Welcome to the Hope Business
If I could give a one-page orientation manual to every person who takes a management or leadership position, at the top of the page it would say:
You may have taken this job for the money (it’s not going to be enough),
for the power (you don’t actually have power – it’s an illusion),
or for the prestige (no job will make you feel good about yourself).
Maybe you took this job because you care about the people you serve and results your can achieve together. If so, you’re off to a great start.
Welcome to the hope business.
When your team has hope, you have a chance. Hope means they believe in you. They trust you and one another. You are credible and you have a strategy they believe can succeed.
Everything you do from now on will build or erode hope.
I know you can do this.
Welcome to the hope business.
Welcome to leadership!
If you’re like most leaders, no one has ever told you’re in the hope business. That this is the most important thing you can give your team. That without it, you are finished before you ever get going.
Hope is your most important leadership responsibility.
Leadership is the belief that if we work together we can have a better tomorrow.
That’s hope. But if you’re like most leaders, no one’s ever told you that you’re in the hope business.
But every day you ask your team to try, to think, to solve problems. Why? Why should they try?
The only answer is hope.
Hope isn’t a strategy – but it’s a damn good fuel. [Tweet This]
Because when we work together we can make things better – better for our customer, better for one another, better for our families.
When It’s Tough
You might be wondering how to lead with hope when circumstances are challenging. Perhaps a market shift means you have to close some elements of the business that aren’t relevant and regroup to face a changing environment. What does hope look like in that scenario?
Hope is the message that together you’ll get through it. Hope is the gracefulness with which you make the changes. Hope is the way you call your team to their personal best. The belief and practice that no matter what happens, each of you will be better for the way you choose to lead through it.
One of the reasons we wrote Glowstone Peak was to inspire children (and the adults who love them) with the power of hope. As Selvia realized, “Nothing gets better if I stay here. So she started walking.” That’s hope – and the courage to try.
We hope you’ll share the story with the children in your life.
Now, we’d love to hear from you: What role does hope play in your leadership? How do you lead with hope – especially when times are challenging?
Great read David. Without question, were there is hope – there is reason to carry on.
Thanks Brian – here’s to hope!
Thanks for Keeping Hope Alive! Having worked for some of the biggest companies it is clear that the time to inject hope is now! Having lived in the, “hope is not a strategy” realm for too long, I am firmly on board with Hope is what we all need a little more of! The time to lead with hope is NOW!
Yes it is – and yes we do!