4 Ways to Build Confidence to Step into a Leadership Position

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Are people born leaders, or is leadership more like a muscle that grows and grows with time, practice, and dedication? I believe that effective leadership incorporates skills that everyone can learn and develop. With a little courage, inner motivation, and intentional practice, you can build your confidence and develop your leadership skills so that you too can become an impactful and empowering leader. How do I know it’s true? Well, from personal experience…

At the time, I didn’t consider myself a leader and I was very afraid to speak in public. The idea of ​​speaking to large groups, being live on TV, or hosting a podcast was definitely not on the list of things I thought I could do. At that time, the thought of speaking to a crowd, or even giving a speech to my family and friends at a wedding, left me feeling anxious and stressed. These kinds of situations were things I wanted to avoid at all costs. That is, until I discovered something that I thought was worth overcoming my fears.

Once I discovered and understood my personal mission, I knew I had a message I wanted to share with the world. It sparked the inner motivation and courage I needed to be assertive and face my fears. With repeated practice, trial and error, and a lot of dedication, I got to a place where I really enjoy being a keynote speaker, being live on TV, and hosting my podcast. I even recently gave a TEDx talk! I’m about to share four key tips that helped me get to where I am now in hopes they can help you too. Let’s go:

1. Focus on the value you bring to others

Focus less on yourself and more on the people you are helping. Focusing on your mission and its positive impact on others can help reduce fear of failure, fear of judgment, and other insecurities that can arise as you grow and enter a leadership position. When you get your message and the information you share about something bigger than yourself, you’ll be more motivated to try new things and embrace the discomfort that can come from stepping out of your comfort zone.

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2. Improve your verbal and non-verbal communication

Your body language, your non-verbal signals and your voice send a message. It can send the message that you’re confident and comfortable, or it can send the message that you’re uncertain and uncomfortable. Being aware of the signals you give is a good starting point. Once you gain awareness, you can begin to make the appropriate changes to send the message that you are confident, trustworthy, and capable. Some easy things that can build trust and confidence include a sincere smile, upright posture, good eye contact, and an open stance with your arms and body. Try to speak without rushing and use your tone to convey your message effectively. It all gets easier with practice.

3. Harness a growth mindset

“I’m bad at this” or “I’m not good enough at this” are two examples of phrases and autosuggestions that could prevent you from having confidence in yourself as a leader. Work on having a growth mindset where you recognize that all challenges are learning opportunities and setbacks are chances to see or do things in a new way. “I’m bad at it” could be seen as “I’m still learning” and “I’m not good enough at this” could be seen as “It may take a little more time and practice”. Cultivating a growth mindset can help you shift your perspective to build confidence and sustain a leadership position.

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4. Practice, practice and practice again

To build confidence and establish your unique skills as a leader, you need to practice. When I wanted to become more confident and comfortable as a speaker, I started with something approachable to me, which was teaching university students from where I got my master’s degree. . I then started to regularly share videos and content on social networks. I started my podcast, and over time I started getting bigger and bigger talks. I started being represented by speaking desks, being hired as a keynote speaker and more. It didn’t happen overnight, and it took time, effort and lots and lots of practice.

What accessible ways can you start practicing the skills you need to become an effective leader? When you’re just starting out, try not to think about it too much and recognize that there may be some growing pains at first. Accept that this is part of the process. The more you practice, the easier it becomes and the more comfortable you will feel. Always remember to be proud of yourself for the effort you put in and the progress you make!

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