One of the problems Hosni Mubarak suffered from during his last years as president was that he let himself be held captive by security and his guards. His security team transformed from a team that aims to protect him into a team restraining him and the president thus became hostage. So, he lived in isolation and while he could see what was going on around him, he became detached from reality. In brief, the president became prisoner of security fears as his own guards turned into jailers wearing kid gloves.
A leader’s worst problem is allowing himself to give in to his security fears. In this case, he closes in on himself and becomes overly concerned for his security without realizing the repercussions. This would make things extremely easy for the guards as they would thus provide the official’s safety by preventing him from moving from one place to another or by at least restraining this activity.
A leader’s worst problem is allowing himself to give in to his security fearsAbdel Latif el-Menawy