I’ve witnessed how fear can paralyze a person and, therefore, a team. You’ve seen it too. The fear of feeling inadequate. The fear of not being included. The fear of failure. The fear of the unknown. And the list goes on and on. What would you add to it?
Centuries ago a writer said “love casts out all fear”. Hhhmmm…not courage? Not more information? Not being a part of the clique? Not winning the big one?
It’s love that gets rid of fear???
Yeah, it does. From my perspective, the reason is that love creates a safe space for us. And within that space we don’t have to resort to either “silence or violence”…”fight or flight”. We can be real and authentic when there is safety.
Leaders, let me implore you to give the gift that keeps on giving…a safe place for those around you. Safety promotes trust and allows people to tell their stories. Safety gives people permission to be innovative and creative without the fear of making a mistake. Safety encourages us to move forward at just the right pace. No need to get in a big hurry if you’re safe.
Now think about it. Who can you give this gift of safety to in the coming days? As the giver, you most likely will receive much more in return.