Fearless Leadership

Published March 12, 2018

If you’ve ever been in a room full of co-workers engaged in a team-building exercise, chances are you’ve heard the question, What would you do if you knew you could not fail?

It’s a good question that has been asked so frequently, it has nearly lost all of its poignancy. So let me ask the question in another way.

If fear were obsolete, what dreams would you take action on?

At the 2017 Global Leadership Summit, Gary Haugen brilliantly coined the phrase, Fear is the silent destroyer of dreams.

Fear is sown in silence, fertilized in the shadows and grown in darkness.

Fear is often an unseen virus that takes down the mightiest of dreamers and discourages the bravest of leaders.

So in a world desperately in need of courageous, fearless leaders, how do we face the silent destroyer of dreams and come out on the other side victorious?

Here are three ways to combat the fear in your leadership:

1) Name it

If fear thrives in the dark and chokes in the light, then the greatest step we can take to avoid this silent destroyer is to name the fear.

I can still remember what it felt like the first time I voiced a fear that had consumed me for months. I was walking around in what felt like a fog. Fear had already taken over so much of my life.

When I finally began to speak it, it spilled out of my mouth so quickly it almost scared me.

The tears came and it felt like my fear lay all over the floor, ugly, exposed and messy, for everyone to see.

But instead of judgement, I heard hope. I experienced freedom.

Freedom will never come if we refuse to voice our fears.

Freedom comes when we take a dose of humility, name the fears and allow them to lie open and exposed for trusted people to see.

2) Own it

Have you ever tried to convince someone it isn’t your fault that fear just happens to inhabit your every thought and action?

Perhaps the fear comes from a family sin pattern, or someone treated you in a way that caused fear, or the fear is just a part of your culture.

There may be legitimate reasons for your fear. However, legitimate reasons do not give us license to indulge the fear.

Every fear has the potential to be uprooted and thrown out. Fearless leaders own their responsibility in this process.

If you cannot own your own ability to overcome your fear, you will never experience freedom from it.

Own it.

Own your role in it.

Own your ability to rise above it.

3) Fight against it

In a world inundated with self-help books and how-to guides, there are so many messages telling us if we fight harder, fight smarter or fight better, we can defeat the fear that overcomes us.

But I would disagree.

On your own, you cannot defeat the fear in your life.

The good news is that we serve a God who invites you to join Him as He defeats the fear in your life.

He invites you to drown your fears in His word, to fill your minds with His teachings, to surrender all your thoughts to Him and then to work diligently to fix your mind on His truth.

Philippians 4:8 reminds us, Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable if anything is excellent or praiseworthy think about such things.

Fear is not a passive enemy. We must take real action and engage a serious strategy to defeat it.

We simply cannot approach the fight against our fear with apathy.

May we, as leaders, name the fear, own the fear and fight against the fear in order to unleash the dreams God has given us for His world.

About the Author(s)
This is the author headshot for Hannah Gronowski.

Hannah Gronowski

Founder, CEO

Generation Distinct

Hannah Gronowski is the Founder and CEO of Generation Distinct , a nonprofit that exists to empower young leaders to discover the wrong they were born to make right, leading them to experience who Jesus really is. She has a passion to use her voice to empower others to become leaders God can use to create real change in the world. She is also a speaker and an author, with her first book releasing in 2020 with NavPress Publishers. She has spoken at conferences, churches, college campuses, and youth events around the country.

We welcome and encourage comments on this site. There may be some instances where comments will need to be edited or removed, such as:

  • Comments deemed to be spam or solely promotional in nature
  • Comments not relevant to the topic
  • Comments containing profane, offensive, or abusive language
  • Anonymous comments

If you have any questions on the commenting policy, please let us know at heretoserve@globalleadership.org

Join us LIVE Thursday-Friday, August 4-5, 2022Get your tickets for The Global Leadership Summit


Get your tickets before the early bird deadline of June 15, 2022, for $50 off the regular rate!

*Pricing to attend The Global Leadership Summit two-day event on August 4-5, 2022, at our early bird rate is $179 per person (not eligible for on-site main auditorium seats in South Barrington, IL.) All ticket sales are per-person in USD for registration to attend within the U.S. Guests from other countries please contact your GLN or GLS office.

You are located in: US

“We welcome and encourage comments on this site. There may be some instances where comments will need to be edited or removed, such as:

If you have any questions on the commenting policy, please let us know at heretoserve@globalleadership.org”

Select your location

Select your location