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.

Founder, OD Consultant, Coach, and Facilitator

Allison Tsao

Allison Tsao

Curious, Passionate, Courageous

Allison has 15+ years of consulting experience in OD, change, and leadership. She has worked in 4 continents for over 35 global and local organisations on their most pressing strategy and people challenges. Her hope is that through a better understanding of human behaviour, we can each show up as our best selves and contribute to more joy, connect, and meaning in the workplace.​

Connect with Allison here.

“Yesterday I was clever so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” – Rumi
Executive Coach and Facilitator

Ian Paterson

Ian Paterson

Curious, Insightful, Empathic

Ian’s 25 years of OD, consulting and coaching experience has been gained working across the public, private and consulting sectors. His purpose is to awaken his clients to their untapped capacity for leadership growth and development

Connect with Ian here.

“What shape waits in the seed of you to grow and spread its branches against a future sky?” – David Whyte
Executive Coach and Facilitator

Sabine Simmonds

Sabine Simmonds

Grounded, Compassionate, Courageous

Grounded and calm, Sabine creates a safe, compassionate space to have difficult and vulnerable conversations that lead to profound inner transformation, enabling her clients to view challenges from entirely new perspectives. She helps people and teams become unstuck; empowering them to learn critical, adaptive skills and transform their business and bottom line results.

Sabine is a trusted advisor who brings wisdom, understanding and authenticity to her client interactions. She encourages her clients to bring their ‘whole person’ to the business challenges they face, find meaning in their experiences and supports them to make bold, courageous changes.

Connect with Sabine here.

“When we love, we always strive to become better than we are.  When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too” – Paulo Coelho

“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.


    Sydney, Australia


    +61 431 847 327