We leaders are dealers in hope.
Not hype, which is completely different. But hope.
One of our key tasks is to move people toward a promise that’s real. Toward a better day. Toward a future that is better.
But how do you lead when hope is fading?
More precisely, how do you keep hoping when all hope is fading?
It’s easy to lead when everything is up and to the right. But it’s much harder when you can’t see much opportunity amidst the obstacles.
When you’re losing hope as a leader, what do you do?
Great Leaders Deal Hope
Most great leaders are considered great because they did something almost no one else believed was possible.
Winston Churchill almost single handedly kept hope alive for the Western world in the early days of World War Two when Hitler’s steamroller over Europe seemed unstoppable. He instilled hope with his words when almost everyone else had lost hope. (Communicators should listen to this two minute excerpt of one of his finest speeches.)
Look through history and you’ll see this trend again and again:
Lincoln brought unity to a nation fractured at the seams.
Martin Luther King dreamed of a day few people thought would ever come.
Moses led a nation across the wilderness when everyone had about given up on his people and the promise, including, strangely, at one point, God (so Moses reminded him).
And, sometimes, hoping when there’s no hope is your job…and mine.
The leader’s task? To keep hope alive when there are 1000 logical reasons why hope should be dead.
How To Keep Hope Alive When All Hope Is Fading
So how do you keep hope alive when all hope is fading? Here are 5 ways.