Encouraging a State of Confidence

We’ve all been inspired by greatness at one point or another. Whether by childhood heroes or modern day business leaders, stories of success and brilliance can help drive us to achieve unbelievable things. But the one thing that can cripple our approach into the unknown is fear. Many people know President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s quote, “The only thing to fear is fear itself.” This is as true today as it was 80 years ago when FDR told it to the American people during the Great Depression. But as business leaders, I would take it one step further. As a business leader, you need to make sure you’re encouraging a state of confidence in the midst of fear.

“Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others.”
Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Stevenson, author of notable novels including Treasure Island and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, was an admired and celebrated author. He had a successful career and a family, but battled deteriorating health. He moved from place to place to find a climate best suited for his illness. But during a time in his life when he was facing inevitable sickness and death, he buckled-down and wrote some of his best work.

Whether you’re a budding team leader or the CEO of a thriving company, fear has the opportunity to not just cripple your innovation and bottom line, but if you let it consume you, it can damage the growth of those around you. Ignoring problems doesn’t make them go away, but showing courage and optimism through trials to your team may just be the inspiration they need.

Fear can cripple a leader, affecting the bottom line and overall productivity of an organization. But showing courage in the midst of fear has the power to galvanize and excite you and your employees.

Do you believe the mantra “Don’t ever let them see you sweat?” How have you shown courage in the midst of issues? Let us know in the comments section below!

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