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13 Proactive Ways Leaders Can Develop More Confidence In Their Abilities

By News Creatives Authors , in Small Business , at August 11, 2021

People depend on leaders to make the right decisions that will guide them to success. As a leader, it’s important to be confident in the decisions you make because people will hesitate to follow you if you hesitate to trust yourself. 

When you find yourself wavering in your decision making or starting to lose confidence in your strength or abilities as a leader, what can you do to regain the sense of confidence you need to be an effective leader? Below, members of Forbes Business Council weigh in with expert advice on how leaders can develop more confidence in their abilities when they need it most. 

1. Develop Peer Networks In Other Industries

The advice I would have for leaders looking to develop more confidence in their abilities is to develop a peer network that is outside their current place of employment. Connect with peers in industries totally different from yours that you can bounce ideas off and occasionally vent to, if needed. Listen and participate in groups that include peers with similar challenges. – Sissy McQuaig, Industry West

2. Find A Mentor Or Board

The best advice for a leader is to have a mentor or a board of mentors from whom to ask advice. The greatest leaders always have mentors to whom they can ask questions or for advice. The best advice a mentor gave me was to surround yourself with people who are smarter than you and share the same vision as you do. Smart people who have different visions or agendas do not work well together. – Peter Recchia, 4WEALTH FINANCIAL GROUP LLC


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3. Pivot To Executing On Your Abilities

Make the pivot from educating yourself on your abilities to executing on them. Growing your skill sets occurs faster and more robustly “on the job” or in-action versus through reading and other more didactic forms of training. Your team, the market and your overall environment will test you and reward you with vastly more confidence than you could have obtained otherwise. – Isaiah Hankel, Cheeky Scientist

4. Switch Off Your Inner Critic

Shut it up and quit it. Mentorship is a necessity, but not a sufficient component of growing confidence. Shut it up—stop that internal voice telling you you do not belong, you are not enough, you aren’t qualified and you don’t have the experience. Quit it—quit seeking approval, agreement and feedback. Quit giving away your power while searching for feedback you don’t need. We sisters know a whole lot about this. – Dana Bryson, Study.com

5. Be Comfortable With Your Inabilities

Leaders must learn to be comfortable with their inabilities first. Too often, leaders are taught to show little to no weaknesses. Being comfortable speaking about your weaknesses to your organization actually shows strength in your leadership abilities. The areas in which you have strong abilities should be emphasized, but be okay when you need help in your weaker areas as a leader. – Oscar Frazier, nDemand Consulting Services

6. Push Against Adversity

Confidence comes from within. To be a successful leader it is important to understand the ideas important to you and push through against adversity. As Peter McIntyre said, “Confidence comes not from always being right but from not fearing to be wrong.” Follow your instincts and trust your gut. It is likely that you already know the right answers. – Mark E Cohenno, National EMS Institute Inc

7. Set Powerful Intentions

Set powerful intentions and have the courage to act on inspired thoughts and opportunities that come your way. The way to know if they are the right next steps for you is to connect with your ability to “know” the answer. It is an internal navigation system that works for your highest good always. Follow your ability to know and you will make decisions with unwavering faith. – Karen Mc Dermott, Serenity Press Pty Ltd

8. Count Your Blessings Over Your Challenges

Count your blessings more than your challenges. It is important to understand that we all have our own unique strengths. Magic happens when we align our strengths to the goals we are trying to meet. It requires hard work and the ability to introspect and make strategic choices. – Abhishek Rungta, Indus Net Technologies (INT.)

9. Educate And Challenge Yourself

Have a purposeful growth path. Make the effort to educate and challenge yourself. Embrace change and challenge the status quo. Practice, training and development of yourself professionally and personally give a leader the foundation to drive forward, execute and achieve greatness. – Scott Snider, Exit Planning Institute

10. Focus On Continuous Development

Focus on lifelong learning, consistency and purpose. Continuous development of our technical and emotional intelligence skills will boost confidence as we feel more equipped to deal with specific challenges. Consistent performance also allows us to feel a strong sense of progress and evolution. Finally, define a clear sense of purpose in order to elevate your positive impact on this world. – Andreea Vanacker, SPARKX5

11. Instill Confidence In Others

It’s essential for leaders to instill confidence in their teams but also be humble and human. This balance requires emotional intelligence. There are plenty of great resources on these issues to help leaders facilitate this self-awareness. For example, business books, biographies and podcasts are great ways to learn from others and see different situations from new perspectives. – Gordon Lawson, NetAbstraction

12. Write A Daily List Of Accomplishments

Look in the mirror and see a tiger, even if you think you are a kitten. At the end of every day, write down a list of all of your accomplishments that day. Develop a vision of your “victory photo”—how does the world look when you are declared a winner? In other words, what is winning for you? Give free advice to everybody without expecting any compensation. Your reward will be gratitude. – Oded Agam, NextLeap Ventures

13. Learn How To Recover From Your Mistakes

Confidence comes from your ability to recover from mistakes. Leaders need to be able to make decisions that affect everyone around them. You won’t always make the right decisions, but knowing that you’ll be able to fix any mistakes you’ve made will give you the confidence you need to make the decisions. – Scott Wassmer, Appnovation

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