Generosity In Business
Managing resources to freely give
To practice Generosity I will:
- share what I have with others
- reuse and recycle
- give of my time and talents
- praise the qualities I see in others
- not expect anything in return
“The Generous Leader”
If we asked people to list the qualities of leadership, I doubt we would find many who put Generosity on the list but according to John C. Maxwell, internationally recognized leadership expert, it is number 9 on his list of 21 indispensable qualities of a leader. Maxwell believes that good leaders are made from the inside out. Good character is necessary for the skills of leadership to take root and be effective in the long run.
To be Generous as a leader, we must first be Grateful. (Good thing we studied that last month!) Generosity arises from contentment, from being Grateful for what we have. Grateful people have a more realistic mental inventory of what we own – possessions as well as talents and skills – which can lead to an abundance mentality. When we feel abundance, it is more natural to want to give and share. In business, this may look like less power struggles and egoless decision-making.
Generous leaders have a focus on others. Thinking outside of ourselves allows us to be more aware of the needs of those around us. Giving what people need is an important aspect of Generosity. It is not just unloading what we don’t want but giving what other people do need. In the workplace, this may be as simple as listening while someone vents or being creative in arranging project work that better uses their skills or interests.
For Generosity to be effective in our career, it must also be a part of our larger personality. Giving should be a habit that invades all areas of our life. When it becomes an integral part of us, then it influences how we think and operate. This doesn’t mean that we are so focused on Generosity that we give away the store or are a doormat in negotiations. It means we can focus on what needs to be given and arrive at solutions that are mutually beneficial. Generous leaders can more easily think win-win.
Being a mentor is a great way to demonstrate Generosity in business. Being willing to share our talents and to help develop the talents that others have is an effective way to give. Jealousy can lead to hoarding our talents and not wanting others to succeed where we aren’t able to. Generosity can prevent the jealousy and allow us to freely share, teach and grow relationships that strengthen the culture of the workplace.
This month, use your Generosity to create giving habits.