5 Fears Leaders Must Overcome
Become the Fearless Leader
Fear is often a completely made up concept. It’s our thoughts overreacting to certain stimuli. Sure, in some situations there is real danger (fear of walking through grizzly country in the dark), but when it comes to leadership, the fears are generally our own irrational thoughts working overtime.
As you progress in your leadership abilities, you have to be able to overcome these 5 fears. Keep in mind that overcoming fears doesn’t mean that you are completely comfortable in these situations. Instead, when you overcome a fear, the fear may still be strong, but you have the presence of mind to function calmly, normally, and effectively in spite of it.
Fear of Criticism
Consider any leader. The larger the group he or she leads the more likely the criticism. Criticism is especially abundant in a highly prominent position like president (not just the current one, every president in history). It can be hurtful, especially when not done tactfully, and sometimes it can be true. So how do you deal with it? Take it as a sign that you’re doing a great job. If you’re surrounded by yes-men, you aren’t really leading. Ignore most of the criticism; take some to heart to determine if you’re leading the best way possible.
Fear of Failure
Leaders fail spectacularly. They’re prominent, easily seen, and when they don’t succeed people love to point out and say, “I told you so.” The goal as a leader is not to eliminate failure, that’s impossible. Instead, strive to fail forward, so that your failures are greater than most peoples’ successes. As Vince Lombardi said, “Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.”
Fear of Decision Making
Hard decisions don’t get easier with time. However, when you’re inexperienced, you can get caught up in analysis paralysis. Nothing will cause your organization to question your leadership abilities faster than your indecisiveness. Instead, using the information you have available, and some wise counsel, make the decision and move on.
Fear of Being Authority
Many of us want to be strong leaders, but remain humble. They seem contradictory when you have to say, “This is how it is.” Being in a position of power (authority) comes with the responsibility that everything that happens in your organization is because of you. Stand up for what you believe in, be firm with your decisions, and know that you have everyone’s best interest in mind.
Fear of Missing Your Goal
You have a vision for the organization. Ideally you have been able to articulate it well enough that everyone else has bought into it and turned it into their own vision as well. If you miss the goal, you may feel that you’ve let everyone down. The best way to not miss your goal is to keep your focus on it, and beyond. Missing isn’t final, but it’s your chance to persevere.
Training Leaders at Big Sky Collision Center
Our goal is to become the best auto body repair shop in Billings, Montana, and even the country. To get there, we have invested heavily in our employees. Every one of them has the opportunity to be trained as a leader. The end result is that they each take ownership of their job, perform it as though they’re leading the organization, and ultimately everyone benefits; especially you, as your vehicle is repaired to factory safety standards.