“A good leader inspires people to have confidence in the leader, a great leader inspires people to have confidence in themselves”
- Eleanor Roosevelt
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.
Clear leadership grows confident leaders.
5 CLEAR Leadership Traits That Inspire Confidence
Pay attention to small improvements. Celebrate milestone successes. Focus on the behaviors causing the wins. To build confidence, celebrate small improvements
You may be tempted to talk… to encourage. Resist the urge. Try listening. Then listen more. To build confidence, listen from your heart
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
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
What leadership traits do you most rely on to inspire confidence?
Useful Resources on Leadership Traits
Something Better Than I Think I Can, Post by Dan Rockwell
Evelyn Orr and Kathleen Sack, Building the Leadership Skills That Matter
Warren Bennis and Joan Goldsmith, Learning to Lead: A Workbook on Becoming a Leader
Marlene Caroselli, Leadership Skills for Managers
Elwood N. Chapman, Leadership: What Every Manager Needs to Know
Gary Yukl, Leadership in Organizations