Leadership Traits That Clearly Inspire Confidence

March 8, 2013 — 8 Comments

iStock 000007419645XSmall 300x300 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?

“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

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

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

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8 responses to Leadership Traits That Clearly Inspire Confidence

  1. I noticed something in your post. Change one word, and you have a nifty acronym; CLEAR.

    Ask (instead of question)
    Risk Taking

    CLEAR Leadership Delivers Confidence.

  2. Excellent list. Enjoy your Blog. What a challenge to do this so often.
    Mary Lasky

  3. 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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