3 Steps to Becoming a Confident Leader

No matter how confident and successful the leader, they occasionally doubt themselves.  Have you ever thought:

• I did the wrong thing

• I shouldn’t say anything

• They’re going to disagree with me

If you have, you are not alone. Those doubts often creep in when you start worrying about the worst possible outcome.  It is important to remember that confidence comes from caring enough to make tough decisions and being cognizant of what the various outcomes could be – but letting go of the worries.

To build and reinforce your confidence when you are worried, here are 3 simple things to do:

 Listen to yourself

Trust yourself enough to act on not only what you feel, but what you know. By the time you are ready to make a big decision, you have done the research, weighed the pros and cons, and investigated the various outcomes.

Analyze your thoughts

Think about if any of your doubts are even true – or likely to happen.  If you worry about speaking up or trying out an entire new way of doing something, how likely is your message or new process going to be rejected?

Confirm your expectations

Put a plan in place around what you are going to say and how you are going to handle the situation when it comes time to make the big decision.  Once you are mentally prepared, you will be able to handle whatever comes up with confidence.

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