Leadership Traits That Clearly Inspire Confidence

You’ve got good people on the team, but they lack confidence. Which leadership traits should you rely on?

You’ve worked hard to build a strong repetoire of leadership skills. How do you know which ones to use in this situation? How can you best build up their confidence? Take the softer approach. Meet them where they are. Listen well, and become a subtle inspiration. They need to know that THEY can do this not that YOU “did” something to them.

“A good leader inspires people to have confidence in the leader, a great leader inspires people to have confidence in themselves”
~Eleanor Roosevelt

Clear leadership grows confident leaders.

 5 CLEAR Leadership Traits That Inspire Confidence

C- Celebrating

Pay attention to small improvements. Celebrate milestone successes. Focus on the behaviors causing the wins. To build confidence, celebrate small improvements

L- Listening

You may be tempted to talk. to encourage. Resist the urge. Try listening. Then listen more. To build confidence, listen from your heart

E- Empowering

Give them clear parameters in which to make decisions. Encourage them to try creative approaches. Provide resources over direction. To build confidence, let them go

A- Asking

Great questions make people think. Nothing inspires confidence like discovering your own answers. To build confidence, ask provocative questions

R- Risk Taking

Don’t freak out when things go wrong. Encourage weird ideas. Prepare them to present to powerful audiences. To build confidence, allow graceful failures

Useful Resources on Leadership Traits

Something Better Than I Think I Can, Post by Dan Rockwell

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Karin Hurt

Karin Hurt, is CEO of Let’s Grow Leaders and a former Verizon Wireless executive. Karin was named on Inc.’s list of 100 Great Leadership Speakers for Your Next Conference, the American Management Association List of 50 Leaders to Watch, and as a Trust Across America Top Thought Leader in Trust. She’s the award-winning author of two books, Winning Well: A Manager’s Guide to Getting Results— Without Losing Your Soul, and Overcoming an Imperfect Boss. She’s regularly featured in business publications including Fast Company, Entrepreneur, and Inc.

8 Comments

  1. Excellent list indeed, I love the idea of CLEAR leadership traits. In all walks of leadership, these are words loaded with active responsibilities. “Listening” is a very deliberate one that I welcomed and acknowledge, I was nodding and smiling. Then, Karin, you threw me a curve ball. “Don’t freak out when things go wrong?” Well, ok, among friends, maybe the occassional, very brief “freak out” moment, but I absolutely embrace the concept of allowing graceful failures. What a true measure of memorable leadership. I enjoyed this post as I immediately began to inventory how I can grow and shine within each of these awesome traits. Have a great weekend all.

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