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How can you lead when you don't feel like a strong leader?

Leaders come in all shapes and sizes. Contrary to popular belief, leaders aren't always fearless or even strong in the face of difficulties. As a leader, you can probably relate to the feeling of not knowing what decision to make or what action to take at some point in your career. To lead even when you don't feel like a particularly great leader, follow these three pieces of advice:

1. Learn from those who came before you
Even the most impactful leaders in the world had to learn from someone they admired, so why should you feel like you shouldn't? When you experience challenging times or uncertainty, you should turn to your peers, leadership books, and expert advice to stay on track for success. 

2. Remember that you're not alone
While you might be the only one on top of your department or office, that doesn't mean you have to be alone. Leadership is a huge responsibility. Therefore, it doesn't make you any less of a leader if you turn to others for support or admit when you're afraid. Form a solid support system at home and at work so you don't undergo your troubles single-handedly. 

3. Overcome your fears and challenge your weaknesses  
Are you afraid of an upcoming merger? Maybe you are a hesitant leader who finds it difficult to make hard decisions? It may feel impossible to lead in these situations, but a large part of being a great leader is overcoming your fears and not letting their weaknesses overshadow your strengths. Don't let this fear control you and keep you from becoming the leader you were meant to become. 

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