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…)
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.
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Self-awareness can lead you to be happy, healthy, wealthy and wise. If you’re really ready to have a breakthrough, consider this tough love question:
“Are your results so far worthy of your potential? Do your relationships, your health, your financial standing really reflect what you’re capable of?”
If your answer is “Not so much.” That’s the #1 sign it’s time to raise your self-awareness.
If, in answering this though love question, you reveal some doubts about whether you’re putting your best self out there in the world, take heart. There’s hope!
“It’s not what you know. It’s not who you know. It’s who knows you.”
~ A Wise Person
“Sponsorship is about the fast track. It’s about who gets promoted.”
~ Sylvia Ann Hewlett
Author of “(Forget a Mentor) Find a Sponsor The New Way to Fast-Track Your Career”
As a leadership trainer and consultant, I’m often asked how to develop the next generation of leaders.
Bottom Line Up Front
People companies want to promote need more than mentors. They need sponsors and a transparent, simple path for getting them.
The Surprising Reason Women Aren’t Promoted More Often
Women tend to believe that hard work alone is enough to get promoted. Think about that for a moment. If hard work alone were enough to elevate women through the ranks, the Fortune 500 would have more than 4.2% of CEOs as women.
And you’d have had more women bosses.
The “Hidden Brain Drain Task Force” determined the role and impact of sponsorship and why more women don’t make better use of it.