7 Simple Ways Leaders Gain Exceptional Self-Confidence

Richard Brody June 23, 2015 7
7 Simple Ways Leaders Gain Exceptional Self-Confidence

There is perhaps nothing as potentially destructive to quality and effective leadership as when those individuals possess significant self-doubts about their abilities, judgments, etc.

While it may be somewhat simplistic, as well as obvious to say so, I have observed, over and over again, in my over three decades of identifying, qualifying, developing, training and consulting to well over a thousand actual and/or potential leaders, that it occurs constantly, and is nearly always somewhat disastrous, at the very least.

It is for that reason that I fully believe that building up the actual confidence in realistic terms, is an important component of enhancing the quality and effectiveness of these individuals. Here are 7 Ways leaders can gain (or enhance) that needed self-confidence…

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1. Train/learn/develop

How can anyone expect to be the best possible leader unless he does all he can to know, understand, and be aware of more relevant information. This training must transform to quality learning, and then drive one forward to better consider, use enhance judgment, and develop a higher degree of usable knowledge.

2. Lots of varied experience

Remember that merely having done something does not equate to quality experience, unless you use a combination of experiences to better understand more aspects, prepare and plan better, be ready for contingencies, to create a high degree of personal, relevant, usable expertise.

3. Details-oriented

While one must avoid getting stuck in minutia or overly micromanaging, a great leader is the one who understands all that is necessary to make the best decision or judgement.

4. Have goals/ priorities

Avoid aimless leadership, because unless you focus on needs, goals, etc., you will never really be leading anyone or anything. Better focus makes you more prepared and ready, which nearly always makes you feel far more confident about both your abilities as well as your decisions.

5. Effectively listen

Don’t merely hear and proceed, but become an effective listener. This will make you more empathetic, and better able to address constituents and others stakeholders needs, priorities and concerns.

6. Consider alternative

Don’t become a My Way or the Highway leader! No one individual, no matter how skilled and ready, knows it all! In addition, times, scenarios, conditions, etc. continuously change, and groups must evolve if it hopes to be relevant, and thus, sustainable.

7. Make a decision/take timely action

If you want to lead, then begin leading! It takes decisive, insightful, perceptive decision-making, if you want to achieve. So, do it!

How can you expect to lead if you lack faith in yourself, but how can you believe in your abilities, if you don’t do all you can, to become better and more expert? Let these 7 Ways help you gain the necessary self-confidence.

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    James Bon Thai June 24, 2015 at 2:27 am - Reply

    It is so useful and great concept with soft regards from James.

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    Geoff Smith June 24, 2015 at 5:31 am - Reply

    My response is going to be a little longer than it should, simply because I have not yet trained myself to get the truth out there concisely.

    The above article can be seen to be valuable simply from the seven points made. I don’t need to read all of the input, others would have already done that – any mistakes in the presentation have already been weeded out.

    Look at the six quotations of mine in this page of my brand new blog. Follow me as I may make changes to these in the future. If you are able to live by these quotes you will go a long way.


    Above this post I noticed an article by Tony Robbins – it would be great if this could be left in a similar position for future readers. I say this because it has become apparent to me, even within the very short time that I have been able to assess the worth of twitter, that there are some unfortunate characters still hanging around.

    As far as I am concerned, there are only two types of people using twitter, winners and losers. Personally I have no dealings whatsoever with the losers. They don’t interest me. If you insist on retaining contact with them. Be Aware.

    As for the winners, typically they may have a list of posts containing inspirational material. One such winner I have come across is Alex Hamm. Don’t know him ? Find him.

    Finally, align yourself with the winners and march into the future with a positive outlook.

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    Francesca walker June 24, 2015 at 7:34 pm - Reply

    that is/was a good read for leaders I’m sure.

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      Geoff Smith June 24, 2015 at 10:31 pm - Reply

      Hi Francesca,

      The point I was trying to make (and probably didn’t) was that an assessment of the article can also be made, purely by looking at the quality of the sub-headings.

      These sub-headings were able to convey to me that the author knew exactly what he was talking about.

      I apologize for drifting off the topic however this is typical of me, when I sense I can provide extra information that hopefully is to the reader’s advantage.

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    Daniel June 25, 2015 at 1:33 am - Reply

    It’s always good to be opened minded; always strive to learn more and more. Loved every word this article had to offer


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    Sherri June 25, 2015 at 4:58 pm - Reply

    Great article thank you for sharing this article and summarizing exactly what I have been doing to! Appreciate this!

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    Annette June 26, 2015 at 10:43 pm - Reply

    Good points, really useful. Nothing works if you doubt yourself.

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