5 for Leadership (6/21/14)

small__5454974317Here is new 5 for the official 1st week of summer. There is a theme to the five posts offered–all deal in some way with the notion of leadership fear. Living and leading out of fear can be a crippler. Consider these various perspectives on the potential of leadership fear.

3 Strategies For Overcoming Fear As A Leader  “Fear. Every leader faces it, and must make a decision on what he will do when faced with any number of fears. Fear is a natural reaction to something new, different, or from change that is occurring in an area of our life.” See what else Will Ratliff has to say about the path to overcoming leadership fear.

5 Irrational Fears That Keep Us From Moving Forward  “If you are a human being (which means all alien beings can stop reading now) then you are going to experience fear. Fear is emotion – raw, unfiltered anxiety that has evolved over time to protect us from the painful and maybe fatal situations we encounter.” Tim Milburn takes our common fears head on and gives perspective. 

The Journey Of An Idea  “Ideas are funny things, and everyone seems to have some sort of idea about ideas.” Leadership ideas are many, some important that change the word, and others, not so much. Sometimes leaders fear having new ideas because we don’t know what will become of them. Chris Brady does a good job of helping us see the anatomy and journey of ideation.

3 Subconscious But Deadly Reasons Most Leaders Have Few Friends  Leaders could, and should, fear isolation. “You’ve heard it. Probably said it. It’s lonely at the top. It’s an experience many leaders have felt, including me in seasons. Why is that? Well, leadership can be confusing.” Carey Nieuwhof provides some good perspective and helpful solutions to having friends.

When Faith Meets The Marketplace: Women Working In Business And Technology  Do you ever fear matching your faith to the marketplace? What about as a woman? Here are five women who share their answers to the following three questions: (1) What do you do every day? (2) How do you feel about what you do? (3) When have you found your work particularly meaningful? Throughout the month of June the Gospel Coalition will be highlighting 25 different women’s responses to the above questions. Take a look at these five. 

What thoughts do you have on fear in the life of a leader?

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4 replies
  1. Bishop Bette E. Funn
    Bishop Bette E. Funn says:

    Yes Gary, every person in a leadership role is faced with audiences of all proportions and encounters fear. Through my 39 years of ministry, I discovered early on that God did not give me the spirit of fear… II Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. I overcame and still work on overcoming by reciting this scripture over and over until I am set free from it. So each time that I am troubled with fear, I repeat that scripture, it gets down in my spirit, and I become an overcomer. The fear that one encounters is called intimidation, which comes from our adversary. It is important as a leader to go forth under the unction of the Holy Spirit, depending on Him to help you and even to speak and operate through you, which requires letting go of self and allowing God to do the work. This means one must die to self, and letting the Lord speak through you. One can be used as an instrument of God. It is not wisdom of words that reaches man, but the power unction of the Holy Spirit. I Corinthians 2:1 And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. 2. For I determined not to know any thing among you, save JESUS Christ, and him crucified.

  2. Will
    Will says:

    Gary –

    Thanks for including my post in this list. I think it’s an important topic for every leader to discuss and respond to. The West Texas culture I grew up in is famous for the saying “Pull yourself up by your boot straps”; however, we were created for community and we cannot lead in isolation. It’s such a key factor in our growth (in every area of our life).

    **Also – you might check the link for the 3 Subconscious…I couldn’t get it to work.

    Keep up the good work!


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