In the world of being productive, a leader is not absent of fear — or even fearless — but courageous. The definition of courage is having fear but taking action anyway — in the presence of that fear.
Understandably, for some, being the key decision-maker can be lonely. As part of management or leadership, there will be many things and plenty of instances you will not be able to share with the rest of your team, as well as decisions you will have to make on your own.
It can feel lonely, but you’re not alone. In these cases, there are both resources and networks that offer support. For example, joining a leadership forum or association can help. These type resources offer you a space where others in leadership and senior management can share likeminded issues and solutions that come up as part of your roles. Some companies have internal manager groups in which you can participate.
There are other executives that prefer the more private, individualized and one-on-one approach of having an executive or leadership development coach. Within a coaching engagement setting, coaches are able to guide and assist their clients with enhancing and growing their management approach and techniques. The results are in providing greater comfort and ease in their operating leadership style. Other times, you are able to address existing challenges and issues so that you can talk through your process and approach to a viable solution; then create a new tool that you can repeat and use in future situations.
In short, resources are available. It’s a matter of researching and seeing what works best for you.