Ubuntu Leadership was founded to create more connection in the world.

Connection with ourselves,

Connection with other people

and Connection with the world around us.

Our mission is to Champion the Power of Humanity in Business and to Change the outdated concept of Leadership. We do this by coaching current and future leaders on how to master a Leadership Mindset, through self-discovery, a sense of purpose and aligning to your personal values .

We believe that every single person is filled with untapped and limitless potential. We each have a combination of strengths, values, gifts and passions that are 100% unique to us. These are our 'Super Powers', as they differentiate us from the crowd.

We often get frustrated and disheartened when we are trying to fit in, where we could be standing out, when we are trying to live someone else's dream, when our own dreams are linked to our success, when we are using someone else's tools and techniques, when we should be tapping into the tools we have within us.

Let us help you discover what makes you SPECIAL, what you have to offer to the world and how you can live a life that was uniquely designed for you.

What is Ubuntu?

Ubuntu is a philosophy that is rooted in the history of Africa and is 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'


It is akin to the view that we cannot truly succeed unless we all succeed.

There are 3 main areas the Ubuntu philosophy encourages connection:


 A person with Ubuntu is courageous in challenging the 'traditional' concepts of what it takes to be a Leader and also the courage to take a heart-centred approach to everything they do.


A person with Ubuntu sees what others see and feels what others feel. It is the ability to listen and understand before offering their point of view.


The main message within the Ubuntu philosophy is ' I am only because You are' therefore a person with Ubuntu knows that each member of society has a role to play in every one else's success and/or failure. It also encourages us to realise that we are a part of the world around us and we do not own any part of it. It is our collective duty to connect with ourselves, with those around us and also the natural world around us.

Are you fed-up of chasing dreams only to feel dissatisfied and unfulfilled?

Do you want to be successful but also know that what you do matters?

Do you struggle to reach your goals and want to work out what your blockers are?


“Only through our connectedness to others can we really know and enhance the self. And only through working on the self can we begin to enhance our connectedness to others.” ~ Harriet Goldhor Lerner


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At Ubuntu Leadership we are committed to supporting you to take full ownership and control of you career or business venture and ultimately your life.


Leadership is not a title. Leadership is a mindset that can be embodied by anyone, regardless of where you may be in your  personal development journey. 

We work with you either on an individual basis or in a group setting to help you understand and enhance your 'superpowers'. This enables you to find the best and most effective means of unlocking your potential.


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We use a variety of techniques to understand the personality types, strengths and values for each member of your team. This will help you strengthen your teams by:

  • Adopting a communication strategy that suits your employees’ personality types when resolving conflict. 

  • Cultivating shared values within the group.

  • Promoting self-awareness

  • Give your team the opportunity to discover what they do best

  • Have meaningful conversations with them about how they can use their strengths to succeed.


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Do you need an inspirational and engaging speaker for your next in -person or online event?

With a wealth of both personal and professional experience, our founder Talja Parkinson has delivered a number of inspiring talks and panel events, such as:

Breaking Barriers: Women in Tech: Brainlabs PPC Chat 

Unconscious Bias Workshop: ICAEW

Women In Leadership: AQA

Transitioning into Data: Like Minded Females

Tech x Motherhood : Coding Black Females

The Leader Within :MasterCard YoPro & LEAD Employee Recognition Networks

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

What People Are Saying about Ubuntu Leadership


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“Talja recently spoke at Brainlabs HQ at our event entitled 'Women in Digital: Breaking Barriers'. Talja's talk was lively, engaging and most of all, empowering. Her generosity with her story and her experiences as a woman in our notoriously male-dominated industry was exactly what our event needed. Our panel discussion featured a broad range of questions, and Talja had insightful answers to offer for all of them. Combined with the other fantastic women who spoke at our event, Talja really made the night special and we cannot wait to welcome her back!"


Content Manager


"After five minutes of speaking to Talja over the phone, we knew we had to have her lead a workshop at our Women in Tech event. What she has achieved in the face of adversity, coupled with her experience as a leader makes her an inspiring, insightful, educated and engaging speaker. No doubt this will also stand her in good stead as a coach/mentor. The feedback we received from delegates regarding her Unconscious Bias session was glowing and we cannot wait to develop our working relationship with her"


Senior e-Communications Executive

Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales

"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"


Product Data Analyst



London, UK


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