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How to Be a Positive Leader by Gretchen M. Spreitzer, Jane E. Dutton

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10Cultivate Hope: Found, Not Lost

Oana Branzei

Hope is a common, mundane experience, a deep belief that people and situations can and will change—for the better. Everyone hopes, some of the time. However, the consistent and persistent cultivation of hope is a virtuous and noteworthy undertaking.1 At full strength hope can be heroic, even transformational. As President Obama explained, hope is “imagining and then fighting for and struggling for and sometimes dying for what didn’t seem possible before.”2

As a way of seeing, feeling, and being, hope has fundamentally changed the course of human history. Hope has been practiced over space and time, called forth by political leaders such as Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela, preached by religious ...

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