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10 Ways Fear Slows Us Down

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Back in November, Dan Rockwell wrote 4 words that have stuck with me.

“Fearful leaders need certainty.”

Try walking around with that in your heart for a month or two and observe.

Watch leaders you admire.

Observe leaders you don’t.

Consider how you respond to situations.

“Courage is fear that has said it’s prayers.”
~Karl Barth

Fear can inform.

or

Fear can paralyze.

10 Ways Fear Slows Us Down

Fear is natural. It is meant to slow us down, or speed us up.

Fear shows up in…

  1. Slow decision-making
  2. Revisiting decisions that you’ve already made
  3. Asking for permission, when you know what is right
  4. Waiting to hear what everyone else says before you have an opinion
  5. Pilots that go on forever
  6. Over-stakeholdering
  7. Setting easily achievable goals
  8. Holding on to the “way we’ve always done things”
  9. Needing more data
  10. The desire to convene a task force or committee at every turn
  11. ???.

Every item on this list may need to be done from time to time in moderation. And yet,

If these behaviors are showing up in your world, stop and consider. What is really slowing you down?

The need for certainty can stop progress.

The need for certainty will diminish your power.

Where else does fear drive the need for certainty?
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Karin Hurt
Karin Hurt
Karin Hurt is a leadership speaker, consultant, and MBA professor. She's a former Verizon Wireless executive with two decades of diverse cross-functional experience in sales, customer service and HR. Karin was named as a top 100 Thought Leader in Trustworthy Business Behavior by Trust Across America. She is author of, "Overcoming an Imperfect Boss: A Practical Guide to Building a Better Relationship With Your Boss. Karin knows the stillness of a yogi, the reflective road of a marathoner and the joy of being a mom raising emerging leaders.
 

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Steve Borek   |   08 January 2013   |   Reply

Fearful leaders promote even more fear.

Your followers are a mirror of the way you show up as the leader.

letsgrowleaders   |   08 January 2013   |   Reply

Steve, thanks for adding that. Fear rolls down hill.