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How generous of a person would you say you are?

SmartPulse -- our weekly nonscientific reader poll in SmartBrief on Leadership -- tracks feedback from more than 200,000 business leaders. We run the poll question each week in our newsletter.

How generous of a person would you say you are?

  • Extremely: I give freely and often sometimes until it hurts 13%
  • Very: I regularly give what I can to others 41%
  • Kind of: I'll give to people and causes I'm passionate about 35%
  • Not very: I'll occasionally do generous things but not often 9%
  • Not at all: I rarely give to others unless I'm encouraged to 3%

Others before self? Generosity has many benefits beyond the actual act itself. Giving can foster connections, understanding, empathy and community. The item or action given doesn’t have to be large to be meaningful. During especially challenging times, generosity can turn someone’s entire day, week or month around. Don’t give until it hurts. Hurt shouldn’t be part of the equation. But do consider giving for the sake of giving. Occasionally, others will hear of your generosity and hopefully be inspired to be generous, as well. We’re all weathering the same storm -- consider how you might make someone else’s experience a bit more pleasant or bearable.

 

Mike Figliuolo is managing director of thoughtLEADERS, which includes TITAN -- the firm’s e-learning platform. Previously, he worked at McKinsey & Co., Capital One and Scotts Miracle-Gro. He is a West Point graduate and author of three leadership books: "One Piece of Paper," "Lead Inside the Box" and "The Elegant Pitch."