Getting one's people to step up and speak up about the real issues is a persistent challenge for many top teams. And, the stakes are high. Innovation, business growth, and executive productivity all suffer when people below a top team fear to offer their ideas and challenge the status quo. But, is the fear real, just avoidance of responsibility OR both? "Nice" leaders can get sucked into over-blaming themselves...and their default response can actually create the very fear they're trying to remove.