Conquering The Common Fears of Leadership
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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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.
Unrecognized or unacknowledged core fears are almost always a root cause of professional distress and unattained potential.
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In the first phase, take a close look at your history. Examine the choices you've made and the reasons behind those choices.
For instance, not putting effort into pursuing your own interests but instead, activities in which you can excel could point to the fear of not being good enough.