"The habit of giving enhances the desire to give. It is like building a muscle. It requires practice and persistence -- once it becomes habitual, you will emerge stronger. "---Walt Whitman During this special time of year we are often at our best, so this is a good time to practice our generosity. We will be making choices every day to be generous or Scrooge-like, to help people or hinder people. Developing a generous nature can be a great benefit to us, others, an organization, and to the recipients. Therefore, a prime obligation of a leader should be to lead with a generous heart. A leader's generosity can have a positive spreading effect -- conversely, its absence can have a series of negative consequences.