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What is Ubuntu?

Ubuntu is a philosophy that is rooted in the history of Africa and is also found in many indigenous cultures of Southern Africa. The word Ubuntu ( pronounced OO-Boon-Too) is loosely translated to mean “humanity” and the intrinsic message in this philosophy is 'I am only because You are'


In a Leadership context, Ubuntu's key principles are:


 A Leader with Ubuntu is courageous in both challenging the constructs of 'traditional' Leadership hierarchy and also in their honest and vulnerable approach to leadership


A leader with Ubuntu, sees what others see and feels what others feel


The main message within the Ubuntu philosophy is ' I am only because You are' therefore a leader with Ubuntu knows that each member of society has a role to play in every one else's success and/or failure

Are you ready to become an Ubuntu Leader, overcome organisational issues, and empower your team? With coaching, consulting and keynotes, I am here to help you achieve more than ever before.


Talja Parkinson

Talja Parkinson,

Founder of Ubuntu Leadership

I am a certified Transformation Career Coach, Happiness Facilitator and Yoga Instructor. I was born in and spent the first half of my life in Zambia, Africa. It was there that the Ubuntu philosophy became embedded in all aspects of my life.

I have also spent the past 20 years of my corporate career, building successful high performance teams within the Technology sector. One of the key takeaways from my corporate career has been the importance of effective leadership. I believe that Leadership can make or break a business. If the people being lead, do not feel seen, heard and appreciated, an organisation will struggle with a lack of innovation, productivity and morale.



"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader."
-John Quincy Adams


We work with you as an individual on understanding and enhancing your 'superpowers'. This enables you to find the best and most effective means of unlocking your potential and the potential of your team. The 'traditional' concept of hierarchy in Leadership is outdated and no longer effective.


The Ubuntu Leadership framework emphasises Courage - utilising a growth mindset make change happen

Compassion - to create better relationships with your team and colleagues

Connection - We cannot lead alone. Organisations are made up of individual people. As Leaders we need to be able connect in order to inspire.


We work with organisations to review and improve their Diversity & Inclusion policies and frameworks. Utilising our extensive experience in data analytics and business intelligence, we help organisations measure and monitor their D&I through every phase. Recruitment, Retention and Engagement. We help D&I Leaders and People Managers to successfully foster an inclusive culture and a sense of belonging for their employees.


Do you need an inspirational and engaging speaker for your next D&I event?

With a wealth of both personal and professional experience, we have delivered a number of talks on topics, such as:

Breaking Barriers: A Black Woman in Tech

Unconscious Bias

Women in Technology

Tech x Motherhood

How to be an Inclusive Leader

Following the Ubuntu philosophy, our aim is to unite and not divide. We are therefore committed to creating safe and engaging environments in which to explore and learn.


The number of Women working in leadership roles is still woefully low, especially within certain sectors, such as Technology.


At Ubuntu Leadership we are committed to supporting more Women into Leadership.


We offer the following services specifically for Women:

Individual coaching specifically, for Women of Colour, working in or looking to enter the Tech Sector. Having spent 20+ years working in the Tech sector, we have a wealth of experience in the potential pitfalls, glass ceilings and lack of support that many women of colour face, within this sector. We will work with you to ensure that you are in control of your career and that you have the necessary support and tools you need, to navigate your chosen career path in Tech.

The Happy Hour Community, is a global, non-profit community coaching platform. The community runs Personal Development Workshops and Masterclasses and is open to women from all walks of life, in any part of the world.



What People Are Saying

"I've attended both private and group sessions hosted by Talja and they have all been positive. The sessions were fun, engaging and really well delivered. They were informative and had great content which bid you to try out new things. The sessions have helped by broadening my vision and perspective which will always be relevant and will stick in my head for a very long time.

Thank you Talja"


London, UK


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