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Limber up your ‘hope muscles’

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Nobody can live — much less lead — from a position of despair. Keep your optimism in shape using these five exercises:
  1. List your strengths and weaknesses. First, capitalize on your strengths; you can mitigate weaknesses later.

    Good leaders recognize their weaknesses, and instead of trying to obliterate them, they find partners and teams to compensate.

  2. Operate within a team. Keep a list of people to turn to, recognizing how each one contributes to your success.

    Your strength as a leader includes the strengths of those close to you.

  3. Remain as curious as you were in childhood. Even though leaders have to see the big picture, they also study their surroundings in detail, then step back and survey the entire landscape before choosing a path.

  4. Determine your cause. Leaders identify what they’re doing and why. Can you state succinctly why your organization exists? Can you measure results? Even modest success instills hope.

  5. Think each goal all the way through. While you do need to stay focused on the main objective, consider its effects on everyone.
—Adapted from Hope: How Triumphant Leaders Create the Future, Andrew Razeghi, Jossey- Bass/Wiley.

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