Addison Duling

Jeffry Schneider’s Lessons on Leadership, Altruism and Self-Fulfillment

With nonprofit concepts like “Giving Tuesday” in vogue, Jeffry Schneider realizes that there is a paradigm shift happening in the business world. More and more, people want to be more morally and spiritually engaged in their local, national and global communities. Also, people want to disengage from consumer culture and lead more fulfilling lives. Jeffry Schneider is trying to lead this trend by divesting from the clutter culture and find fulfillment from the little things in life. One way he is approaching this is by sponsoring a volunteer who is using her medical knowledge to help the underprivileged in Latin American countries. Specifically, this volunteer is helping repair cleft lip throughout the Central American region. She also helped with relief work after the 2010 Haitian earthquake.

Elizabeth had been spending her own hard-earned money for these trips, and Jeffry decided that helping an actual individual do good would be more meaningful than simply writing a check to a nonprofit so Jeffry is sponsoring Elizabeth’s past and future trips. Leadership in the sphere of altruism is one of the most fulfilling kinds one can pursue. And by enabling others to do positive and life-changing things, we can become more satisfied with our own reality. Jeffry’s example offers a particularly poignant way of creating a stronger community through altruistic leadership. The idea of a “Giving Tuesday” should not just be undertaken one day a year, or even every week, but every day that we try to become better leaders.

Environmental, Social, and Governance (or ESG) goals are also popular in the business community as of late. But how can we bring these tripartite values into our home lives? According to the Harvard Business Review, 65% of 195 global business leaders value high ethical and moral standards the most out of all leadership qualities. So, by giving selflessly in our personal lives, we are really investing in our own leadership potential. Mr. Schneider’s act of donating to someone who could use those funds for a social good was really an investment in himself. Those ESG principals Jeffry actively lives make him a better leader.

 

Altruistic leadership is one of the most important emerging values in the still-young twenty-first century. By taking advantage of the internet and our local networks, we can create wide nets of social support that enrich both individuals and collectives. Mr. Schneider’s experience was driven by a desire to do something more deeply connected to the Austin community, and so he proactively sought out an individual who he could assist. Through the simple act of giving, Jeffry enabled a woman to help countless people live better, more fulfilling lives.

The ESG and altruistic leadership values that Jeffry and others live out in their personal lives reverberate into our professional and spiritual lives as well. Leadership, altruism and self-fulfillment are deeply intertwined, and they reinforce each other. Mindfulness of our shared responsibility to others also makes us better leaders, and by helping fulfill the needs of others, we help to create a more just and fulfilled world.

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