Fears among leaders are more common than you might think. We just don't talk about it. We prefer to wear a superhero mask, demonstrating strength, and a sense of control even in the most challenging situations. Weakness is apparently not an option.
However, as a leader you are just as human as everybody else. The four most common fears among leaders, according to this Harvard Business Review article, are:
- Fear of being wrong
- Fear of not being good enough
- Fear of missing out
- Fear of being victimized or taken advantage of
Instead of suppressing your fears, deal with them constructively following the four steps outlined below.
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Fear is a natural and universal human phenomenon, affecting top executives as much as anyone else. The majority of management literature is focused on helping leaders conquer their fears. The problem is that stifling fear doesn’t make it go away. In fact, failing to address it can lead to highly unproductive and dysfunctional behaviors. Through our firm’s work with thousands of executives over 30 years, we have come to believe that unrecognized or unacknowledged core fears are almost always a root cause of professional distress and unattained potential. Yet those fears are not necessarily bad. We have met met many leaders who have chosen to understand and learn from their fears, turning them into fuel for performance. If you are willing to take a hard look at your fears and where they’re coming from, you can channel them productively.