The positive impact and development of hopeful leaders

Suzanne J. Peterson, Fred Luthans

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Although hope is commonly used in terms of wishful thinking, as a positive psychological concept consisting of the dimensions of both willpower (agency) and waypower (pathways), it has been found to be positively related to academic, athletic and health outcomes. The impact of hopeful leaders, however, has not been empirically analyzed. This exploratory study (N = 59) found that high- as compared to low-hope leaders had more profitable work units and had better satisfaction and retention rates among their subordinates. The implications of these preliminary findings of the positive impact that hopeful leaders may have in the workplace are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)26-31
Number of pages6
JournalLeadership & Organization Development Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Individual behaviour
  • Leadership
  • Organizational behavior
  • Personality
  • Psychology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous)
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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