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In one year alone, three major companies, Wells Fargo, Wal-Mart, and Chevron, gave nearly $900 million in cash to various causes, according to the Association of Corporate Counsel.

Prosperous corporations and organizations go out of their way to give back to their community. Whether providing a service or funding a project, they build relationships by their acts of generosity.

Generosity begins at the organization’s top, and trickles down the ladder of leadership. It is one of the most powerful forces on the planet, and it can help you be a better leader. Here are six ways to create a culture of generosity in your organization.

1. Give affirmation. When team members do a great job, let them and others know.

2. Give credit. Don’t hoard the credit for a win. Share it with everyone who helped.

3. Give gifts. Don’t wait until Christmas to give a small token of appreciation to team members. Use birthdays, Fridays, or any day you can think of to share happiness.

4. Give opportunities. Good staffers are hungry for this. They want challenges. Share your opportunities with them.

5. Give time. In many organizations, time off is the least expensive perk you can give.

When you are generous with your team—and teach them to be generous to others—you’ll leverage that force for the good of your organization. Give, and you will receive!

Generosity is a cultural climate, and leaders control the thermostat.


– Stan Toler