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…
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.
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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