The best way to inspire hope in another is to show how the use of his or her own mind is efficacious, powerful and valuable. True leaders inspire individualism, not dependence. The kind of leaders to avoid are the ones who promise to make things all better for you. This is almost always a lie or, worse, a pretense at benevolence masking a desire for control. You’re better off alone and not knowing what to do than under the “care” of someone who wants to control you, and whose sense of “self” arises from others being dependent on him.