You and the people you influence cannot thrive apart from hope. Napoleon rightly said, “A leader is a dealer in hope.”
Successful leaders inspire hope.
Leadership is about the future – hope is a way of seeing the future.
The seven powers of hope:
- Energy when facing disappointment.
- Passion to try again when results fall short.
- Drive to press through obstacles.
- Resolve when resistance emerges.
- Boldness during uncertainty.
- Endurance when tempted to quit.
- Stability when circumstances feel unstable.
You might, for example, wish to infuse your team with resolve. Filling them with hope will fill them with resolve, and much more.
Hope is a way of thinking, not a vague sense of well-being.
You can have hope, even when feeling disappointed. After all, the power of hope is best seen when disappointment presses in.
7 ways to be a dealer in hope:
- Give people something to believe in. Connect effort and sacrifice to the big picture. Soldiers fight for big things like God, country, family, and fellow soldiers. Belief precedes hope.
- Be human with aspiration. Share challenges and weaknesses you’ve faced and worked through.
- Show people how they’re making meaningful contribution. Be specific.
- Narrow focus. Too many goals overwhelm and discourage. Passion makes some leaders take on too many challenges.
- Believe in your teammate’s potential and capacity. Keep people working where they best succeed. How are you setting others up for success?
- Share information. Hope is a way of thinking that requires information about challenges, opportunities, progress, and results. Research shows that leaders drastically under communicate.
- Create and celebrate small wins. Every challenge is made smaller by a series of small wins.
Hope precedes vitality.
Don’t think for a moment that you can succeed apart from dealing in hope.
What might you do tomorrow to infuse others with hope?