A leader must always communicate a progressive message. It must provide a clear path of advancement on the goal and mission. A progressive message must be:
Communicating a progressive message does not mean one must ignore problems or failures, a progressive message recognises the problems and failures. In recognizing problems and failures the leader uses the adversity as a way-point to the goal and a successful mission. Failing to maintain a progressive message will undermine the moral and productivity of the team. If the person leading can’t point to the progressive path the team will stall.
So maintain a progressive message and bring your people forward.