Passion, communication, and empowerment all contribute to successful leadership but without confidence there is no sound basis from which to lead.
The ability to make good decisions quickly is fundamental to leadership. But if you are diffident and afraid to make, and commit to, decisions, skills in communication and empowerment will not make up the difference.
I’m afraid leaders cannot get away with "well, maybe but I'm not really sure”!
Those lacking in confidence often agonize over decisions and end up making the safe choice. Confident leaders take the information that they have and then take action.
Not only does confidence allow you to make the tough decisions that people expect from a good leader but confidence is reassuring to those following. It allows you to lead with authority and to accept constructive criticism and open communication.
Think about it, as a leader, how well you deliver speeches and presentations? If you deliver with confidence, you inspire your hearers be they your team or potential clients. But the same material delivered with doubt has the opposite effect
How confident are you delivering a presentation that sets the direction for the organization in the future? Will people rally behind you in these difficult times or will they be frightened by your lack of certainty? This is the difference between a confident leader and one who going through the motions!
All kinds of factors contribute to a lack of confidence; some of them may go back to your childhood. Luckily confidence is something that you can work on with a business or career coach and the results are usually very successful.
Any discussion on leadership without first addressing the confidence of the leader really will not be soundly based. Passion is important but no one will follow you with passion unless you first inspire them with your confidence
Wendy Mason works as a Coach, Consultant and Blogger. She works with all kinds of people going through many different kinds of personal and career change, particularly those wanting to increase their confidence.You can contact Wendy at email@example.com or ring ++44 (0)2084610114
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