4 ways leaders can overcome their fear of failure


Great leaders must always be willing to take chances, but fear of failure causes some to hesitate, according the Harvard Business Review.

Here are four ways leaders can get over that fear:

1. Redefine failure. We often think of consequences as all or nothing, and some leaders believe if they do not fully achieve their stated goal they will have failed. However, failures can be valuable learning experiences and shifting your mindset about what failure is can help lower the pressure on taking risks.

2. Set approach goals, not avoidance goals. An avoidance goal is a hope to achieve one outcome in order to avoid another. However, thinking about what you hope to get out of an experience reduces your mental fatigue.

3. Create a "fear list." Fear can feed themselves when we don't view them critically. Making a checklist of your fears can help demystify them.\

4. Focus on learning. No matter what happens, if you enter a situation determined to learn something, it can never truly be considered a failure.

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