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Humanity at Work

Leading for Better Relationships and Results

by (author) Pierre Battah

Initial publish date
Sep 2020
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    Publish Date
    Sep 2020
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Nautilus Book Award Gold Winner

A field guide for leaders who want to engage and energize their workforce with a leadership strategy that puts the well-being of people first.

Every leader has a duty to ensure their teams meet and exceed expectations and achieve strategic goals. But leaders who only focus on the bottom line risk alienating or burning out the people integral to the success of the organization.

Engaged employees are more productive, have fewer sick days, and tend to stay in their jobs longer. They go the extra mile because they want to contribute to an organization that cares about them as human beings. Put simply, a leadership approach focused on both relationships and results is good for business.

But what steps can leaders take to cultivate a workplace culture that is positive, engaged, and also productive? This is what CBC workplace columnist Pierre Battah tackles in Humanity at Work.

In this conversational, humorous, and relatable book, Battah acts as a virtual mentor, drawing on his decades-long experience as advisor to large and small organizations. Through colorful and entertaining case studies ranging from fish-packing plants to financial institutions, Battah illustrates what it means to lead with humanity.

In this book, readers will learn:

  • why human connection is a crucial component of the employment relationship;
  • how to delegate responsibility, set expectations, and give and receive feedback more effectively; and
  • how cultivating self-awareness can create safe space in which to engage staff.

Each chapter includes reflection points and helpful tools to help readers track their progress as they move toward creating a workplace with humanity at its heart.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Plan International Canada, who strive for a just world that advances children's rights and equality for girls.

About the author


  • Winner, Nautilus Book Award

Contributor Notes

Pierre Battah is an award-winning leadership and workplace specialist. He speaks and trains across Canada and the United States. He is a long-time workplace columnist, nationally syndicated broadcaster for CBC, a TEDx presenter, a former senior manager in HR, and a former assistant professor in management. Pierre lives in Moncton, New Brunswick.