As a leader we can be scared and feel fear, but cannot stop, and be frozen in our tracks doing nothing. Here are some steps you can take to lead, even when you are scared.
At this time of the year being scared or scary is kinda cool – after all it is Halloween! But this is a short season and leaders lead all year long, so the question asked by the title of this piece is a good one – “is it ok for leaders to be scared?”
Most leaders would say No! After all they rationalize that leaders must be tough. Leaders must be out front, leaders should be resilient and heroic. Think Mel Gibson in Braveheart, Harrison Ford as the President in Air Force One, Sally Field in Norma Rae, or John Wayne in just about any movie… that is often consciously or not, the picture we have of leaders. And if that is the picture, fear is not in that picture.
My answer isn’t quite so fast or quite so definite. Is it ok for leaders to be scared?
Via Richard Andrews, donhornsby, David Hain, catherine wilmart