A People-centric Approach - in conversation with Corwin Harper

Talking Trends
3 min readNov 10, 2021
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I am one human being, living in one human race, trying to create a more humane world.” — Corwin Harper

A champion, strategist and steward for humanity, Corwin Harper is an innovative healthcare leader. His approach to his professional leadership and life, has always been people-centric, which is what he is sharing with us today.

People are at the epicenter of your leadership, your strategy and your growth plan. You are a connector of people and steward for humanity. Tell us more about this unique way of thinking — driven by empathy and engagement.

“Nowadays, there seems to be a universal agreement that business success is centered around people. However, many leaders tend to use a data-centric approach rather than a people-centric approach. This was the traditional way of doing things, but years of experience and learning later, the world has come to understand that people are truly at the epicenter of everything.

“My style of leadership has always been human-centric. Sure, business problems can be solved when we have enough available data and logical thinking, however, a number-centric or information-centric approach doesn’t always work. People — the ones creating those numbers, are the ones who can drive real change, generate profits, and create an organization that is positively contributing to society.

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“People make the place, and people make the company. People are the most valuable asset any business can have. The way I approach this is to look at things from a lens of people-centricity, especially when looking at the key components of an organization. To truly ensure that people are the priority, it is necessary for me as a leader to filter the workplace environment, technology, and industry through this lens.

“As a leader, I recognize that while financial aspects of business are crucial, that is ultimately not what people care about, it is not the only thing that motivates them. I lead with empathy and often ask one question — how do I create a sense of purpose? By tapping into the core of what drives people, I can put meaning and intention into my work, and my team’s work as well. I position purpose as a priority. This causes people-centricity to become a natural and dominant characteristic of my leadership style and work ethic.”

Thanks for sharing your approach, Corwin.

About Corwin: An empathetic and authentic leader who champions improving humanity through healthcare, Corwin Harper has contributed over 35 years of experience in various areas, from healthcare systems to fiduciary and governance to economic development. Corwin’s strengths include analyzing and assessing situations to create multi-year strategy plans, and he has the vision to identify new business opportunities where others fail to see the potential. Through his innovation as a transformational healthcare leader, he aims at creating a more human world with a strong focus on social and educational equity to improve humanity for all.



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