“As a leader, one of the things that’s most important is to know your team needs to see you as confident.” — Steve Kerr, Golden State Warriors coach
There’s no wonder why confidence is highly sought after in today’s business world. Although confidence can mean different things to different people–self-belief, preparedness, taking ownership of your unique quirks and personality traits–having an ample supply of it generally leads to some very good outcomes: increased self-esteem, positive thinking, and success.
Sometimes huge success.
But building confidence may take some work on your part. To gain it, you may have to go through much trial and error, a shift in perspective, and a multitude of experiences. In the big picture, all this is a small price to pay for a potentially tremendous payoff.
Here are some particularly powerful confidence hacks according to some very successful entrepreneurs, leaders, and experts.
1. Love your full name.
Susie Moore is a is a former Silicon Valley sales director turned life coach and advice columnist who writes about confidence. Says Susie,
The first female CEO I ever worked for taught me something that I’ve never forgotten. When you introduce yourself–in any setting–use your first name and last name to accompany your (firm) handshake. It’s not “Hey, I’m Susie.” it’s “Hi, I’m Susie Moore.” Don’t be afraid to introduce yourself in full.
As Susie explains, “Trust me on this one. It’ll feel weird at first, but it’s assertive and empowering. You’ll start noticing people standing straighter for you.”
2. Have a strong command over getting things done.
“The best way to feel confident at work is to feel like you’re in complete control of your tasks and deliverables,” explains author and confidence expert Dave Bowden. Stay on top of your responsibilities and get highly organized, because doing so removes anxiety and replaces it with confidence.
3. Go inward for the answers.
External motivation is not what’s best for you, according to digital marketing expert and serial entrepreneur Syed Irfan Ajmal:
What I’ve learned through my own struggle is that you can’t expect others to understand what’s right for you. Don’t seek permission. Don’t seek appreciation. If your heart is telling you something, it’s probably right.
4. Figure out who you admire.
Helene Lerner, author and founder of WomenWorking.com, says it would do you well to pick a leader you admire. What are the qualities that this person has that you already possess? And which of their qualities do you hope to build and develop for yourself? A role model provides us with a guiding light when it comes to building confidence.
5. Remember how valuable you are.
Luxury fashion designer Misha Kaura’s advice? “The best tip I have for being confident professionally is knowing your own worth,” she says. Move forward knowing your worth and you’ll see yourself giving more firm handshakes, improving your posture, and getting the credit you deserve.
The closer you are to building confidence in yourself, the better of a leader you will become. As entrepreneur Francisco Dao says,
Self-confidence is the fundamental basis from which leadership grows. Trying to teach leadership without first building confidence is like building a house on a foundation of sand. It may have a nice coat of paint, but it is ultimately shaky at best.
And I’ll take a sturdy, confident house any day over one that has a nice coat of paint.
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