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Conquering The Common Fears of Leadership

https://www.forbes.com/sites/brentgleeson/2014/05/05/conquering-the-common-fears-of-leadership/

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Conquering The Common Fears of Leadership
Mastering any skill usually requires some element of fear-conquering. Leadership is no different. While my SEAL task unit was deployed to Iraq in 2003, we were tasked with performing capture or kill missions working in conjunction with the CIA. Essentially this meant raiding houses in and around Baghdad looking for bad [...]

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Criticism

As a leader, your shortcomings will be highlighted more than your strengths. 

Criticism is something you should expect and get used to. Face the fear head on by regularly requesting anonymous feedback from your team.

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Failure

Failure

Driven people hate failure, even though failure is inevitable. You do not become a successful leader without having experienced failure along the way.

When you make mistakes, own them and let the team know what you are going to do to fix them.

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Making Decisions

Decision-making is critical for business leadership. The ability to learn how to make good decisions in highly chaotic environments can give you the tools necessary to take your business to the next level.

Be prepared, use the information at hand, and make the best possible decisions you can. Adjust quickly if you miss the mark.

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Speaking

Speaking

As a leader within an organization, one of the things you should be doing the most is communicating with your team. If you are unable to do this, you cannot expect your team to follow you wholeheartedly.

Take every opportunity you can to speak in front of audiences. The more you do it, the more confident you will be.

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Responsibility

With much power comes much responsibility. Your first priority is to your team.  If you put them first, all the rest will fall into place.

Working together as a team will lighten the burden of responsibility.

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Demographics And Leadership Destiny

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Jack Welch

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Vision

Great leaders have a clear, exciting idea of where they are going. They are excellent at strategic planning.

While a manager gets the job done, great leaders tap into the emotions of their employees.

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Winston Churchill

“Courage is rightly considered the foremost of the virtues, for upon it, all others depend.”  

Communication

A critical task of a leader is communication. It is better to err on the side of communicating more frequently than under-communicating because leaders thought everyone knows what is expected of th...

Positive and Optimistic

The voice of leadership, while not ignoring genuine threats, should sound positive and optimistic, believing you will succeed despite obstacles.

A cause is only lost when you believe it is, and even then, only when you give up. The task of leadership is to persevere until you achieve your goal, regardless of the difficulty. Communicate your optimism and transmit those beliefs to your team.

Unafraid

Fear causes people to freeze, take flight, or fight. It's not that leaders aren't afraid, but that they fear the greater danger of doing nothing.

Leaders speak to the real danger, that of leaving the threat unaddressed and unopposed. Courage means taking action and confronting the challenge directly, giving others the courage to do the same.