Self-confidence is the key to being a great leader and colleague at work. When you have it, it reflects in how you perform. Here are ways to emulate great leaders
It’s a given fact that the key to a happy and productive workforce lies in how a team is led. Great leaders bring out the best in their team. And it’s impossible to achieve that without confidence. In a nutshell, confidence or self-esteem is believing in yourself and celebrating your positive attributes. For some strange reason, most people just want to be crappy bosses or mistreat their staff and miraculously expect great results. I am not saying that you shouldn’t be assertive as a leader, but it’s not necessary to be a nightmare to others. And yes, I am talking from experience. There’s no way you will be a great leader if you don’t have self-esteem. Instead, you see others as a threat instead of honing their talents for the good of the company. If you want to boost your self-esteem that great leaders have, here are five ways I suggest:
Identify your passion and talent: Great leaders understand that they won’t be good at everything but use their skills to the best of their ability. They believe in their capabilities and always find ways to hone their talents. Like them, find what makes you happy and incorporate it to your job.
Make the effort to be a team player: Since great leaders understand that it takes a team to reach the desired results they bring out the best in everyone. Instead of comparing your weaknesses to other people’s strengths and wasting time on jealousy, celebrate what others are good at and use it to your advantage.
Don’t be afraid to make mistakes: Great leaders are not afraid to raise their hand and ask for help. They acknowledge their mistakes and find lessons in them. Like great leaders, don’t be afraid to fail or make mistakes, no matter how embarrassing it is. Find the lesson behind your experiences and move on as a better person.
Respect others, no matter their title: That applies to every area of your life and not just work. Respect is earned and can never be forced upon nor bought. The price of respect is affordable; it’s simply respecting others and great leaders are good at that. The best way to master respect is to treat others as you want them to treat you.
Ask yourself how you want to be remembered: There’s a trail mark we always leave behind when we move on to other things. What difference do you want to leave behind? This, I believe, is what great leaders ask themselves. Not everything is permanent, and neither is our time on earth. If you were to take your last breath in the next hour, would your dreams be fulfilled? And would you be happy with how you treated others and how you lived your life? Confidence helps you see the best in yourself and in others. Is that not how you want to be remembered? Not only at work but by the world at large?
Do you have a positive self-esteem? How did you develop it?