Have you recently taken on more responsibility at work, gotten a new leadership job or a promotion to manager?
Has the self-doubt set in yet? Feeling as though any day, the people who believe in you will discover you’re not the leader they thought you were?
“Imposter Syndrome” is common among high achievers. You might find yourself experiencing it firsthand.
As a leader, you know how important it is to have a solid foundation of confidence, because if you don’t believe in you, you can’t expect your people to believe in you.
Let’s get your self-image where it needs to be.
It’s time to challenge everything you’ve ever heard about building confidence.
You know if you want what you’ve never had, you need to do what you’ve never done. Let’s take old ideas that don’t work, and leave them in the past where they belong.
Time to shake up assumptions, rethink your thinking and start developing confidence that lasts.
Crystal clear precap:
5 Wild ideas, wisely applied, to boost your confidence:
- Practice backwards thinking
- Get on the fast track to failure
- Lower your standards
- Think small
- Compare yourself to others
Crazy, right? These 5 ideas probably go against everything you’ve ever heard about success. Funny thing is, they work.
Let’s take a closer look at how you can gain confidence as a leader by taking these 5 ideas to heart.
1) Practice backward thinking. (more…)
I’m wondering if we share this in common: a real struggle with procrastination for certain activities.
Not with all things, right? Just a few.
Just enough that perhaps, it really bugs you, and you’d like a tip to get you past that “Maybe later” mentality.
Here’s something that lights my fire and gives me the energy I need to push past the big P.
Author Ayn Rand wrote: “Action without thought is mindless. And thought without action is hypocritical.”
For me, those words have just the right amount of ouch.
Whether you’ve been a leader for a while, recently promoted to a new leadership role at your current job, or just accepted a position as leader in a new company, take a moment to check to see that you aren’t making these distressing blunders.
Crystal clear precap:
5 ½ Embarrassing Mistakes Leaders Make
- Focused solely on work, not connecting
- Misunderstanding the “Open Door Policy”
- Lack of following through
- Giving unclear instructions
- Not delegating
5 ½. Continuing to do old job
1. Focused solely on work, not connecting
It would seem at first glance that the smartest action a leader can take is to concentrate solely on how focused you are about setting and achieving goals.
Promoted to be a leader? Congratulations!
Now, make sure you’re off to a confident start, and feel as sure of yourself as the people who promoted you are!
While your team will assume that you know what you’re doing because, well, you’re the boss, it’s important that you internalize confidence so you can be a great leader.
It’s natural if you doubt your abilities, or think that it won’t be long before others “find out” that you’re not as smart as they think you are.
This feeling is so widespread, it’s even got a name: “Imposter Syndrome.”
If you’re all about self leadership, or you’re a leader at work (or both!) it’s fun and powerful to chose a word to describe your theme for the year.
Do you have a word for 2017?
One word helps focus your attention and serves as a touchstone to get you back on track when life and work get crazy.
My word for this year is UPWARD.
I chose that word because I’m doing some planning and implementation this year in my biz, and using a new priority management approach to make it all happen.
You might be thinking more about spending money these days.
A quick note to boost your mood (even higher!) and remind you of how much freedom you have that you might sometimes overlook.
First, the story that prompted today’s note.
I’m changing my morning rituals today because I’m choosing to take the afternoon off for one on one time with my 22 year-old daughter. (Yes, we still value our “Mommy and me” time!)
So, I open my laptop to jot down a quick blog when I see (ok, call it click-bait) this teaser about some movie star’s fabulous “surprisingly affordable” shoes.