11 Practical Ways to Be More Confident as a Leader

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Confidence is a state of being clear-headed. Confidence is vital for leaders to accomplish high goals and take risks. Confident leaders tend to deal directly and immediately with conflicts and problems, rather than ignoring, procrastinating or passing problems to others. Leadership involves influencing others, and self-confidence allows the leader to feel assured that his or her attempts to control and make decisions are right and appropriate.

Generally, when a leader displays confidence, it makes it more comfortable to trust that leader, and people want to work with leaders they really trust. So, let’s answer the long asked question – how to build confidence as a leader? The 11 point guide below will help you. 

  1. Whenever you feel a little down, watch reruns of movies that make you feel happy and grateful about your life.
  2. Music with some toe-tapping, heart-thumping rhythm can immediately fill you with energy.
  3. Talk to friends and family when your self-esteem is low – they are your biggest supporters and sympathizers. They will point to you your positive and solid aspects. Focus on your characteristics and work tirelessly to rebuild your self-confidence.
  4. Try to be authentic. Do not copy others – their looks, their ideas or their value system. The more original you are, the better respected you will be, boosting your self-esteem.
  5. Life is not a race meant to decide a winner and a loser. Compare your achievements with your own in the past and not others. Your self-confidence depends on your needs and abilities.
  6. While speaking, make eye contact with others. Even when you made a mistake, learn to speak equally assertively.
  7. Do not let a situation control you. Believe in your ability to bring about changes in the situation and behave accordingly.
  8. Just as you would not want others to be critical of you, you should also learn not to be overly critical of others. Your success is not measured by the failures or the mistakes of others, and your confidence will be seen in the measured way you react to the failures of others. Be constructive and carry them with you to collectively achieve success.
  9. Being self-confident is being open about everything in life. You need not be afraid of any secrets affecting your status.
  10. Focus on solutions rather than your problems. You have a weight problem – instead of worrying about it, see what small steps you can take towards finding a solution for it.
  11. Finish something that you have been putting off for a long time, however hard it may be – perhaps a phone call to a family member you are angry with or just cleaning the attic. Finishing these up will give you a sense of fulfillment.

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