How to Be a Confident Leader in Uncertain Situations
One of my students recently asked me, “How can I be a confident leader in uncertain situations? Does it come from your personality or is it learned?”
My simple answer to that is…
Yes. Having certain personality traits does help your self-confidence. But, self-confidence is a habit that can be learned.
Maintaining your self-confidence as a leader in unsure or defensive situations does not have to be difficult. You just have to know how to go about the situation in the right way. What makes a good leader is being confident and the practicing the right habits.
High Self-Esteem is Essential
The first habit you should practice to maintain an unshakeable self-confidence in any situation is having great self-esteem.
The best definition I’ve heard of self-esteem is, “how much you like yourself.”
When you like and respect yourself, you always perform and behave better than if you did not.
The more you like yourself, the more confidence you have. The more you like yourself, and believe in yourself, the more efficient and effective you are in each area of your life.
Self-esteem is the key to handling yourself the best way possible as both an individual and a leader.
Live Life Consistent With Your Values
Living your life consistent with your deepest values is essential for high self-esteem.
People who are clear about what they believe in and value, and who refuse to compromise their values, like and respect themselves. People who are unclear about what is really important to them have a much harder time.
The “Law of Reversibility,” says that feelings and actions interact with each other. If you feel a certain way, you will act in a manner consistent with what you’re feeling. However, the reverse is also true.
If you act in a certain way, your actions will create within you the feelings that are consistent with them.
This means that when you act as if your time is extremely valuable, you feel like a more valuable and important person.
Practice Courageous Leadership
Another way to build up self-confidence for handling any situation is to continuously practice courageous leadership qualities.
All of life is a risk of some kind.
Whenever you engage in any action where the outcome is uncertain, for any reason, you are taking a risk.
You take a small risk when you drive to work or walk across the street. You take a larger risk when you start a business or invest a sum of money.
You take a risk whenever you venture into the unknown. Your possibilities and probabilities cannot be determined to an exact degree.
The issue, then, is not whether you take risks. The issue is how skillful you are in taking them. Being confident and courageous in taking the right risks for the right reasons puts you in pursuit of the right goals or objectives.
Take Intelligent Risks
The goal is to become better at analyzing and assessing risk, and then avoiding as much of the risk as possible. Once you are, the more competent and capable you will become at maintaining your self-confidence …read more
Source: Brian Tracy