Stepping Up to the Plate: Facing Up to Your Fear of Assuming a Leadership Role

  • Céleste Grimard
  • J. Andrew Morris
Part of the Management for Professionals book series (MANAGPROF)


This chapter first examines the reasons why some people refrain from taking on leadership roles when invited to do so. Fear of failure is considered a critical aspect herein, and overcoming the fear to take on a leadership role is the critical undertone to the rest of the chapter. The chapter presents a case study of an individual who never considered herself fit to take on an official leadership role. The case study serves as a basis for considering how to help individuals manage and overcome anxiety and fear through the use of cognitive behavioral therapy. The chapter subsequently presents three practical exercises intended to address fear (generally as well as the fear of becoming a leader) and the reluctance to assume leadership roles, followed by lessons for engaged leaders and reflection questions.


Fear of leading The reluctant leader Stepping out of one’s comfort zone 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Céleste Grimard
    • 1
  • J. Andrew Morris
    • 2
  1. 1.École des sciences de la gestion, Université du Québec à MontréalMontréalCanada
  2. 2.MVS School of Business and Economics, CSU Channel IslandsCamarilloUSA

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