One emotion related to the Halloween holiday is fear (all in fun, of course), but fear in leadership must be managed before it gets out of control. Fear will take us out of the battle and lead us to abandon our good intentions as leaders. It’s about adopting courage and honor as the guiding force for our daily decision-making.
To choose courage instead of fear in leadership, here are three things we can do to be more courageous –
- Become more aware of your doubts and fears. Stop and reflect on the areas where you’re putting off making a decision or taking action. More than likely you need courage to move ahead.
- Sort it out and make a plan. If you don’t have clarity, check in with a teammate or someone you trust to get their perspective of the situation. They don’t have the same emotional investment or concerns you have, and they may be able to encourage you in your next steps.
- Lean into the pain of your doubts and fears to do what you know is right. You can’t go wrong doing right. Just start moving ahead with your plan. The Leading with Honor Courage Challenge card can be very helpful for coaching yourself in this area. Download or purchase a copy.
In hindsight, it’s amazing how often lies about ourselves and the situation are the source of our doubts and fears. Courage helps us disarm lies, discover truth, and ultimately deliver us more freedom. Please share your comments on this topic, too –
**You can read more about this topic in Lee Ellis’ latest book, Engage with Honor. Learn more, watch the trailer, and order your copies!