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Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality. (Warren G. Bennis)

Napoleon Bonaparte once said, “A leader is a dealer in hope.” When I think of inspirational leaders, I can honestly say Napoleon was right. We admire people who plant the seeds of hope. We gladly follow the leader who is able to awaken a sense of expectation inside of us. And, whether we lead at home or at work, hope is an essential element of success.

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The term ‘dealer’ doesn’t carry the most noble connotations today, but let’s face it, we are all dealers. As human beings, engaged in constant relationship with the world around us, we are responsible for dealing in all kinds of things. A dealer exchanges and trades, buys and sells, is always in commerce. Whoever you are, whatever the pattern of your life, whatever your roles, be a dealer in hope and start trading now.

Whatever you are, be a good one”. (Abraham Lincoln)

The seven powers of hope:


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“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness comprehended it not”, in the words of Saint John.

1.Energy when facing disappointment.2.Passion to try again when results fall short.3.Drive to press through obstacles.4.Resolve when resistance emerges.5.Boldness during uncertainty.6.Endurance when tempted to quit.7.Stability when circumstances feel unstable.

7 ways to be a dealer in hope:


1.Give people something to believe in. Connect effort and sacrifice to the big picture. Soldiers fight for big things like God, country, family, and fellow soldiers. Belief precedes hope.

2.Be human with aspiration. Share challenges and weaknesses you’ve faced and worked through.

3.Show people how they’re making meaningful contribution. Be specific.

4.Narrow focus. Too many goals overwhelm and discourage. Passion makes some leaders take on too many challenges.

5.Believe in your teammate’s potential and capacity. Keep people working where they best succeed. How are you setting others up for success?

6.Share information. Hope is a way of thinking that requires information about challenges, opportunities, progress, and results. Research shows that leaders drastically under communicate.

7.Create and celebrate small wins. Every challenge is made smaller by a series of small wins.


Zainab Fatima


* ZAINAB FATIMA IS A PSYCHOLOGIST, BLOG WRITER AND FREELNCER. * SHE IS A WOMAN WITH AMBITION AND A HEART OF GOLD.

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* ZAINAB FATIMA IS A PSYCHOLOGIST, BLOG WRITER AND FREELNCER. * SHE IS A WOMAN WITH AMBITION AND A HEART OF GOLD.