Leaders do not have to be fearless. In fact, personal experience with anxiety and vulnerability is important to developing a sense of empathy and connection to the experiences of others.
A common public speaking fear is being able to deal with unexpected situations on the spot. Through practice and familiarity, these activities help you anticipate and become accustomed to the scenarios that scare you.
Facing the fear of public speaking shouldn’t only be up to the speaker — the audience has an essential role to play in making situations less nerve-wracking in the first place.