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The Human Leader

The Human Leader

By Colleen Davis @VuselelaDavis
Today’s successful leaders are comfortable owning their human identity and seeing the humanity in their teams and clients. Colleen Davis is an Executive Coach specializing in human leadership identity. In this podcast, Colleen and invited guests, unpack nuggets of wisdom taken from different elements that relate to human leadership.
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Rebuilding Trust

The Human Leader

Back out of hibernation
We are back, stronger and wiser. The pandemic disrupted this podcast as it did so many others... but our focus is now refined. Every Tuesday we will look at different elements of human leadership highlighting the regenerative power of being a human leader, who leads with compassion.
November 17, 2021
#2 Friday Focus: Gratitude
Having an attitude of gratitude affects the human brain and makes us healthier... I tell you more about it in this podcast designed to give you the tips, skills and knowledge to lead.
November 27, 2020
Focus Friday 20/11/20
Being human means that each one of us comes from a unique experience. Are you able to truly listen to someone’s truth that may be different to yours and speak into it?
November 20, 2020
Rebuilding Trust
Trust is a key to building a highly productive team but is often taken for granted, resulting in talent quietly moving away. What is Trust and why is it important and how do you rebuild it in a time of COVID-19. Join Colleen Davis from Vuselela Davis as she unpacks this essential element of leadership for the Human Leader.
October 05, 2020
What leaders need to know in the 2020 time of huge disruption.
As a leader you face many challenges, including your own exhaustion. What should you look at what should you look out for and how do you start planning for your recovery? In this new season we focus on the support for leaders to be more human, allowing their teams to be more human, bringing about strong, robust teams that can thrive in the 21st Century
September 04, 2020
Burnout and Stress Less
An interview with Sean Waters, from the Stress Less Clinic. Sean shares his wisdom and thoughts on stress and the pandemic, he calls it a ‘panic-demic’. He gives us some pointers to survive stress, to keep it simple, practical and to focus on your attitude. He looks at our negative bias and he talks about his passion for healthcare professionals who are suffering burnout and PTSD. He shares tips for leaders to help their teams by going back to basics. Enjoy this podcast, it is filled with wisdom and great tips for the human leader. You can get hold of Sean by emailing him: or his website: If you enjoyed this podcast, let us know. Send me a voice note or send me an email:
July 26, 2020
Leadership lessons from The Martial Arts Woman.
Episode 15, author and blogger Andrea Harkins shares the wisdom and positivity she has learnt from her journey becoming The Martial Arts Woman. Her mission is to make the world a better place through martial arts and positivity. She is the author of two inspirational books. The Martial Arts Woman includes stories of human triumph and Martial Art Inspirations For Everyone includes positive anecdotes to help everyone overcome daily obstacles and stay positive. Her blog, The Martial Arts Woman, is martial art and positivity based for all audiences. The Martial Arts Woman book: Martial Art Inspirations for Everyone book: The Martial Arts Woman blog:
May 19, 2020
Episode 14: trust and collaboration in the time of change and uncertainty.
Colleen speaks to Celeste Blackman, co-founder of the Green Zone. In a world of DIY, we need to have DIT; Do It Together. Everyone, doing something small, in their own sphere of influence can change the world. Listen to Celeste and Colleen as they discuss how collaboration and trust can create productivity. Your first relationship is with yourself. In this time of Pandemic we have a choice of falling into fear, blame and competitive battles or coming together in radical collaboration to find solutions to our problems. What are the 7 C’s? Find out by listening further! Do you want to find out more? Contact Celeste Blackman: The artists website that Celeste refers to: Did you enjoy this podcast? Please subscribe and send it forward to someone you know who needs to hear the message today. Leave a comment or send Colleen a comment to:
April 19, 2020
Episode 13: it is time for the Human Leader to step up and lead in a new way.
A message of hope for leaders in an uncertain time.
March 28, 2020
Reimagining the future of Human Leadership
Ryan Falkenberg, co-founder and CEO of CLEVVA, an intelligent automation platform, challenges us to make a difference in the world regardless of what others think or say. There are always people who will want to keep the status quo or will believe that any change will lead to disaster, but we are all able to choose to be the light in the world and make a difference. As leaders’ what new competences do you need for the future world of work. We should not be afraid of automation but embrace it as a tool for a new future of work we have as yet not seen. This is a refreshing outlook and one which brings hope for humanity. You can get hold of Ryan Falkenberg at: Reach out to him. Let us start meaningful conversations that shift the lens that we see the world through, into reimagining a future state for human kind. We would love to hear what you think about this episode. Reach out to Colleen at :
March 01, 2020
Creating the Corrupt, Toxic Leader... PART 2 of The Toxic Leader
Why do good leaders become corrupt, compassion immune and tone deaf to their followers? In this episode Colleen looks at the concepts of the Hubris Syndrome and the Power Paradox to explain how this change happens. Colleen also looks at how leaders can avoid falling into this trap. What did you think of this episode? What has been your experience in toxic. Corrupt leaders? Leave a voice note or email Colleen:
February 17, 2020
Episode 10: Corrupt Leaders and why we follow them. Part 1: The Toxic Leader
