There is no such thing as a “realistic approach” to a problem. During the ongoing problem, one finds optimism, solely in the fact that being optimistic means to have the desire to cure the problem. Simply being realistic when it comes to an issue, only means to know the facts. The facts are fine. Yet, when it comes to actually ridding the problem of its existence, that means being optimistic.
Would one ridicule a leader for being optimistic? If so, then the one who ridicules was never deserving to be a leader.
Leadership is born upon the spine of optimism. One, as a leader, does not survive upon facts, and facts, alone. Again, facts are fine, though they are not what will cure the problem.
Realism is the telling of facts. It means to look ahead. Though, looking ahead is not looking towards the future. Looking ahead means to stare at the faces of others, in their own desperation. When we reject responsibility, the essence of true leadership, we are distrusting of others, of ourselves, and of potential leaders. Meaning, that to see the future, means to stare upwards at the face of a leader.
Optimism is the courage, the wisdom, the duty to cure the problem, soon as it arrives. Optimism is objectively meant to be the mindset of the leader, not realism. Realism is for the scientist, and other ordinaries. A scientist is a thinker, and lazy as one. A leader is a doer, and productive as one.