Why Self-Confidence is Essential to Strong Business Leadership
To be successful in business, one must first be confident in their own competence and abilities. Much of the strength required to lead a company comes from having faith in your vision, your goals, and the way you go about achieving them.It’s not only about how you view yourself but how others see you too. Confident leaders exude a belief in themselves that engenders this same belief in others. Your team then feel safe trusting in your leadership and decision-making, knowing you won’t let them down. However, saying that self-confidence is important is easy; stressing how important requires evidence of its real-world impact.
Confidence can help you achieve your goals
Confidence breeds competence. In order to achieve what you want for the company you lead, you need to have a clear idea of your long-term goals, and self-doubt only muddies the waters. Imagine this scenario. You believe the most effective way to grow your company is to partner with another similar entity that can complement your offerings, but at every turn, you’re second-guessing yourself. The likely outcome is inaction, in which case, your business stagnates. While there is no negative impact, there isn’t a positive effect either.
On the other hand, you have confidence in your leadership abilities and decision-making, partner with the company, and share your contacts and skillsets. In doing so, you instantly widen your reach and combined knowledge, which positively impacts your sales, growth, and profits.
Confidence in yourself inspires confidence in others
Most of those who go on to become business leaders have been employees first, so they understand the issues inherent in working under someone who doesn’t know how to lead a company. For this example, we therefore want you to imagine yourself in the role of a staff member.
When you have inefficient and indecisive leadership, it tends to breed a lack of confidence in your employer and their ability to make a decision, especially one that will benefit the company and those who staff it. On the other hand, if the person at the top of the pyramid acts as a firm hand on the helm, it inspires faith. You’re more likely to trust this person to steer the firm in the right direction, making you less likely to look elsewhere for better leaders and greater opportunities.
Self-confidence encourages decisiveness
One of the major drawbacks when you lack confidence is that you’re likely to be indecisive. This feeds into our first point about second-guessing yourself. If this is something you’re guilty of, ask how you can improve your self-belief. Look at it this way. You are, in many ways, a gambler: it’s down to you to make risky decisions and trust that they will pay off. To have faith in your choices, however, you first need to have some knowledge of what you’re doing.
If you were the gambler in our example, you might recognize that the outcome of a bet is never certain, but you’d still try to enhance your understanding to make your decisions more informed. If you had an especial knowledge of Irish football, for example, you’d be inclined to place money on this rather than another form of betting on sports such as cycling or ice hockey. This confidence in your ability – a direct consequence of your knowledge – would thus make you more decisive when choosing your bet.
In the same vein, if you know more about one area of business than another, focus on using your strengths to your advantage and improving your weaknesses through training or finding specialists to join your team and advise you.
How will you improve your self-confidence and leadership skills?