Fear and Failure-The Emotional Constraints of Leaders


Ho wdo we avoid the emotional constraints of leadership?

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As a leader we can be the driver of the emotional constraints not only of our employees, but also ourselves. Which type of emotional constraints affect you most in your teams? Fear of being criticized? Fear of making a mistake and looking foolish? Avoiding conflict in group discussions even when you know your idea is good? Or just feeling unsure of the value in your idea?

This comes into play in response to our ego over-riding our creativity, or our inner drive. To put ourselves out there places us in a position to be criticized. Criticism feels bad. All of this will place constraints on your effectiveness as a leader.

We are all afraid of making mistakes. The problem comes when we greatly exaggerate in our minds the result of making a mistake. We anticipate that making a mistake will bring far more disastrous results than it actually has…

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