The most important quality of leadership, the
one quality for which you want to be known, is extraordinary performance,
with the goal of achieving extraordinary results. These results
then serve as an inspiration to others to perform at equally exceptional
levels. People ascribe leadership to those men and women who they
feel can most enable them to achieve important goals or objectives.
The Foremost Of The Values
Winston Churchill once said, "Courage is rightly considered
the foremost of the virtues, for upon it all others depend."
The systematic development of the deep down quality of unflinching
courage is one of the fundamental requirements for leadership
in any field. Fear, or the lack of courage is more responsible
for failure in management, and in life, than any other factor.
It is always fear that causes people to hold back, to sell themselves
short, to settle for far less than they are capable of!
Eliminate Fear And Doubt
I firmly believe that you can do, have or be far
more than you now know if only you could eliminate the fear, doubts
and misgivings that consciously and unconsciously interfere with
your realizing your full potential.
Unlearn Your Fears
If there is anything positive about fear, it is that all fears
are learned, that no one is born with fears, and that having been
learned, they can be unlearned. If you want to understand the
role of fear in shaping the course of your life, just ask yourself,
if you had a magic wand that would absolutely guarantee you success
in any one thing you attempted, what goal would you set for yourself.
The Great Question
"What one great thing would you dare to dream if you knew
you could not fail?" If you had no fears at all with regard
to money or the criticism of others, what would you do differently?
Most people can think of all kinds of changes they would, or could,
make in their lives if they had no fears to hold them back.
The Origins Of Fear
The development of courage begins with understanding the psychological
origins of fear. The newborn child has only two fears; the fear
of falling and the fear of loud noises. All other fears that we
experience as adults are learned as we are growing up, primarily
as the result of well-meaning but destructive criticism from our
How Fears Develop
When the curious child gets into things and makes a mess, the
parent scolds and punishes the child, eventually building up a
pattern of fear connected with trying or getting into anything
new or different. As adults, we experience this as the fear of
failure, the fear of risking, of making a mistake, of losing.
First, imagine that you had no fears at all. What would you set
as a goal for yourself if you were guaranteed of success?
Second, decide exactly what you want and then
act as if it were impossible to fail. You may be surprised at
how successful you are.