Conduct a Google search on what it is to be a great leader and you will likely find advice, such as:
"A true leader has the confidence...." and
"Confidence can get you to the top" and
"A leader demonstrates confidence".
I think it is unhelpful to tell people to be more confident. What is confidence and how do you get it? Is it talking louder? Is it having swagger? Is it having the most expertise in the room? What is it that has some people seem more confident than you feel yourself? I believe that becoming more confident is not actually about confidence, but about being in action in specific ways that are the foundation and building blocks of what will have you then feel more grounded, balanced and decisive in your day-to-day work. These foundational actions are essentially what coaches help their clients work towards.
If you are curious how a leadership coach could support you to enhance your confidence as a leader, I wrote this guest post for The Coaching Tools Company blog in which I outline two predominant myths about confidence and the seven tools coaches could use to help leaders own their leadership style. I also share a list of my seven go-to books on the subject.
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