How Fear of Judgment Holds Leaders Back from Achieving Their Full Potential

Author’s note: I coach a lot of executives and I’ve noticed only one key skill that differentiates the best performers from the good performers: how they deal with other people’s judgment. In my latest article for the International Coaching Federation magazine Coaching World, I explore how fear of judgment holds leaders back from achieving their full potential.


Jeff Bezos has overseen billions of dollars spent on failed innovation attempts at Amazon. Marc Benioff donates 1% of Salesforce’s equity, employee time or product back into the community every year.  Elon Musk founded SpaceX, a space exploration company with the goal of colonizing Mars.

If these moves seem risky, that’s because they are! Yet that kind of daring is precisely the launchpad needed for the innovations that prove groundbreaking and make modern companies successful. In contrast with the Jack Welch-style efficiency experts who were hailed as heroes in the 1990s, exceptional leaders in the 21st century follow a different trend…

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