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Uncertainty and Fear: How to maneuver around these obstacles

Change often creates fear. Fear of the unknown, fear of failure. In this article, we discuss how to work through uncertainty and fear.
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The Negative Side of Uncertainty

Uncertainty | Fear of Losing Control

The high levels of uncertainty and instability tend to provoke increased levels of fear, anxiety, and loss of control. This is particularly difficult for leaders or others responsible for delivering change. Margaret Wheatly (2007) describes how fear leaders feel sometimes is rooted in the sense of loss of control. As they being to see their limitations, they begin to see the results of their own ignorance and must confront true powerlessness. And as they do this, they tend to become more fearful and try to control more.

Blame & Shame | Feeling Inadequate and Shame

Leaders can also have feelings of inadequacy and shame as they are pressured into being strong and having all of the answers. These feelings can be extremely painful, particularly in organisations where blame is habitually used to deal with mistakes.

When experiencing shame, a leader’s instinct is to disconnect from others, blame them, and keep feelings of being stuck or confused hidden. Unfortunately, leaders who are in this frame of mind seldom reach out for help or experiment with new, risky ways of behaving as it may be seen as a sign of weakness or inadequacy.

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