5 Ways to Combat Leadership Fears

By Kelly Marone

Updated Over a Week Ago

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Leadership fears are quite common, and most of them are unconscious. Here are some helpful solutions and guidelines for overcoming certain obstacles.

These three aspects can hold people back from leadership:

Lack of Confidence

This problem affects many people. People with impressive talents and excellent skills are often afraid to showcase their value. They do not want to be criticized. In the end, these people start believing that they are not anything special, so they withhold potentially brilliant ideas and useful contributions.


Fear keeps people away from many great opportunities. It is normal to hesitate when faced with new and scary challenges. People are sometimes afraid of the unknown or of change.


“At least in here, I know exactly what I have to do”  is what most people would use as a justification for not reaching out for a new position. Routine clutters our minds and keeps it from wondering about new possibilities. Adults generally have the same daily schedule. They are cozy enough with their present situation and don’t want the burden of greater responsibilities such as leadership.

Here is how to get out of your comfort zone and exploit your skills to combat leadership fears:

Always Ask Questions

Inquiring minds are never satisfied with the current state of things. They try to improve and innovate. Therefore, the first step is to start analyzing your life and see what can be changed. Small decisions are the best way to get accustomed to this attitude. Question your current responsibilities – why are you given these tasks, and how are they helping the company?

Keep an Open Mind

Be open to new situations and unfamiliar tasks. They can bring satisfaction in of self-development. Try not to refuse tasks to which you do not have the answer on the spot. Instead of thinking, “I don’t know how to do that,” say, “I will learn the solution and apply it the best I can.”

Accept challenges and think positively. You could be amazed at the outcome. Some companies appreciate leaders with bold initiatives and courage. If the one you are working for does not promote personal growth, it’s time to look for another one. Struggling only for money is not an option for future leaders.

Give Advice to Others

Don’t underestimate your skills. Find someone who needs personal or professional guidance and help them out. Generous acts will boost your self-confidence. In time, you will grow to take bolder initiatives and present a more professional attitude.

Take on More Responsibilities

The key to becoming a leader is to be a part of more tasks. Get involved in several projects, learn new things, and volunteer for activities. This way, you will eventually get used to being responsible for major aspects of the company.

Slowly, people will start depending on you and asking for advice. Take advantage of the situation and prove that you deserve to be trusted and in a leading position.

Respect Yourself

The first step towards gaining respect from others is to respect yourself. Only accept jobs and tasks that will take you up and not down. Bosses sometimes abuse their power and impose ridiculous rules and schedules.

Employers are not obliged to put up with misery. They have two options – asking for decent working conditions or looking for better jobs. Don’t be afraid to take a stand, as you deserve to be happy. True leaders know their worth and accept nothing less.

In the end, no matter what field you may be working in, becoming a leader should be a priority. It’s not about being everybody’s boss but about being the best you.

How Do You Combat Leadership Fears?

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Kelly Marone
Kelly Marone
Kelly Marone is a professional writer and editor at Papersgear. Strong, competitive and self-driven freelancer with a 5-year writing experience. Traveller. Always open for new opportunities. Passionate about life and work. Has been fortunate enough to be exposed to myriad and different kinds of people, worked with people from all parts of the globe, and Asia, in particular.
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