Fears might be conditioned by personal upbringing, experiences, education and personality. In the case of leadership fears, the adage of nothing to fear but fear itself might just be the best solution.
It’s not as easy as it sounds, but neither easy as it seems. It does require labor and toll.
Fear of failure? Ask yourself: would you feel worse afterwards if you had failed or if you had not tried?
Fear of being abandoned? If you feel unvalued, ask yourself: why do I need others to have self-esteem?
Fear or criticism? When you are closed to ideas what you hear is criticism, when you are open to criticism, what you get is advice. The course of action here is for you to choose.
Fear of being an impostor? Leadership is an act, not a role. You will be judged by your actions and the positive impact this had on others, not by your pedigree. What benefit does your personal unique selling point provide?
Fear of making a mistake? To paraphrase a sports expression, true leaders already assume that others will make mistakes. To be entrepreneurial is to seize every small failure toward the goal of reaching challenging goals, preferably together.
Ultimately, though, our shared fortune is that each of these fears are conditional and ultimately about a lacking sense of confidence. Perhaps the following poem by Marianne Williamson will help:
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves: who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.