I think that it is timely that I have been reading Psychological Capital and Beyond.
They have a chapter on being a Hopeful Leader or Manager.
The authors suggest that managers who can grow hope in their organizations have the competitive edge. Their competitors will not be able to replicate a hopeful culture without considerable effort and time.
Here are some of their insights:
- Hopeful leaders are not abusive in any way. The trickle-down effect of bullying in the workplace has devastating effects on productivity, morale and on the community at large.
- They have positive goals that excite participation.
- Hopeful leaders have high energy.
- They plan well and set goals that challenge individuals and align employees with the values of the organization.
- Hopeful leaders stimulate employees to set personal goals and high standards within the context of the organization’s mission
- They help team members stretch, then support and coach them to develop beyond their comfort zones.
- Hopeful leaders respect employees as individuals and reward their creative thinking.
Can you be a hopeful leader?