Leadership is the hope that we can change the things that need to be changed and create what we cannot now imagine.
Hope gives us the courage to move forward, the power to forgive, and the grace to keep the promises we have made.
Hope dispels fears.
Hope readies us for round two.
Hope holds our heads above water and gives us permission to regroup when we are tired.
Hope redeems mistakes and prompts the optimism and resilience of a leader.
These wise words come from Unleashing the Power of Rubber Bands: Lessons in Non-Linear Leadership by Nancy Ortberg. I read her book several years ago, and still go back to the many highlights I made in it for inspiration. It’s an excellent book on leadership, a gem that is not as well-known or recommended as it deserves. I highly recommend it to anyone, because even if you think you aren’t a leader, you are. Someone, somewhere, it looking to YOU to be their model, and we all should act and react like leaders.