About Us

What We Deliver

We create learning experiences to help leaders build stronger and more effective relationships within and across their teams.We believe strong relationships are the key to delivering exceptional business results.

How We Deliver

We help people develop leadership capability so that they can show up as their best selves and thrive in an ever complex world.

Our Values

  • Speak truth – be honest and compassionate
  • Stay grounded – park the ego
  • Let go of control – go with, not against obstacles
  • Reflect and learn – see every experience as a step forward
  • Harness collective intelligence – no single person knows it all

Our Philosophy - The Era of Humanistic Leadership

All humans lead in some capacity – whether it be leading yourself, your family, an organisation, a network, or a community. Leadership is a privilege where an individual or group of people are bestowed upon a responsibility to guide others to a shared destination. Leadership is not a one size fits all list of characteristics, skills, or competencies. It is also not about asking people to be something they’re not. Leadership is about knowing yourself and connecting to your own unique strengths so that you can build healthy relationships.

The nature of our work has greatly shifted towards knowledge work, yet our leadership mindsets and practices have been slow to change from our days of industrialisation. In today’s world of constant change, the role of leadership must evolve.  Simply put, people are looking for more human leadership. After all, we are humans first, leaders second.

The Leadership Paradigm Shift

To be a successful leader today requires a fundamental paradigm shift in the way we think about and manifest leadership.

Our mindsets and behaviours must evolve from the old to the new paradigm in order to thrive. Read our blog to learn more about this paradigm shift.


Allison Tsao

Curious, Passionate, Courageous

Allison’s career has spanned previous lives at Merrill Lynch, Deloitte Consulting, Accenture, and American Express. Her global curiosity led her to move to Sydney, Australia in 2014, joining Veldhoen + Company as a Senior Workplace Consultant helping organisations transform the way they work through Activity Based Working (ABW). Allison has worked alongside some of the greatest companies in the world (20+ organisations and counting) across various industries, geographies, and sizes, addressing some of their most pressing business challenges.

Throughout her 14 years of consulting around people, process, and culture, Allison has continued to experience the world changing at a rapid rate. This rate of change is impacting all organisations, resulting in a need to shift the way we currently manage and lead our teams so that organisations can create value through more innovation and creativity. Allison believes that the way we can support this shift in leadership is by creating a more human way of leading – one that invites authenticity and emphasises trusting relationships. Her experience and intuition has led her to create Humans Who Lead, a global Leadership Development platform and community dedicated to shifting the leadership paradigm and helping people be at their best.

Allison’s natural strengths have always been her curiosity, her balanced intuition and logic, her ability to thrive in strategy and execution, and her clear, empathetic, and human way of communicating with and relating to others. She is an experienced program manager, leadership coach, facilitator, and OD practitioner, bringing creativity and a dose of unconventionality to every engagement she designs and delivers. Allison holds a Bachelor of Science in Management, Marketing, and International Business from New York University’s Stern School of Business and a Masters of Science in Organisation Development from Pepperdine University. She is also a board member of the Asia OD Network. Allison is a committed life long learner and draws inspiration from meditation, her loving partner, family, and friends, hiking in nature, yoga, adventure travel, cooking, and reading.

Interested to know more? Download Allison’s full bio here.


“I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles, but today it means getting along with people.”

The rate of change is impacting humanity greatly, and we as humans are struggling to cope.  As the world continues to change, we are increasingly looking for leadership that inspires us to be at our best and helps us thrive rather than merely survive.

Does our purpose resonate with you? Contact us to get involved and explore career options or how to partner with us.

The future of leadership relies on our ability to be more human. Join the movement and help us create a new leadership paradigm.

    HwL is a Leadership Development platform and community dedicated to expanding the idea of leadership and helping people grow into the type of leaders they authentically aspire to be, based on the philosophy of Humanistic Leadership.


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    +61 431 847 327


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