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Calm leadership: Dealing with the paranoia of leadership

'Everyone is out to get me!’ At times, the trials of leadership can bring with them feelings of paranoia. Continuing his series on calm leadership, Patrick Cozier advises us on how we can respond to and manage these feelings

As Woody Allen has said: “Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t out to get you.”

This quote has resonated with me all the way through my leadership journey. For me, it is the fundamental issue about feeling paranoid – that sense of not knowing what is a genuine threat and what is not.

A quick disclaimer: I want to emphasise in this article that we are not discussing the medically diagnosed mental health condition, but the more common association of the word.

The definition of paranoia is: “The belief that you are being endangered in some way, such as by someone monitoring you or acting against you, despite the absence of evidence to support this belief. It happens to a lot of individuals at some time in their lives.”

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