Posted on 09 February 2016
I was delighted to be asked to speak this week to a group of business coaches and mentors about how a range of personal fears can hold business leaders back from reaching their full potential, both personally and professionally.
Business leaders are an interesting, almost contradictory group because the aspects of their personality that can motivate and drive them to be highly successful can also be the things that limit them and hold them back.
Harvard Business Review reported that 40% of all CEOs will fail in the first 18 months in the role. Not because of lack of knowledge or incompetence but personal characteristics such as pride and ego.
Issues such as a fear of failure or rejection, lack of internal confidence or a concern about being judged by others can manifest in a range of behaviours. From high levels of self doubt through to procrastination when decision making and inappropriately defensive or angry responses when dealing with conflict. A high fear of failure for example can be paralysing, but if that fear of failure is at a lower and appropriate level for the individual, than it can actually become a motivating force.
Using Cognitive Hypnotherapy, I work with experienced and newly appointed business leaders to clearly identify and respond to the actual root causes of issues. This delivers fast, long lasting and effective changes, allowing business leaders to be free to reach their full potential.
Author: Fiona Nicolson is a practising and professionally qualified Cognitive Hypnotherapist with clinics in Harley Street, London and Henley on Thames. She is a member of the CNHC and a Senior Associate of The Royal College of Medicine. She is a published author on the topics of anxiety and trauma and features frequently on BBC Radio.
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