- Embarrassment. This is a status blow to many leaders. They'd be wise to learn how to laugh at themselves. Their employees, however, are equally wise to avoid any situations that may embarrass the leader.
- Surprises. These are rarely good and are therefore unwelcome. Any surprise calls into question how much the leader knows.
- Disloyalty. Most leaders fear disloyal acts. The truly paranoid also fear disloyal thoughts.
- Encroachment. Even the best leaders will reserve some responsibilities and territory for themselves. When subordinates jump the chain of command, this fear may be enhanced.
All of these are forms of a loss of control. Leaders are reassured with information, deference, loyalty, and competence. Unfortunately, for many the last item is the lowest priority.