Are You Selfless?
Let your actions be of immense value
to your leader and to the company
By Shu Yeung
The best HR leaders are those who exhibit
selflessness in their day-to-day work. Being
selfless means influencing decisions and actions
that are best for your business leader and the
company, while setting aside your own personal
interests or ego, or at least not having a personal
agenda as your primary decision-making factor. If you
take on a selfless management style, you and your
actions will be of immense value to your leader and
to the company.
Selflessness can show up in many ways. One way
that it can show up is not needing open recognition
for the ideas you put forward to your leaders. As HR
leaders, our role is to support and coach our leaders.
In this role, our leaders and managers will take our
advice. If you are working with a leader who truly
values your advice, this will happen all the time.
There are times when we may need to develop an
agenda or talking points for our leader’s all-hands
meeting. There are other times when we may need
to draft communications around performance,
leadership, and organizational changes on behalf of
our leader. Being selfless is not being upset when
your leader does not give you credit in front of others.
No one except for you and your leader needs to know
that you wrote part of the communications for the
all-hands meeting or for any other communications
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