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We're often presented with challenges that we've not encountered before that may leave us feeling fearful of making mistakes. But no one can reduce mistakes to zero.
Don't be ashamed or afraid of your fear of making mistakes, and don't think that being fearful is evidence that you're an indecisive leader. If you are prevention-focused, channel it to be bold and visionary.
The traditional image of a leader is one who is intelligent, brave, and unafraid. Your concern about making mistakes is there to remind you that you're in a challenging situation. Being cautious has value.
Fear of mistakes can prevent people from taking action. Overcome this paralysis with emotional agility skills:
Deciding is too much effort so we’re likely to just stick with the default or safer option if it’s already been chosen for us.
When we get offered too many choices, the same...
This is when serotonin is at it’s natural high, which helps to calm our brain. Thus, we feel less risk averse and so we can face risks and make harder choices.
If we’re feeling hunger, thirst or sexual desire, that can actually spill over into the decision areas of our brains, making us feel more desire for big rewards when we make choices.
This can lead us to make higher-risk choices and to want for more.
The CHAOTIC Leadership Model is a set of principles that enable us to perform despite the chaos around us. The acronym stands for:
Chaos and uncertainty make us want to shut down and become disengaged.
The idea of staying calm and focusing on what you can control keeps us engaged and aimed towards a possible solution.
Acting or responding to a situation is always better than mindless reaction, which itself leads to further chaos.
Taking action, even if it is a small asserting of control, keeps us moving forward.