10 Powerful Strategies to Build Your Confidence
(Photograph courtesy of NASA Langley Research Center)
Repeating the past in a changing world makes you irrelevant and insignificant. Employing old strategies in new situations tends toward failure.
Transition, turbulence, and change test leadership-confidence.
Danger and beauty:
The danger of confidence is quantity – too little paralyzes; too much and you’re an arrogant fool with a closed mind.
The beauty of confidence is lower stress and quiet boldness both in you and those around you.
Confidence connects to competence through past performance. Competency during turbulence, however, is the ability to adapt – not repeat – in order to create the future.
- Prepare for uncertainty, challenge, and opportunity. They don’t have all the answers – they establish predeterminedprocesses and procedures for finding answers.Know your response to tough situations before they occur. What is your response to challenging questions, for example. Hint: Don’t give solutions immediately.
- Know confidence and certainty are different. Certainty focuses on outcomes and outcomes aren’t always certain. Confidence focuses on process and next steps. Hint: Your next step is usually too big if it traps you; take a smaller one.
- Remain calm; they aren’t frantic they’re focused. Hint: Ask hard questions; avoid accusations.
- Believe they can change things through others. Hint: Great teams build confidence.
- Keep curiosity alive. You don’t know now but believe you’ll find out. Hint: Keep asking hard questions.
- Embrace mistakes. Peter Mcintyre wisely said, “Confidence comes not from always being right but from not fearing to be wrong.” Hint: What are we learning? (Notice “learning” not “learned”)
- Move forward with imperfect knowledge. Reject perfectionism while pursuing excellence. Hint: Focus on the best available solution.
- Prepare cautiously – execute boldly. Hint: Don’t second guess.
- Display good posture. Hint: Stand tall.
- Express gratitude and give compliments. Hint: Focus on the best in others.
How do you face uncertainty?
What is the impact of too little or too much confidence?