“It’s hard to lead a cavalry charge if you think you look funny on a horse.”
― Adlai E. Stevenson II
Going somewhere that others fear going requires courage, confidence, commitment, and candor. Leaders that do not have these four virtues find it difficult to lead people in unchartered waters. Exceptional leaders who exhibit these four virtues have the ‘stuff’ that makes others trust them in unknown territories.
But of all of these confidence is the most necessary when you expect others to ‘go boldly where no man has gone before.’ Confidence in one’s abilities to achieve is a must. When a leader has low self-esteem, followers can sense it and will not follow. Thus, a leader must develop confidence by engaging in a personal growth strategy that ensures confidence is built. Without confidence, a leader will falter in the face of challenge.
How you perceive yourself as a person, a leader is vital to your success. The only way to enhance your self-confidence is to challenge yourself to be, do, and act in ways unfamiliar to your nature. With every success, your confidence grows; with every failure, your experience grows. You learn the many talents and gifts that lie hidden in your being through experience and training. So as a leader, build your self-confidence so that others will sense it and follow you into unchartered waters. The best way to do this is to have a coach who will challenge you and hold you accountable. That’s what I do and I believe that I have what it takes to help you build your self-confidence as a leader. Contact me when you’re ready to take the plunge and let my program help you improve your leadership skills.
“Everything rises and falls on leadership.” ~ John Maxwell