Leadership is a strange concept for those with high fear of failure. To progress we will almost certainly have to manage people, build teams, give instruction: lead. Leadership may be thrust upon us – and must be if we are to progress. Yet, as High-FFs, we have none of the natural faculties of leadership and will, in fact, have a lot of the faculties that suggests we should avoid taking charge of others. Leadership, for those with a high fear of failure, can seem like a contradiction in terms.
Yet, like goal achievement, leadership is possible as long as we are prepared to accept who we are – including our faulty wiring – and externalize and depersonalize our experiences. If we can remove our obsession with our immediate selves ...