Best of Series: Becoming a Fearless Leader with Carey Lohrenz

In this exciting episode, you’ll hear how aviation pioneer Carey D. Lohrenz learned what Fearless Leadership means in two of the most demanding and extreme environments imaginable: the cockpit of an F-14 and the flight deck of an aircraft carrier. Through her experiences, Lohrenz identified a fundamental truth: high performing teams require fearless leaders.

“Fearless leadership isn’t about not feeling fear. It’s having the ability to feel uncomfortable and to move through it and show up to be the best you can be,” explains Lohrenz. Hear her describe the fundamentals of Fearless Leadership:

  • Courage: If you cultivate courage in yourself, you’ll have what it takes to see limitless possibilities for yourself as a leader.
  • Tenacity: Embracing the persistence it takes to keep going after a goal—even when it becomes difficult or risky—and continuing to take action.
  • Integrity: Do the right thing, be honest, be trustworthy, and lead by example.

Lohrenz also describes how to put Fearless Leadership into action by first setting a clear vision, then being the catalyst for moving your team toward that vision by creating the culture to support it. She also illustrates the importance of being resilient as a leader and describes the seven steps you can take to become more resilient:

  • Reject victimhood
  • Embrace change
  • Focus on what matters
  • Find a wingman
  • Know what you can control
  • Learn from adversity
  • Take action

“Above all, Fearless Leadership is the difference between having the life, team, culture, and organization that you want, and settling,” says Lohrenz.

So risk more, worry less, and take action—because bold, fearless action drives success.

For more information about Carey Lohrenz, visit

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Chad Gordon

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