Leaders are called to be many things. Leaders need to be brave. Leaders need to be honest. Leaders need to be innovative.
But one thing leaders cannot do is to let fear rule their decisions.
When fearful leaders rule, bad things begin to happen.
I’ve been trying to catch up on the TV series 24 with Keifer Sutherland as Jack Bauer. He’s one bad dude you don’t want to mess with.
In 24, you rarely see him come across as fearful. The further I’ve watched 24 (I’m on season 5 or 6 right now), the more clear it’s become about the role fear should play in leadership.
You’ll see multiple presidents come and go on the show. Currently, there’s President Logan running the nation.
He’s a man who’s ruled by fear. President Logan fears: