Fear of Failure and Other Leadership Gremlins

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The Leader's Digest - by Suzi McAlpine, Executive Coach

I read to my five year old most nights.

We are slowly working our way through the various fairy tales in her bookshelf, but one of her all-time favourites (and one I am ordered to read over and over and over again) is a book which is (somewhat alarmingly) called The Snot Goblin.

It’s about a little dude of a gremlin who lives under the bed. He wreaks all manner of havoc – but in a sort of likeable, anti-social way which we can all identify with. This in turn makes him quite endearing, despite his naughtiness.

Gremlins aren’t just confined to story books.

Leadership has its fair share of gremlins.  Did you know the word gremlin is supposedly derived from the Old English word gremian, “to vex”*?   And boy, is bad leadership in action certainly vexing!

Here are the 5 main leadership gremlins to be aware of:

1. The ‘Fear of Failure’ gremlin.

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