In the previous chapter, we’ve analyse what self-confidence entails and how it can negatively impact the employees and the overall performance in organization. Marielena Sabatier; CEO, Inspiring Potential discuss the following on how leader can develop self-confidence.
Develop Greater Self-awareness: This enable leader to identify and understand their strengths and weaknesses in a balanced way. Recognising weaknesses or areas of development in a constructive manner helps you to improve them and to see them as challenges rather than obstacles. You can overcome this by engaging an executive coach who can help to do this within a safe, but challenging environment.
Manage Inner Dialogue: Most time people are excessively critical of their weakness with the intention of improving and motivating themselves to be better. Regrettably this sometimes erodes all confidence. It is important that when you experience negative self-talk, you have to recognise it as such, stop it and become more constructive. For instance, you may make a mistake, and rebuke yourself for being stupid. However, such negative self-talk won’t help you. Instead, you must take responsibility for the mistake; work on it to make sure you turn it positively in the future. In doing this, you are determine not to let such happens in the future “I was careless in this situation and in future I will pay more attention and learn from this”. In essence, you should be kinder to yourself in time of mistakes.
Don’t Be Afraid To Fail: Many entrepreneurs have failed during their working lives and gone on to achieve great things. Richard Brandon started almost a hundred companies in his career many of which failed, however, people only remember his successful companies.
Fear of failure often stops people from doing things. One way people can tackle this head on is by choosing to do one thing each month that they fear and tackling it, such as making a presentation to a group of people, or attending a networking event alone.
Ask For Feedback: Requesting feedback shows a huge amount of courage but it can really help people see their blind spots. When receiving feedback, it’s important to be open and not defensive about it.
Find A Mentor: A mentor can often provide leaders with guidance, unbiased support and challenge. The key is to find someone who is balanced and provides constructive feedback. A leader may wish to choose a mentor who knows them sufficiently to identify their key strengths; this will then enable the leader to apply those key strengths in their day to day work.
BENEFITS OF LEADERS THAT EXHIBIT CONFIDENCE
Peter Barron Stark in his work “the role confidence Plays in Leadership” highlighted the following benefits;
They Are Happy: They feel positive about their ability to lead people and deal with daily challenges. They have a “can do” attitude about whatever comes their way. Their team members appreciate working with an upbeat leader who holds a positive vision.
Have Better Relationships: They enter into positive, productive relationships. They feel good about themselves, treat others well and in turn, are treated well by others.
Are Motivated And Ambitious: They set goals and are motivated to accomplish them. They believe that the work they do is important and makes a difference in the company or even the world.
Laugh More: They can see the humour, even in challenging situations, and have the ability to put things into perspective. They also laugh sooner and more often.
They Are Open To Risks: Or at least calculated risks. They confidently forge into the unknown and learn from their mistakes. They are not safely mired on the sidelines, but in the thick of the play.
Recognise Success: Not only do they look for opportunities to genuinely recognise the success of others, they are also able to openly receive compliments, never discounting the sender by saying, “I was just doing my job.”
Accept Feedback: They welcome feedback from others and put their ideas into action. Because of their receptivity, people keep coming to them with feedback and ideas for improvement, helping the leader continue to grow and develop.
Think for themselves: They have a deep sense of their core values: what is right and wrong, and although open to feedback from others, confidently form their own opinion or pick their own course of action. They are easy to follow, because their words and actions are in alignment and consistent.
It is clear to us that we can improve self confidence through various means like;self-awareness,manage inner dialogue and so many more. from the above discussion, we are aware it is not everyone that are born with self confidence, it is something we can learn on our own.In our next series, we shall discuss the importance of a caring leader to the organisation. Your opinion and feedback is appreciated on the comment column. Do you like the piece? It’s always good to share.