Leadership Resilience Quote of the Day

“I have always believed that hope is that stubborn thing inside us that insists, despite all the evidence to the contrary, that something better awaits us so long as we have the courage to keep reaching, to keep working, to keep fighting.” – Barack Obama

Good morning dear readers. Whatever your political persuasion, I want to share a quote from our President’s speech of last night – I was struck specifically when he talked about hope.

When we look at great leadership and how we develop resilience in ourselves, on our teams, and in our organizations, one of our top jobs is instilling a sense of hope and possibility, even during times of stress.

According to the cutting edge research being done on Psychological Capital in the workplace by Luthans, Avolio, Youseff (authors of the book Psychological Capital from Oxford University Press), and others in the field, this is a definition of hope at work:

Hope – Is defined as a positive motivational state where two basic elements – successful feeling of agency (or goal oriented determination) and pathways (or planning to achieve those goals) interact.

Hope is one of four components of Psychological Capital that makes for effective organizations. What are the outcomes we see when our people are more confident, hopeful, optimistic and resilient?  Research has found that employees with high Psychological Capital:

  • Perform better
  • Have higher levels of engagement
  • Create more stable organizational growth
  • Have less absenteeism
  • Are more effective at leading or participating in organizational change

How are you creating a hopeful, optimistic environment in your workplace?


About karlinsloan

Karlin Sloan has committed herself to finding out what makes great leaders tick, and to supporting leaders to be the change they wish to see in the world. As a corporate citizen she is an advocate for triple-bottom-line reporting, for creating sustainable ways of working and living, and for creating positive organizational communities that work together for the greater good. She is the author of the acclaimed business book Smarter, Faster, Better; Strategies for Effective, Enduring, and Fulfilled Leadership which has been translated into Thai and Russian, UNFEAR: Facing Change in an Era of Uncertainty, and co-author of the 2012 book Lemonade: The Leaders Guide to Resilience at Work. For more information see www.karlinsloan.com or www.theresilienceproject.net
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One Response to Leadership Resilience Quote of the Day

  1. What struck me as significant both in the definition you have provided here Karlin, and in all of the work we do around Resilience at Work is the understanding that hope, like optimism, is not passive. It is not just a state of being, it is a call to action. Hope sometimes get a bad rap. When likened to blind optimism it loses its power. But when recognized as a belief or expectation that inspires action, hope becomes a powerful motivating force in the workplace. The power of the Resilience work we do lies in that awareness…that it is not just how we feel, but how we choose to act. It is the interaction between expectation and action that makes hope such a powerful force!

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