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Fear in Leadership

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Photo Credit: By LeAnn Leagans

“Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it.”
Bill Cosby

As a leader, fear can often be a motivator to help us grow. You have a choice as a leader – you can stay where you are and let fear get the best of you or you can overcome fear and do new things you have never imagined possible. When you choose the first option, you often look back and wonder what could have been and end up living a life of regret. Choosing the second option may be difficult, but in the long run it’s worth it.

What steps can you take to help overcome fear as a leader?

  1. Surround yourself with like-minded people who will encourage and cheer you on in times of fear.
  2. Focus on what will happen once you make it past the fear, not the process of going through the fear itself.
  3. Force yourself to do it – make yourself think there are no other options.

I experienced this first hand over the weekend. I had the amazing experience of going on a leadership retreat at Callaway Gardens. During lunch they announced that everyone needed to look under their chair as one table would win a prize. Our table ended up winning the prize and it was free tickets to the ropes course and zip lines at the gardens. One minor problem – I am terrified of heights! Even though we were harnessed in, I was still afraid that I was going to fall and seriously injure myself. I had twelve other people on the course with me that helped encourage me and let me know that not only was I going to be okay, but I was going to be able to complete the course and look back on the experience as a major accomplishment.

How do you overcome fear as a leader?

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