Kim Campbell – Author of “Flying in the Face of Fear: A Fighter Pilot’s Lessons on Leading with Courage”

Soaring High with Kim Campbell: A Maverick’s Tale of Leading with Courage

Mike interviews Kim Campbell.

Today’s episode is about reaching new heights and conquering fears as we delve into the remarkable conversation with the unstoppable Kim Campbell. Buckle up because we’re about to take a thrilling journey into the world of a fighter pilot and explore the valuable leadership lessons from her book, “Flying in the Face of Fear: A Fighter Pilot’s Lessons on Leading with Courage.”


In this power-packed episode, Kim Campbell engages in a conversation that’s nothing short of a roller-coaster ride. Picture Maverick and Goose from Top Gun, but this time, Maverick is Kim Campbell, a real-life fighter pilot with an incredible story.

One key takeaway from the discussion is the delicate balance between decisiveness and seeking input. Campbell emphasizes the importance of trusting your instincts and making confident decisions, especially in high-pressure situations. However, she also highlights the value of seeking input from team members and subject matter experts. It’s a dance between trusting your gut and tapping into the collective wisdom of your team.

Throwing a curveball by probing into the challenge of setting priorities, Campbell draws a parallel to her flying experience, emphasizing the need to focus on what’s most critical and controllable. She coins the term “aviate” as a reminder to keep control of the airplane – a metaphor for staying focused on the essentials in business and life.

As Campbell eloquently puts it, leaders must have the courage to delegate, acknowledging that micromanaging can hinder growth. She shares insights into trusting your team, allowing them to make mistakes, and fostering an environment of continuous improvement – a valuable lesson for leaders at any level.

Impostor syndrome is a dragon many leaders must slay, and Campbell offers a practical solution – put in the work. You build competence by consistently preparing, planning, and honing your skills, which naturally leads to increased confidence. It’s a powerful antidote to the self-doubt plaguing even the most accomplished leaders.

The conversation takes a thrilling turn as Campbell dives into the psyche of a fighter pilot moments before a mission. She shares that it combines prayers, checklists, and self-talk. The key is being ready to execute the plan while remaining flexible enough to adapt to unforeseen challenges. It’s a riveting glimpse into the mental preparation required to handle high-stakes situations.

Mike Fallat and Kim Campbell talk about the book Flying in the Face of Fear: A Fighter Pilot’s Lessons on Leading with Courage.

Repetition is a theme that resonates throughout the episode. Campbell emphasizes the importance of consistent practice, drawing parallels between fighter pilot training and leadership development. Whether practicing in a simulator or honing your leadership skills through consistent effort, the message is clear – the more reps, the better you get.

Kim Campbell shares her favourite leadership books as we wrap up this adrenaline-fueled episode. “Dare to Lead” by Brene Brown and Admiral McRaven’s “Wisdom of the Bullfrog” make the cut. Both books offer valuable insights into fear, courage, and leadership, providing an excellent roadmap for leaders looking to up their game.

Through her website, LinkedIn, Instagram, or Twitter, Campbell encourages readers to ask questions or continue the conversation about leadership, courage, and fear. And there you have it, Mavericks! A thrilling recap of the conversation with the fearless Kim Campbell, where the skies are the limit, and leadership lessons soar to new heights. As we wrap up this episode, remember that it’s not just about flying; it’s about flying in fear and leading with unwavering courage.

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About Mike Fallat

Mike Fallat, aka The BookMan, is the owner of Dreamstarters Publishing and the Million Dollar Book Agency. They have helped 300+ entrepreneurs become bestselling authors. His goal is to help 1,000 entrepreneurs publish books and teach them how to use their books as a gateway to generating 7-figures.

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