You can’t become a great leader by avoiding risk. Damocles would agree.
To be a leader is to act, and to act is to take risks. Think about it. Is it possible to separate leading from risk-taking? A leader puts it on the line repeatedly, continually making the decisions that determine how the organization will succeed by addressing issues, solving problems, adapting and innovating. They explain, teach, persuade, and get it done. All of those involve action and action involves risks.
Via Bobby Dillard, David Hain