A leader is a dealer in hope

Napoleon crossing the Alps

Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte was born into a relatively modest family on the provincial island of Corsica, far from his country’s centres of power. But he became one of the greatest political and military leaders of all time.

His philosophy of leadership was simple:

“A leader is a dealer in hope.”

No matter what situation you face, or what great solution you have uncovered, your first step to creating the change you want to see in the world must be to inspire people to hope for something better: to create a vision that spurs them to want to do what needs to be done.

And it is true no matter what your politics. We can see this in the results both of the Brexit referendum and the recent elections of the 44th and the 45th presidents of the United States.

What steps do you take each day to create hope, in yourself and others?




Inner Leadership is a structured framework for creating and implementing hope and inspiration in ourselves and others during in times of change.

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