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Why Leaders Need to Improve
(Authentic) Self Confidence

No one gives you self confidence; it is something each of us has to develop on our own. Now, you may have been fortunate to have had great parents and siblings and supportive teachers who intuitively built your self-esteem. Okay, lucky you. I don’t deny that happens and that some people seem to have been […]
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Leading with Self Confidence:
Growth Mindset Required

Self confidence is a key ingredient to leadership success but too much can lead one astray if not grounded in reality. The history of great business failures is littered with over-confident leaders who believed they were immune to risk. Without authentic confidence, leaders can’t create outstanding business results. I’d say leading with confidence is a […]
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The Link Between Self-Confidence
and Leadership Actualization

Most executives I work with in my coaching practice are familiar with Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. The American psychologist (1908-1970) proposed that all humans are motivated to satisfy certain basic needs, and once those needs are secured, they strive to satisfy more needs, eventually seeking self-actualization or the expression of self-fulfillment, to become everything […]
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Lack of Self Confidence: What’s Stopping You?

No one—not even the most outwardly self-assured leader—is immune from periods of self-doubt and lack of self confidence. In fact, sometimes doubt can be healthy when it acts as an internal check. People with healthy self confidence are more adept at managing their inner experiences and better at learning from mistakes and failures. Their self […]
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Self-Confidence or Vulnerability: Walking the Tightwire

As a business leader, what do you think about expressing self-confidence vs. vulnerability? There are a lot of great videos on TED.com, but two have left me thinking profoundly: Dr. Brene Brown’s talk on vulnerability and the one on shame. As mentioned in my post on Tuesday, expressing self-doubt or anything that hints of a […]
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Leadership Self-Confidence: Do You Dare Show Vulnerability?

After my last post on the study that shows that leadership self-confidence succeeds better when it’s lowered, one reader reacted strongly. Maybe others did too, but didn’t speak up through the comments section. Let’s talk more about this issue of leadership self-confidence and executive presence. The real issue is vulnerability, for example, when you show […]
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Self-Confidence: Everyone’s Secret Flaw

If you’ve ever worked with an executive coach, then you know what I’m talking about. In private coaching sessions, one of the biggest issues that comes up with clients, even for the smartest and most accomplished ones I work with, is lack of self-confidence. Just about everyone harbors self-doubt, even those who appear least likely. […]
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In Praise of Leadership Humility

Over the Holidays I had some reading time and reviewed a couple of my favorite leadership books, including Jim Collin’s Good to Great. I especially like his description of the personal humility of a Level 5 leader. In case you’ve forgotten, here are excerpts. A classic example of a Level 5 leader is an individual […]
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The Inner Game of Leading Others

I’ve been thinking a lot about how leaders change themselves to become more influential and effective. My last post talked about The Inner Game of Golf, a book by Timothy Gallwey. Gallwey introduced us to thinking about our inner vs. outer worlds. Whether applied to sports or to work, the inner game is where we […]
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Leaders and the Mid-Career Crisis Thing

Have you experienced a mid-career crisis… yet? Leaders have their favorite stories of how they got to where they are and the leadership lessons learned along the way. But once in a while, a leader starts to feel uneasy telling the same old stories, and begins to question everything. Welcome to mid-career crisis, also known […]
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