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What role does fear play in how you lead?

With eager anticipation I cracked open the newest book from Gallup Press: Breaking the Fear Barrier, by Tom Reiger.  Generally, I’m a fan of the insights produced by the researchers at Gallup.  The tagline: “How fear destroys companies from the inside out and what to do about it” was very promising, and I dove right in!

Sadly, I was only mildly impressed with Reiger’s work.  Gallup has a powerful marketing engine that will surely put this book on the Best Seller list overnight — but I found it to be more ‘heady’ than compelling…just one step above ‘yawner.’

I’m really disappointed because anyone who makes a living as an Executive Coach dives into the arena of ‘fear’ often.  Just like the frayed rope that’s losing it’s strength, many leaders let fears degrade their ability to hold people together.

This book jumped off that shelf and into my briefcase, because I was looking for deep insight about why and how fear causes powerful people to act out in mysterious ways.  I am continually looking for a razor sharp, compelling book to help some of my clients whose fears may become de-railing to their careers that were once on the fast track.

The book Tim Schmidt and I co-authored: What Really Works, introduces the idea that “blending the Seven Fs:” faith, family, finances, fitness, friends, fun and future, can help leaders create personal and professional harmony – and live and work with less fear.  We’ve even promised to tackle the subject of “fear” in a future book.

Paul Batz

Paul Batz is CEO and Founder of Good Leadership Enterprises. He is an inspirational leadership coach, best selling author and professional speaker. His Good Leadership blog is recognized as one of the top leadership posts in America today.

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