Nothing speaks to others more loudly than generosity from a leader. True generosity isn’t an occasional event. It comes from the heart and permeates every aspect of a leader’s life, touching their time, money, talents, and possessions. Effective leaders, the kind people want to follow, don’t gather things just for themselves; they do it in order to give others.
To cultivate the quality of generosity in your life, do the following:
1. Be grateful for whatever you have.
2. Put people first.
3. Don’t allow the desire for possessions to control you.
4. See money as a resource.
5. Develop the habit of giving.
The only way to maintain an attitude of generosity is to make it your habit to give — your time, attention, money and resources. As Richard Foster says, “Just the very act of letting go of money, or some other treasure, does something within us. It destroys the demon ‘greed’.”
(source: Leadership Promises for Everyday)