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Courage in the Face of Fear

We’ve all heard it a thousand times: “Be brave,” “Face your fears,” “Push through.” But let’s get real – fear is a part of life, especially when you’re leading in a fast-paced, high-stakes environment. The good news? Courage isn’t about eliminating fear; it’s about moving forward despite it.

Susan Cain, the author of “Quiet,” nailed it when she said, “Courage is not the absence of fear. Courage is fear walking.” It’s such a powerful reminder that feeling scared doesn’t make you weak—it makes you human. The key is to keep walking, even when fear is tagging along for the ride. (Read Quiet? No, do. You’ll love it.)

In one of our workshops, we talk about the Courageous Leader who leads from the front line, getting her hands dirty alongside her people to achieve the purposeful outcome, she knows is needed. Let’s meet her now.

Embrace Your Warrioress

What do we mean when we say the Warrioress Powertype. Picture a fierce, organised and effective leader who knows exactly what needs to be done and who should do it. She’s not just about charging into battle – she’s operationalising the Queen’s strategy, trusting herself to know what to do and deeply connected to her team. The Warrioress can sense the best way to make things happen and energise her people with a playful yet directive touch.

Imagine this: You’re leading a major project with tight deadlines and high expectations. The pressure is on and fear is whispering in your ear, telling you that you might not make it. Instead of letting that fear paralyse you, you channel your Warrioress. You break down the tasks, assign roles based on each team member’s strengths and keep the energy high with your infectious enthusiasm. Your team feels your confidence and follows your lead, not because you’re fearless, but because you’re moving forward despite your fears.

The Power of Vulnerability

One of the most beautiful aspects of the Warrioress is her ability to share her emotions and vulnerability without losing her authority. People flock to her because she’s real. She’s not afraid to admit when she’s scared and she’s not ashamed to show her humanity. This openness creates a deep sense of trust and loyalty among her team.

Think about it: When you share your fears and struggles, you give others permission to do the same. It builds a culture where everyone feels safe to be themselves, to make suggestions and to support each other. It’s not just about being strong for your team; it’s about being strong with your team.

Knowing When to Push Forward and When to Pause

A true Warrioress knows when to charge ahead and when to step back. Sometimes, the bravest thing you can do is to stop, reflect, and recharge. Pushing through exhaustion and stress might seem like the heroic thing to do – after all, it’s often what’s praised and admired in our workplaces – but in reality, it’s a recipe for burnout. Not just for you, but for the whole team.

Trust your instincts. If you feel like you’re hitting a wall, give yourself permission to take a break. It’s in those moments of rest that clarity and creativity often come and you can return to the challenge with renewed energy and perspective. Peter Senge’s 6th law resonates here: “Faster is slower”. Pace yourself to the end.

Practical Tips for Walking with Fear

So how can you embody your Warrioress in your daily life? Here are a few tips:

  1. Acknowledge Your Fear: Don’t try to shove it down or ignore it. Recognise it, name it and understand that it’s okay to feel it.
  2. Chunk up the Challenge: Big, scary tasks can be overwhelming. Break them down into smaller, manageable steps and tackle them one by one.
  3. Lean on Your Other Powertypes: Queen for decisions, Mother for compassion, Lover for connection and Sorceress for wisdom.
  4. Lean on Your Team: Share your fears and challenges with your team. Let them support you and offer their perspectives. Remember, you’re not in this alone.
  5. Stay Playful: Keep the energy light where you can. A bit of humour and playfulness can go a long way in easing tension and fostering creativity.
  6. Reflect and Recharge: Know when it’s time to take a step back and care for yourself. Self-care is not a luxury; it’s a necessity for sustainable leadership.

Remember, courage isn’t about being fearless; it’s about feeling the fear and moving forward anyway. Embrace your Warrioress and let her guide you through the challenges with strength, grace, and authenticity. You’ve got this!

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