Hope is one of the greatest gifts that you can give to your team. It is the spark that will help your team to keep going, even in the toughest times. If you are a leader, then there are people who are looking to you for hope. Whether they are clients with needs, team members with problems or board members with concerns about the organization, they all need re-assuring words and ideas which can help them to hope for better times.
If you are in leadership and all that people hear from you are "doomsday" prophesies and pessimism, then either move out of leadership or just STOP IT! The words that you say and the attitude that you have will have a great impact on your team.
The power of hope:
- Hope inspires team members to go on when they feel like giving up.
- Hope brings a calming sense that things will be alright in the long run.
- Hope gives strength for ordinary people to do superhuman deeds.
- Hope means that our work has not been done in vain.
- Hope is essential to growth.
Never under-estimate the power of hope. There are many millions of people in the world today who are being kept alive by it.
Do people leave your office feeling hope-full or hope-less?
Who are the people in your life who inspire you to have hope?
" A leader is a dealer in hope" - Napoleon Bonaparte
Steve Bagi is the principal of Actuate Consulting and a consulting psychologist and speaker who has over 25 years of experience in leadership and organizational development. He specializes in helping staff teams to understand and develop their strengths, leading to greater individual and team effectiveness. Although based in Australia, Steve works with leaders throughout the world.