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Let's face it, leadership can be scary. If you are in a management position you are likely responsible for a laundry list of things within the office. The oversight of your staff, overarching business goals, day-to-day leadership, company communication, etc. – it is not an easy position. Yet the work itself can be extremely rewarding and we are willing to bet that if you have made it to a high-level position than you are not only passionate about your work, but also extremely good at it! It would be a shame to let fear get in the way of your leadership potential. 

While leaders are often pegged as brave and trail-blazing, there is always some fear involved in making big decisions. Yet management heads are expected to put on a brave face for their company. It is a classic dilemma that every leader will face at some point in his or her career.

But what are the most common fears leaders face on a day-to-day basis? And how should they go about overcoming them? We've compiled a list of four of the most common stressors and some key fear management skills to help combat the pressure: 

"The more you practice a skill, the less daunting it will become."

1. Speaking: This may seem like a strange fear for the leader of a company but Forbes contributor Brent Gleeson reported that this leads the board in surveys across the globe for highest-ranking leadership stressors. This fear can create some hefty problems for leaders as one of their main responsibilities lies in addressing their company as a team. A presenter that is visually nervous and shaking will not instill a sense of confidence in his or her leadership or even their singular message. Gleeson suggested jumping into as many public speaking opportunities as possible. The more you practice the skill, the less daunting the task will become. When it comes to public speaking, ripping off the band-aid and facing your fears may be the best solution.

2. Failure: Who doesn't fear failure to some degree? Whether it be day-to-day failures or total failure, this is an understandable concern for any person in charge of a company. If your business fails, then you and your whole staff are out of a job and a whole lot of money (no pressure). This is a very common issue for leaders across the board. Sometimes the fear of failure can even be crippling – causing people to second guess decisions and make strange mistakes. However, failure can be very useful, explained Entrepreneur contributor Anna Johansson. Some would even peg it as an important step in your leadership journey. Making mistakes allows you and your company to learn and grow. Embrace the little errors that you make along the way but, most importantly, remember not to make them again. If you look at failure as a learning tool instead of the nail in your professional coffin, the idea of taking a couple missteps becomes a lot less scary.

"Making mistakes allows you and your company to learn and grow."

3. Decision-making: As a leader you're bestowed with the personal power to make very important decisions on the behalf of everyone in your company. Decision-making is a key process in leadership. According to Gleeson, something called 'analysis paralysis' often occurs in leaders who fear making decisions. Know when you have (and need) the time to go over a decisions meticulously versus when you need to make a split-second choice. Both skills are crucial to success. Decisions should not be something you fear as a business leader, and, like public speaking, practice makes perfect. Create a protocol for coming to conclusions and follow that pattern every time you are presented with options. Preparation is key to assuage your fears.

4. Criticism: You can't please everyone, and as a leader you will absolutely make decisions that people don't like. There is no cookie-cutter approach to leadership, explained Johansson. Everyone has their own style when it comes to management – that's what makes change possible. It is also a basic human instinct to want people to like you. That is why fear of criticism is so common among leaders. However, you should have enough confidence in your approach to know that the end goal will eventually be able to support your technique. At the end of the day, everyone wants the company to thrive. If your approaches help reach this end goal, there should be no problem. Have enough conviction in yourself to silence your fear of criticism. Who knows? Your strong conviction in your own leadership might influence confidence in others.