You gain strength, experience and confidence by every experience where you really stop to look fear in the face… You must do the thing you cannot do.
It seems like most, if not all, people have something that they really fear. Fears can be very real at times. They can cause people to freeze up and tremble. Other times, fear and keep people from moving forward on their goals. As a leader, it can be easy to let fear get a hold of you. There are many things that you may fear as a leader. Some of those fears may include:
1. Fear of rejection
2. Fear of inadequacy
3. Fear of the unknown
4. Fear of underperformance
5. Fear of lack of control
When you are the leader, you cannot let fear take control of you. If you let fear have a hold on you, you will become an ineffective leader. When you let fear take a hold of you, you are giving it control over you. Fear can be debilitating if you let it be.
On the other hand, a little fear is okay if it motivates you to be better and work harder. You must use that fear to motivate you to be better. So what is the opposite of fear? I would suggest that it is courage. When you have courage, you look past your fears to the end result. If you have courage, you will act in the face of uncertainty. As a leader, you cannot succeed if you don’t have courage. Just as there are many things you can fear, there are also many things you can have courage to do. Some of those include:
1. Courage to be yourself
2. Courage to do what’s right
3. Courage to do your best
4. Courage to move forward when the future is unknown
5. Courage to face your fears
6. Courage to deliver bad news when necessary
As a leader, you may face internal battles between fear and courage. There is no fear that you cannot overcome with courage. What do you fear? What do you have courage to do? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below!