While this phrase may be overused, it expresses a thought worthy of application.
Two key words represent the significance of this phrase: expect and prepare. Every leader needs to possess and portray a high level of expectation as well as preparation.
Sadly, the opposite mindset often exists. Leaders can expect the worst, while preparing for the best. They tend to be pessimistic, even though they desire positive results. In the end, the final analysis leads to a leadership that confuses followers and creates a lack of trust.
Turn this around, however, and a leader can present an optimistic confidence by which followers develop certainty and conviction.
Leaders must always expect the best because the result instills hope in all who follow. The key element is preparation. To be prepared for the worst, leaders must consider a few questions:
1) What is the worst possible scenario?
2) Who will be affected if this happens?
3) What actions need to be taken to prevent the worst case scenario?
4) How will we respond if the worst case occurs?
These four ideas prepare a foundation for leadership success by minimizing the opportunity for the worst.