So what’s holding you back from becoming a better leader? Fear. It’s always fear. Fear of giving without the promise of return. Fear of inexperience or inadequacy. Fear of sharing your vision or of what others will think if you aim for the unknown or extraordinary. Maybe even the fear of success—fear that if it all works, you’ll actually have something to lose. But love casts out fear. Let the desire to make a difference in your world transcend the fear that would otherwise hold you back. Feel the fear and act anyways. Take one step forward—just one. If you don’t, who will?
“All of the great leaders have had one characteristic in common: It was the willingness to confront unequivocally the major anxiety of their people in their time. This, and not much else, is the essence of leadership.”
- John Kenneth Galbraith, Canadian economist and diplomat