Summary of The Fearless Executive

Finding the Courage to Trust Your Talents and Be the Leader You Are Meant to Be

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The Fearless Executive book summary
You have nothing to fear but fear itself (and the bad career moves it can cause you to make).


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4 Applicability

3 Innovation

8 Style


To help you become a better leader as an executive, Alan Downs teaches you how to get through your fears and trust your own talents. He focuses on how to gain the confidence to be yourself. After that, your goal should be to bring passion to whatever you do. While many of these ideas will be familiar to readers of self-help literature, Downs does a good job of adding a unique spin with his examples of classic and present-day stories that illustrate long-held fears. He organizes his material in an effective, easy-to-read way and suggests that overcoming fears is only a step on the road to self-confidence. This leaves the reader with plenty to chew on, marking this book as a better than average self-help guide and earning it a recommendation in this category from getAbstract

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to find the courage to believe in yourself as a leader
  • How fear can paralyze you
  • How to recognize the difference between fear and legitimate danger


Silencing the Dark Adviser
The formula for reaching the highest level of success as an executive is clear: "Trust your talents. Follow your passion. Silence the fear."

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About the Author

Alan Downs is a management psychologist, author and executive coach. He has written for numerous magazines and newspapers and is the author of several books on management, including Beyond the Looking Glass and Seven Miracles of Management

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