Leadership responsibility demands confidence, especially as you rise higher and higher in your career and your visibility becomes more prominent within your organization and your industry. But it is important to recognize the keen difference between confidence and arrogance. Those who are arrogant think they have arrived and no longer need mentors, coaches, and professional development. Confident people, on the other hand, have a good self-image – but acknowledge that there will always be room to grow and expand and keep learning and acquiring new knowledge, fresh strategies, and innovative solutions. Here are 10 relevant insights and intelligent tips that can help you be the most confident version of yourself for the greatest possible leadership success.
#1 Confident People Sound Confident
To exude the confidence of a leader you have to use positive and powerful language that conveys credibility, decisiveness, and inspiration. As soon as you speak others should recognize your leadership from your choice of words and the tone and energy of your vocal delivery.
#2 Be Resilient and Adaptable
Leaders exhibit a natural kind of resiliency to bounce back with enthusiasm, regardless of setbacks or roadblocks. That enables them to quickly adapt to any situation, so that they always appear to land on their feet without being flustered or sidetracked.
#3 Cultivate an Opportunistic Mindset
To seize the day as a leader who shows great confidence, you have to be willing to venture outside your comfort zone to jump at opportunities that present themselves. That’s why the constant development of a solution-oriented mindset is so essential if you want to be an innovative leader.
#4 Maintain a Service Attitude
To lead is to serve your team members, both as their mentor and as a hardworking champion who never stops thinking of ways to promote them in their career aspirations. If you serve others in that way they’ll be willing to go the extra mile whenever you ask them to dig deeper and give more.
#5 Build on the Past But Keep Moving to the Future
Take the lessons of the past, apply them in the present, and keep your focus on the future. That will give you confident momentum, and your vision of going forward will inspire others to also adopt that mindset of pushing through today’s challenges to realize the rewards promised by a bright tomorrow.
#6 Live in the High-Growth Zone
Every company today is concentrating on growth strategies, so to be a competitive and capable leader you need to embrace your own personal and professional growth. That occurs just outside your comfort zone, so every day cultivate an appetite for experiencing that stimulating environment where fears are faced and transformed into real leadership confidence.
#7 Multiply Every Success
Never rest on your leadership success, but use it as a momentum-builder to propel you forward into new territory and your next challenge and achievement. That generates a perpetual cycle of confidence that will eventually make positivity and high self-esteem second nature to you.
#8 Surround Yourself with Incredible Talent
Pick the most talented people. Surround yourself with them. Listen to them, and keep developing them to make the most of that precious human resource. Remember that the fastest way to leverage the multiplier effect is to train and develop those around you to make the most of their inherent potential.
#9 Fuel an Insatiable Curiosity
To be a lifelong learner you have to nurture your curiosity with a passion. If your mind is always curious, it will naturally and automatically seek new insights, innovations, and solutions – and you’ll see them and pounce on them before your less curious competitors do.
#10 Make Confidence a Habit
Executive leadership confidence is a psychological muscle. You have to exercise it constantly. Follow these tips to keep yours vibrant, healthy, and contagious.
Think of leaders whose soaring confidence has a contagious effect upon you. What is it about them that gives them that quality, and how can you emulate it? I’d love to hear from you!