The third quality that leaders need to have (see the full list here) is optimism.
Pessimists — who predict that the worst will happen –have a tendancy to spread their dismal outlook, which will only inhibit workers from doing their best.
Optimists, on the other hand, have the ability to keep going despite the hurdles that might be facing the organization. Optimists also understand the inspiring power of their positive outlook — they know, that is, that emotions tend to be contagious and that those who are led look to the leaders for direction and energy.Optimism also helps the leader — in that it reinforces resiliancy and a long-term perspective and tends to decrease stress.
Of course, optimism is not just hope and it’s not taking a Polly-Annish approach to life. Instead, optimism is grounded in knowledge, confidence, and a grounded sense that the organization is moving in a good direction.