Unselfish Leadership

Think of Yourself Less

A good leader thinks less about themselves and more about the people they lead. But being an unselfish leader does not mean you should put yourself down or adopt a false humility. In his book, Love Works, Joel Manby tells his personal story of disappointment and frustration with business that only focused on the bottom line He teachers how a 1 Corinthians 13 model for love will transform a business just like it does our personal relationships. Listen as Joel shares how at his former company, Herschend Family Entertainment (HFE), he worked to practice and teach unselfishness.  

To be unselfish means to think of yourself less. It also means taking advantage of every opportunity to exercise unselfishness as you lead your employees. 

HFE’s Share it Forward program matches the giving of every employee and uses that money to meet the needs of employees in crisis. What is the value of this kind of program? How does this model promote a culture of generosity and unselfishness?
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Reflect on how you approach the following:
• Time – How do you invest your time in others and their growth?
• Treasure – How are you investing your income in others?
• Talent – Where do you invest your talent, aside from work?
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Out of time, treasure and talent, which is the hardest for you to demonstrate unselfishness? What steps can you take to improve in this area?
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What are some ways your organization can begin to encourage your team to be unselfish? Do you need to add a charitable program or improve on programs that are already in place? What ideas do you have after hearing Joel’s example?
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If you want to set an unselfish tone in the culture of your organization, it must begin with you. Choose to walk in unselfishness daily and teach your employees to do likewise. 

You can find more insights and teaching from Joel Manby in the course Love Works