Confidence - An Essential Leadership trait

•    the feeling or belief that one can rely on someone or something; firm trust.
•    the state of feeling certain about the truth of something.

For most leaders there may a few attributes that might not require optimal effort on their part for success. Unfortunately, Confidence is not one of them. In the repertoire of all that a leader possesses, confidence is vitally essential for positive motion forward. It is one of those things that either you have or don’t. But I believe it is a trait that it can be learned, adapted and practiced.

Confidence is totally your internal perception of your ability to fulfill a particular role. The core of it is built through your professional and personal experiences and dealings during you lifelong journey. There is a lot that goes into that. Successes and failures, disappointments and accolades. You ability to be confident has a memory. With good and positive memories that reinforced well, then being confident may be easier. When your journey is plagued with bumps and distractions it may be high mountain to climb to feel confident. The mere fact that you have failed or come up short in the past is not exclusion from confidence but rather a trading ground for future success. Either way, as a leader you have to possess this skill. 

To build your confidence you need to be very open to challenging the process and embarking on new experiences where you are willing to fail. Without this type of mindset  you’ll never grow and find the strength needed to push the limits of what you’re capable of. This is what it takes to allow others to gravitate toward your leadership and capture the confidence you possess. 

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every positive or negative experience in which you encounter. Confidence is not by happenstance, it is an intentional effort to be inspiring to the edge of you capability and then going beyond. 

The way to develop self-confidence is to do the thing you fear and get a record of successful experiences behind you." William Jennings Bryan”