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