Leadership grows when you become a better giver.

Teacher with Her Young Painting Students

Leaders are givers. By giving, you trigger a universal law as powerful as gravity life gives to the giver, and takes from the taker.

As a leader, the only way to get what you want is by helping enough people get what they want first. The late Zig Ziglar said, “You can have everything in life that you want if you just give enough other people what they want.”

 Great leaders have a strong interest in fostering giving behavior in their organizations, communities and families. A willingness to help others achieve their goals lies at the heart of effective collaboration, innovation, and service excellence. Giving is an act of generosity and gratitude that leaves a lasting memory with the people we lead.

Giver leaders are successful because they naturally see people as bloomers and consistently seek to unleash their full human potential. They contribute and help others without seeking anything in return. They might offer assistance, share knowledge, or make valuable suggestions. Giving is a life mission of a servant leader. They are seeking to serve first before getting anyone to do something for them.

Their philosophy can be summed up by a great leader Winston Churchill who once said, “We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.”

Employees look around their organizations for models of success, they look up to the leaders who lead by example by giving to the company culture, to customers and adding value to each and every person.

Giving is all about seeing the opportunities around us. However, we have to be the first person to give-giving a compliment, giving praise or just going out of your way to help someone on your team. By doing so, you are giving them attention, mentoring and support that they need from a great leader.

How can we promote generosity, Innovation and engaging relationships?

Share your knowledge and help others jump in. “Giver” leaders don’t indulge in staying behind the scenes-their motto is to help others succeed. So what can they do? Great leaders  give their time, efforts and knowledge to help their colleagues and subordinates end up opening the door for more promotions and raises.

These leaders put their group’s interests ahead of themselves, they build much deeper connections, and often become highly valued within their own company. By being a giver, you are intentional on what’s important to others-What are their challenges and frustrations? How can I step in and offer assistance and support?

See and communicate the best in people. Our behaviors can be traceable to our motives, and employees can sense when leaders have their best interests at heart. Givers see the best in people and communicate in ways that build trust and show respect for other people’s ideas.

Such caring and generous treatment often brings on the emotion of empathy and understanding. The result is that giving becomes contagious; people want to be more like them–following this lead, spreading this behavior across the organization, modeling positive leadership.

You may ask yourself, what are the benefits of giving? Here are some of the things you can gain by making giving a greater part of your leadership:


  • Healthy relationships.
  • A sense of gratitude
  • A Meaningful Job.
  • A sense of empowerment, pride, and accomplishment.
  • Making a positive difference in the world.

Rumi, a thirteenth-century Persian mystic, told of a man who walked past a beggar and asked, “Why, God, do you not do something for these people?” God replied, “I did do something. I made you.”

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