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Tao Te Ching: A Leader’s Self-Interest

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Timothy’s Thought for Thursday


True Self-Interest teaches Selflessness.

Heaven and earth endure because they are not simply selfish but exist on behalf of all creation. The wise leader, knowing this, keeps egocentricity in check and by doing so becomes even more effective.

Enlightened Leadership is service, not selfishness. The leader grows more and last longer by placing the well-being of all above the well-being of self alone.

Paradox: by being selfless, the leader enhances self.

Source: The Tao of Leadership – Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching Adapted for a New Age by John Heider


“There is no greater misfortune than not knowing what is enough. There is no greater flaw than wanting more and more. Whoever knows contentment is blissful at all times.” ~ Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

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