Never Accept Fear Over Faith

Santo J. Costa discusses the need to face our fears in “Never Accept Fear Over Faith”

It is essential in leadership to always avoid accepting fear over faith. Fear can completely disable us if we allow it to. Yet, the best leaders are capable of facing fearful situations without being overwhelmed. What distinguishes these individuals is often that they have the will power to try to understand the facts behind their fears. Fear often evaporates when facts enter the scene. The facts may not be what you wanted to hear, for example if we get a bad diagnosis from a doctor. Nonetheless, knowing the facts allows us to deal with the situation in the best way we are able. Simply knowing that we are doing all we can alleviates our fear. Moreover, we have a tendency to assume the worst possible scenario. This paranoia of ours is the reason why the Hindus call the space inside of our skull “the cave of phantoms.” Having the courage to face the facts is therefore often a cause of great relief.
Sandy Costa’s professional experience includes over 30 years in executive and senior operating management positions within the pharmaceutical, health care and life sciences industries. In addition to his legal practice, Sandy’s experience includes President, Chief Operating Officer and Vice Chairman of Quintiles Transnational Corp. where during his tenure he had responsibility for all operating divisions and worldwide business development. Other executive level experience includes Senior Vice President-Administration, General Counsel and Director, Glaxo Inc.; and U.S. Area Counsel for Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals.
Sandy is a nationally recognized speaker on leadership, as well as legal and policy issues affecting the pharmaceutical industry.