Graciousness Is About More Than Southern Charm

Written by Jay McDonald on .

Southern hospitality is not a myth, and more than a few people have come to appreciate the gracious nature of southern businesses, communities and every day people. Yet graciousness is about more than southern charm because it’s a practical, smart­–and yes–strategic business objective. Not to mention, it’s just a really good human characteristic. Here are a few more reasons why being gracious should be an instrumental part of your leadership arsenal. Giving Is A Multifaceted Activity The one thing about giving that most of us tend to forget is that it’s typically a reciprocal activity. That means it’s a natural instinct that when someone gives us something, we want to give them something in return. But giving is far from a simple concept. In fact, it’s multifaceted, and in business you can give all kinds of things. Executives and professionals willingly give information, advice, or even an introduction to someone. Yet, too often we forget to reciprocate when someone gives something to us. Giving As A Strategy Giving is a critical part of running a business and an important part of ensuring that relationships stay connected. Both internally and externally, whether it’s between colleagues, superiors and subordinates, or even between contractors, effective giving is not manipulative. It’s a real gesture of thanks. And when people feel appreciated, they perform better. As a strategy, giving and receiving makes sense. It’s an easy way to show employees and customers how much you value their contributions, and is a smart way to build trust. Remember that giving is multifaceted and could be as simple as giving time to someone who needs it. Graciousness Is A Human Trait Again, it’s human nature that when people receive a gift, they want to give back. And when someone shares something kind, it’s only natural to want to reciprocate by being kind as well. Having gratitude and being gracious is underrated, yet perhaps one of the most important parts of being human. When we maximize graciousness, it not only makes us feel special, it furthers our business goals–and that’s good for everyone.  

Jay McDonald

With a unique breadth of knowledge earned through decades of hands- on experience, Jay is recognized as a strategic visionary whose high energy, quick wit and straight talk combined with a passion for mentoring others allows him to help executives achieve greater results and enjoy more rewarding personal lives. Connect with Jay McDonald on Google+

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