415: 7 Steps – How to Handle Fear as a Leader? – Ask Denis

Fear is a natural human emotion. And as a leader, it’s essential to acknowledge and learn how to manage it. 

In this episode, Denis discusses the vital topic of fear as a leader and how to handle it. With the pandemic causing increased fear and uncertainty, leaders need to stay proactive and embrace change to stay ahead of the curve. He talks about recognizing fear and using it as a force for growth and success. This conversation dives into seven steps for managing fear as a leader: acknowledging fear, focusing on what you can control, understanding that failure can be an opportunity for growth, cultivating mental agility, developing resilience, learning from mistakes, and building a supportive community around oneself. Tune in to this inspiring discussion on leading confidently through managing fear effectively.

In this episode: 

  • Acknowledge your fear
  • Identify the source of your fear
  • Take massive action
  • Practice self-care
  • Surround yourself with supportive people
  • Learn from your experiences
  • Breathe, stay calm, and be in control

Main takeaways:

  • Fear is sometimes false evidence appearing real
  • Leaders need to be proactive in their approach to change and continuously look for ways to innovate and evolve
  • Embrace change
  • Look for ways to innovate and evolve


“Fear makes people do interesting things. Sometimes people can be paralyzed, like the deer in the headlights of a car. If they are paralyzed, they don’t make decisions. They don’t know what to do.” – Denis Gianoutsos

“It’s okay to acknowledge fear, but it’s not okay to do nothing about it.” – Denis Gianoutsos

“Fear is a natural human emotion. And as a leader, it’s important to acknowledge and learn how to manage it.” – Denis Gianoutsos

Connect with Denis: 

Email: denis@leadingchangepartners.com

Website: http://www.leadingchangepartners.com/

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