I use the book of Jean Lipman-Bluman to describe what the toxic leader looks like, why we follow them and how we create them in a time of crises. This podcast ends with some strategies on how to avoid mindlessly following a toxic leader. If you have ever had the bewildering experience of seeing an obviously corrupt leader being protected and defended by loyal supporters and still stays in power regardless of the evidence against them, then this is the podcast for you. The Toxic Leader sells simple solutions and big visions to people who are hungry for hope. It is when good leaders step back and become silent that the world is at the mercy of Toxic Leaders and their selfish ambition. You can find the book online at
January 29, 2020
The Human Element
In this episode Lorin Gold from The Schutz Company introduces us to the Human Element, a step by step methodology “contributing to the development of more self-aware, open organizations and individuals with greater self-esteem” resulting in “limitless heights of productivity and personal fulfillment within our organizations, our relationships, and ourselves.” (In the words of Will Schutz, Ph.D). Lorin provides examples and brings some great thoughts to our attention like, “for the human leader, the journey is the destination” and “loneliness in the workplace is at an all time high”. The Schutz company specializes in solutions that produce cultural transformation in progressive organizations. You can reach Lorin via email: Go visit their website: What did you think about today’s episode? email Colleen Davis:
January 17, 2020
A caring leader is a daring leader.
We look again at the Barry Wehmiller story and how Bob Chapman used caring and actively listening to and seeing the value of each employee to turn it around. We find out what Brené Brown describes as a Daring Leader. After listening by to this podcast, how has this changed the way you see leadership? What will you start to do differently? Share your story with us. Send us an email to: Resources used for this podcast: More recent article on Bob Chapman:
January 09, 2020
Episode 7: A new year, a new decade - be ready to surf the tsunami of change.
In this episode we reflect on the many changes that a decade can bring, how do you embrace the unknown and be ready for the opportunities that come your way.
January 01, 2020
Facing rest and renewal in the hectic December season.
Colleen discovers the importance, as a human leader, to take a break and renew your mind during December, for the coming year.
December 26, 2019
Episode 5: You don’t have to be Perfect! A Quick Nugget of Leadership Wisdom...
When you start something new, like a podcast or becoming a leader, you will make mistakes and that is part of the process of learning. If you wait until you are perfect you will never begin. Embrace the opportunity of learning wisdom and gaining knowledge from those early mistakes. You are enough. This episode is a new, short nugget of wisdom shared for you, the busy leader as you live the many dimensions of your busy lives. May it benefit you as you embrace your human leader identity every day.
December 15, 2019
Episode 4: The Reluctant, Accidental Leader.
Natasha Winkler-Titus speaks to us about the power of influencing and leading, how leaders should be authentic and use their platform to empower others, shares her experience as an accidental leader and how specialists need to be encouraged to be authentic leaders versus managers, the difficulty caused by being placed in a managerial versus leadership role. She offers some inspirational insights for human beings who find themselves in leadership positions. Natasha is an Organizational Psychologist who facilitates sustainable change, she helps organizations and individuals unlock their true identity and become the best version of their authentic self. Awarded IOP practitioner of the year in SA 2019. Natasha recently obtained a PhD in IO Psychology, she serves her profession as President-elect in the society for work Psychologist in South Africa. Acts as mentor, supervising internship and Masters research supervisor to emerging psychologists. Natasha spends the rest of her time with her husband serving her local community, fundraising for a school feeding scheme, running the occasional half marathon ( blue number Two oceans marathoner) and spend as much as possible time outdoors and traveling. You can get hold of Natasha through her LinkedIn profile: ‘Natasha Winkler-Titus’ or email:
December 09, 2019
The strength and benefit of kindness in leadership
In this episode we explore why humans are built for community and how kindness becomes a strength for the human leader. Community tool kit mentioned in this podcast can be found at : https//
December 03, 2019
Episode 2 Dr Kim Hires speaks to us about her journey to become a human leader.
Dr Kim Hires, author, podcast host, speaker, consultant, coach and CEO of the Nightingale firm chats to us about her own story of leadership burnout and how this shaped her present passion of working closely with leaders to remove their heavy armour, helping them to unlock their leadership potential.
November 24, 2019
Why become a human leader?
Human beings are complex. When you are able to understand yourself as a human leader, you can build on your strengths and then effectively lead others. In this podcast, Colleen introduces the concept of the human leader and why it is important. Bob Chapman was able to turn Barry-Wehmiller machine production company from a company that produces only machinery into a company that builds great people, enhancing their skills and providing opportunity to grow those skills by using the production of machinery and consulting to do this. By focusing on the human worth, that every human is unique and has value, they have consistently increased their shareholder value each year for the past 25 years. To recognize the worth in humans and to treat every person with respect and dignity creates an environment that agility and innovation can thrive. This podcast is a broad, general overview of this concept.
November 17, 2019
November 11, 2019
November 11, 2019