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Leadership Traits That Clearly Inspire Confidence

by | Mar 8, 2013 | By Karin Hurt, Communication |

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 repertoire 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.

E-Empowering

Give them clear parameters in which to make decisions. Encourage them to try creative approaches. Provide resources over direction.

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.

Useful Resources on Leadership Traits

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

Karin Hurt

Karin Hurt helps human-centered leaders resolve workplace ambiguity and chaos, so that they can drive innovation, productivity and revenue without burning out employees. She’s the founder and CEO of Let’s Grow Leaders, an international leadership development and training firm known for practical tools and leadership development programs that stick. She’s the award-winning author of four books including Courageous Cultures: How to Build Teams of Micro-Innovators, Problem Solvers, and Customer Advocates and Winning Well: A Manager’s Guide to Getting Results-Without Losing Your Soul and a hosts the popular Asking For a Friend Vlog on LinkedIn. A former Verizon Wireless executive, Karin was named to Inc. Magazine’s list of great leadership speakers. Karin and her husband and business partner, David Dye, are committed to their philanthropic initiative, Winning Wells – building clean water wells for the people of Cambodia.

8 Comments

  1. Eric Dingler (@EricDingler)

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

    Celebrate
    Listen
    Empower
    Ask (instead of question)
    Risk Taking

    CLEAR Leadership Delivers Confidence.

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  2. Anonymous

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

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    • letsgrowleaders

      Mary, thanks so much! It’s great to see you here. Hope all is well with you.

      Reply
  3. Alma

    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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    • letsgrowleaders

      Alma, thanks so much for your comment. Okay, okay, every now and then a good “freak out” is cleansing 😉

      Reply

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