We believe giving is about investing. Investing is a long-term process of giving. When leaders are asked to describe a person who impacted them in their early lives, they describe a person that invested in them. They name the person that served them, shaped them or deposited something in them that helped unlock their potential. It was giving that empowered them, influenced them, and catalyzed them into a newfound confidence or dream for the future. Giving is about investing in others.
Giving Back. Giving Forward. Giving Sideways.
There are many ways to give to others. Giving back is one way. You can also give forward. You can give sideways by resourcing a client, colleague or competitor. You can give your time, talent, expertise, knowledge, support, network, and money. The best leaders are givers because they invest in others in multiple ways.
Service Is A Form Of Giving
At Leadership Alive, Inc.® giving is central to who we are as a company. If giving is a form of investing, then service is a form of giving. The world of leadership needs more givers. We call these givers “Servant-Leaders” because they are ambitious for the success of the mission or cause they signed up for and ambitious for the success of others on their team. They are ambidextrous and the kind our world needs. They are leaders who want things for people and not just from people.
Service Is An Investment Contribution
When leaders serve others in the workplace and help others with legitimate needs (not wants) that arise, trust is generated. When we share encouragement, entrust others with information, convey respect, stop and listen, provide development opportunities, offer honest feedback, etc., tangible deposits are made into people. Serving others is a short-term contribution toward the fulfillment of that investment.
There are many ways to give to others. Giving back is one way. You can also give forward. You can give sideways by resourcing a client, colleague or competitor. You can give you time, talent, expertise, support, knowledge, network and money. — Christopher Meade, PhD
Giving Reminds Us Of Who We Are
Giving helps us remember what’s really important in life. The Coveyism, “Starting with the end in mind” is considered strategic thinking and wise. When taking a long-term look at life, it’s important to remember what stays and what goes with us. The metric and scorecard of life most often celebrated at funerals is not possessions, awards, resumes or financial profits, but the effect upon people. The investment. The deposits. The service. What they did for others. Friends and acquaintances often describe those special memories where their two lives intersected: giving and receiving from each other.
One of our core values at Leadership Alive, Inc.® is to Live The Kind Of Life We Recommend To Others. We believe that servant leaders deliver results and care about people.
Adding Value Is The Goal Of Business
Giving and “giving back” is fundamental to who we are as an organization. We believe the goal of business is not just financial profits but adding value to people’s lives in what we provide, how we provide it, why we provide it and how we finish what we start. We look for opportunities to give back (invest) to under-resourced leaders, emerging, high-potential younger leaders and to those organizations that support this cause and focus. Although we can’t help everyone, we won’t let that stop us in helping resource some.