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John Kline, PhD, inspirational and motivational keynote and after-dinner speaker and corporate trainer.October 2008

Leadership Confidence

Competence, or what a leader knows (the subject of the August column) and competence, or who the leader is (the subject of the September column) are key leadership traits. But without confidence, or the belief in oneself and one’s abilities, leaders will fail. Not only will they lack faith in themselves to lead, their call to others will be like a bugler sounding an indistinct sound; no one will want to follow. See: 1 Corinthians 14:8

Here are three things you can do to be a confident leader:

Learn from experience. A well-known CEO claimed the secret of his success came from making right decisions. When asked how he was able to make right decisions, the CEO said it came from experience. One of the people listening to him asked how he got that experience. The CEO answered with two words, “wrong decisions.” This is true only if people are willing to learn from their own experience and from the experience of others.

Demonstrate confidence. Be confident on the outside, even if you don’t feel it on the inside. All of us, at times, lack confidence. But acting confident will increase your own feelings of sureness and confidence as well as assure others and enhance the confidence they place in your leadership.

Be humble. Pride destroys rather than builds confidence; for prideful leaders are afraid to fail or make a mistake because they are too wrapped up in their own egos. As the old adage says, “pride goes before the fall.” The greatest leaders possess both confidence and humility. People want to follow that kind of leader.
John Kline
Montgomery, Alabama
jkline@klinespeak.com

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