Hope-Centered Leadership in Practice

There are many books about leadership; however, only recently have there been studies supporting the connection between leadership and hope, and the inclusion of hope in emerging models of leadership (Adams et al., 2002; Helland and Winston, 2005; Snyder et al., 2000). Prior to the last 15 years, hope had been viewed as fluffy and abstract, but recent pioneering work has substantiated its complexity and value. Hope is now identified as a complex, multidimensional, and dynamic cognitive process that is observable across numerous contexts and has applicability to leadership (Eliott, 2005).

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