Becoming a Better Leader Lesson 3: Confidence

David Vigliotti, Vice President
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Confidence can be described as the ability to be certain about your knowledge and competencies. Displaying confidence is an integral part of being a leader. Having confidence shows you think positively about the future and are willing to take risks to achieve personal and company goals. Fortunately, confidence is something you can improve on each day.

Here are six ways to become a better leader by developing confidence.

Take Risks

Focus on taking calculated risks. Push yourself outside your comfort zone. Work to realize your full potential. Show courage when moving into unknown areas. Find new or better ways of doing things or meeting customer and client needs. Delivering results increases confidence and your professional reputation. Innovation keeps your company competitive.

Resolve Issues

Find solutions to problems as quickly as possible. Deal with conflicts as they arise, so they remain manageable. Encourage open communication among everyone involved. Seek ways to facilitate conversation toward desirable results. Take time to assess the situation and appropriate solutions.

Address Doubt

Work on eliminating doubt about your capabilities. Identify your sources of doubt so you can resolve them. Turn your doubt into confidence by focusing on what you know, what you excel at doing, and why you’re great at it. Avoid comparing yourself to other leaders.

Learn from Mistakes

Gain insight from making mistakes. Minimize the fallout as much as possible. Find out what went wrong and how you can improve. Make changes to attain desired results. Implement what you learn into future projects.

Gain Support

Surround yourself with supportive people. Add to your group people who encourage you to push your limits. Enhance your connections through regular contact. Turn to your support group during challenging times.  

Show Pride

Display pride in yourself. Recognize and appreciate your skills, abilities, and accomplishments. Focus on the goals you’re working on attaining. Take pride in what you do well. Express yourself through your strengths.

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