We have only to consult our experience to know that our leaders’ and co-workers’ moods and outlooks affect us. My colleague Cheryl radiates sunshine and hope; they “power” her life. During a year-long collaboration, I marveled at her earnest friendliness, genuine curiosity about others, and often-expressed appreciation. When we faced challenges, her hope buoyed me.
Poet Emily Dickinson pictured hope as a bird—fragile and strong, delicate and unstoppable, freely given and giving generously.
Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul
And sings the tune without the words,
And never stops at all.
And sweetest in the gale is heard:
And sore must be the storm
That could abash the little bird
That kept so many warm.
I’ve heard it in the chillest land
And on the strangest sea:
Yet never, in extremity,
It asked a crumb of me.
Try an “awareness experiment” about how hopeful people affect you.
Here are suggestions for exploring further.
Merryn Rutledge, Ed.D., GPCC, PCC, Board Certified Coach, is Principal at ReVisions LLC. She helps people and organizations reach their potential through two services: leadership coaching and organizational development consulting.