Confident leaders effectively manage the tension between confidence and doubt - between believing in themselves and realizing that they may have gaps in their knowledge or abilities. They have a good balance of self-assuredness and an awareness of their own limitations.
So, how do they do this? They become more aware of their strengths, capabilities, and challenges. Confident leaders continuously seek out this information from their direct reports, peers, supervisors, and other important stakeholders. They ask questions, such as:
Confident leaders scan their environment for information and slow down to ask questions that provide a deeper understanding and awareness.
"When the leader lacks confidence, the followers lack commitment." - John C. Maxwell
Phyllis Reagin, High Performance Strategist and Executive Coach with CSRH Consulting, guides senior leaders and high-potentials with mastering their leadership. To receive bi-monthly blogs that examine leadership lessons from the entertainment, business, and political worlds, join At The Coach's Table blog.
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