What we need from leaders, now, is their ability to instill hope and to maintain and strengthen a culture of trust. This can be a very challenging, precarious dance. Many of us wrestle with this every day as we make hard decisions, deliver bad news, or choose between two equally worthy programs or ideas. Women everywhere are faced with this same dilemma at home. This dance requires new vision and new courage for instilling hope. Transformational shifts in direction come from those who are willing to act outside of the status quo.
Here are some of the principles and habits to practice in order to lead with hope:
1. Create tomorrow, don’t maintain yesterday. Anything that doesn’t support your vision for your organization, home and community needs to be abandoned. Be innovative!
2. See your challenges as opportunities. Welcome unexpected difficulties because they represent opportunities to make something better. View problems in the context of the larger vision. Imagine the possibilities.
3. Abandon scarcity thinking for abundance thinking. Practice gratitude daily and stop watching the sensationalized news.
4. Be willing to risk. When you move out of your comfort zone, you move into a place of new possibility.
5. Take action. Thinking about it isn’t enough. Be bold!