Expect the best, but prepare for the worst.
Every leader needs to possess and portray a level of expectation as well as preparation.
Sadly, the opposite mindset often exists. Leaders expect the worst, while preparing for the best.
Leaders must always expect the best because the result instills hope in all who follow. Therefore, the key element is preparation. Consider a few questions:
1) Who will be affected if the worst happens?
2) What actions need to be taken to prevent the worst case scenario?
3) How will we respond to our leadership role if the worst case occurs?
Preparation minimizes the opportunity for the worst.