Silent fear rules the way we lead!

The “how to” for any leadership skill will not work without dealing with the things that get in the way!

 So what gets in the way?

For most every leadership skill, the “how to” is a short list of simple and easy-to-use steps that have a notable track record of success.

But the “how to” doesn’t work unless it’s used.

The things that get in the way are subtle and invisible. Here are some examples.

If you want to resolve a conflict, you have to confront it—using a simple step-by-step process. But fear gets in the way—“He’ll explode if I bring it up.” Or “She’ll cry if I confront her.” Or “He’ll see that I’m nervous and unsure of myself.”

Holding people accountable is as easy as 1-2-3, but one step in the “how to” is having consequences. And fear of delivering on the consequences gets in the way—“They won’t like me.” Or “I’ll be an outsider. Or “They’ll get me fired.”

For every “how to” there are silent fears—getting in the way.

And it’s easy to give in to them.

But when we do, our fears rule the way we lead.

The starting point is self awareness.

Martha Forlines and Thad Green

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