need to be. Their strength is measured, wise, serves as many as possible, and seeks a powerful elegance.

Generative Care: Humane leaders nurture, but do not coddle, there’s a muscular clarity to their holding of a person, their current needs, and their future potential. There needs to be an element of love in our work – for the people we’re serving, for the people were leading, and for our hope and faith in humanity.  If there’s not, maybe we shouldn’t be leading at all.

Wise Balance: The diamond of our fair strength must rest upon balanced wisdom. Our decisions must weigh many things – our own very human needs and deeply held, loftiest values, the various needs of our team, our organization and our shared social and natural ecosystems, and, of course, the use of financial, natural and time resources.  Humane leaders are lovers and seekers of wisdom in all its forms from all its sources.

Our Vision for Humane Leaders

  • Our values and curiosity increase our personal and collective understanding of and commitment to humane leadership
  • Our learnings about humane leadership makes our efforts increasingly effective
  • We become beacons for thoughtful, committed leaders in local communities as well as organizations and businesses globally
  • Over time our humane leadership practices become a new foundation for the work of our world

Our Mission

The Humane Leadership Institute positively impacts global leadership culture by:

  • Exploring deeper truths about what leadership means and what forms of leadership we need from each other
  • Publishing and sharing humane leadership learnings
  • Advising leaders on how to bring humane leadership practices to their work
  • Training leaders at all levels to bring more effectiveness and humanity to their efforts

Our Foci

  • Needs and Values – humane leaders focus on understanding the foundations of purpose and motivations
  • Questions – we use beautiful questions to transform our consciousness of ourselves, each other, and the relationship between reality and possibility
  • Earned Influence – humane leaders improve engagement by earning influence and aligning people’s work with their own and the organization’s values rather than by climbing a role-based ladder
  • Human Connection – we connect teams in expansive, inclusive, and constructive collaboration around questions of purpose, cooperation, performance, and leadership
  • Excellent Performance – humane leaders improve performance by working collaboratively with teams to ask better questions about the motivations, opportunities, clarity of expectations, and abilities that affect business outcomes

Stephen Sloan

Stephen Sloan has over 30 years of leadership and organization transformation experience in a range of industries, including nonprofit, education, technology, and consumer products.

Stephen’s previous roles include leadership in and consulting to startups and turnarounds of nonprofit arts and education organizations and businesses in ERP and CRM, software development, and online marketing. He served in leadership and led digital transformation initiatives in operations, customer experience, and B2B sales at Harry & David and consulting with Global 1000 technology firms on marketing and partner strategy.

Stephen has a BA from UCLA and completed core MBA course work at The Paul Merage School of Business at UC Irvine before stepping into entrepreneurship and consulting.

In addition to leading the Humane Leadership Institute, Stephen has served on numerous nonprofit boards of directors.

Stephen Sloan, Humane Leadership