Leading with generosity

Leading and management

Last week I was talking about the affect our attitude has the affect on communications, and as a result, outcomes.  As usual, Gavin opened my mind to explore another notion – generosity.

Being open also implies generosity. When you are generous, you don’t know where that will take you. When you are closed to that possibility, you won’t be going anywhere. Here’s to the generous travellers of life ;)

What really got my attention is again, down the path of management versus leadership, is what generosity means in a work environment.

If you want to lead, rather than manage

I think the clearest example between leadership and management I’ve seen, is that great leaders are generally, leaders tend to be very generous with their approach (read: attitude) to working with others.  They’re not managing people out of their mind, stopping only to point blame, and discard those who don’t appear to cut it.

The essence of collaboration is patience, understanding and constructive assessment.  It is about observing and nurturing.  Here’s three examples, but I’d love to hear from you guys.

  • Leaders don’t just check the management boxes of account services and client comms, they spend extra time with the process which can really deliver a better result
  • Leaders aren’t focused on fixing people mistakes, but rather create an environment of learning to support everyone around them
  • Leaders are exceptional communicators because their patience (which in a sense is a forum of generosity) and thoughtfulness to the way we communicate with one another is always at a focus

Giving people the time, the chance and the opportunity to do their very best, and helping them achieve more than previously perceived possible.  Furthermore, rather than being outcomes driven at the expense of those around us – and after all, we are people – the qualities of the generous leader are  a certain attitude of learning, discovery and understanding.

Jye Smith is currently the Digital Strategist for Weber Shandwick Australia. Ranked in B&Ts 30 Under 30, he's a regular keynote speaker and workshop facilitator who specialises in digital strategy, social media marketing, and change management.

There are 4 comments for this article
  1. Daniel Oyston at 7:16 am

    Good post Jye. If we extend the line of thinking through to thought leaders, either at an individual level or as a strategy at the business level, then one of the characteristics of thought leaders is that they are willing to publish their thoughts. Not are they willing to publish their thoughts but they can actually apply them to current issues/problems/trends in the industry. Really these are forms of generosity.

  2. Jye Author at 5:17 pm

    That’s some great insight, mate. Plenty more to think about now..