Leadership words that matter: Hope

Hope is one of those words that brings a lot of good feelings. When people become hopeless they get depressed, “lose heart,” “give up.” Some even want to die. However, no case of suicide has ever happened because a person had too much hope.

Without hope you don’t take action on anything, much less tackle change. Hope get us up in the morning. As a leader, hope makes you strategize and act upon your dreams and goals. 

So hope is good. . . right? Well. . . kind of. . .

You see, hope can also derail you. As my mentor Jim Connolly says: 

“I know that hoping the weather will work out the way I want it to, is pointless.  But it makes me feel better.  It’s like hoping my football team will win, even though I have no influence over the result.” 

When I talk to leaders, many express a “hope” that they can make changes in their life or in their business. If I ask, do you think you will be successful? They usually answer with a sigh: “I hope so!”

That is not the kind of hope that will help you change. If you just hope that you will do better, feel better, communicate better, help your team do better, or take control of that “nasty” habit better, but have no specific action plan, you will most likely fail at change.

You deserve better! Don’t just hope you will be a better leader, take action to become one!

Take Action!

Executive Coaching is a great way to grow and become a great leader.  I invite you to consider my Executive Coaching ProgramYou can have a free conversation with me to explore a) In which areas you need to go from "hope" to action;  b) How your leadership could be different;  c) How you can lead through conversations. You’ll leave the session renewed, reenergized and inspired to develop a powerful results driven leadership that inspires people to gets things done so that you can be the business hero and still have a flourishing personal life. Schedule a conversations with me directly on my calendar by clicking on the button below.