Is nobility of spirit a requirement for great leadership? Yes it is, and here’s why:
Generous Leaders Are More Successful.
Generous Leaders Build Committed Teams
A generous leader creates a spirit of gratitude. Grateful people commit to the tribe with far greater frequency and fervency than those who are not grateful. And it all flows down from a leader with a generous heart.
Generous Leaders Create Generous Leaders
Mentoring young leaders shows them generosity is a trait all great leaders share;
Generous Leaders Make People Happy
Everyone loves getting something over and above what’s owed to them. Louisiana natives and Mark Twain call this lagniappe [LAN-yap], and describe it as “a little something extra for nothing.” Think of the happiness of biting into the 13th doughnut in a bakers’ dozen, or listening to the bonus track on your audio CD.
A generous leader provides food for her people’s soul. (tweet that)
How To Lead Generously
Three things leaders should give generously:
1. Trust. Trust when it’s hard, when it’s risky, and especially after your trust has been betrayed.
2. Training. Offer training regularly, and train the whole person.
3. Time: Give your time generously and in all circumstances.
A generous spirit will improve your bottom line and transform your team from a group of individuals to a grateful, happy, productive, prosperous, and yes, a generous tribe.
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*image credit: George Hodan