A leader is a dealer in hope

Napoleon crossing the Alps

The Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte was born into a relatively modest family on a provincial island, far from the centres of power. Somehow he managed to become one of the greatest political and military leaders of all time.

His philosophy of leadership that enabled him to do this was simple:

“A leader is a dealer in hope.”

No matter what situation you face, your first job as a leader is to inspire people to hope for something better: to create a vision that spurs them to want to do what needs to be done.

We can see this in the outcome of the Brexit referendum: “Take back control.”

We can see it in the elections of both the 44th and the 45th presidents of the United States: “We are the ones we have been waiting for” and “Make America great again.”

What steps do you take each day to create hope — for yourself and for others? Would you like to learn the seven steps to do this better?


Adapted from Inner Leadership: a framework and tools for building inspiration in times of change.

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