,The Confident Leader Test – Will You Pass?

July 15, 2014, by , Posted in Blog,Leadership,LEADERtips, 1 Comment

As a leader, do you surround yourself with people smarter than you as a means of achieving your goals? Do you focus on developing your people so they can grow in their capability, which in turn, benefits you and the company? Or, do you avoid developing them in fear they will grow beyond their current capability or even surpass you up the ladder?

When I was a kid, there was no collaboration; it’s you with a camera bossing your friends around. But as an adult, filmmaking is all about appreciating the talents of the people you surround yourself with and knowing you could never have made any of these films by yourself. Steven Spielberg

I was forced to ponder those questions after reading the article, Does Your Company Punish People For Career Development, by Steve Hunt on TLNT.com. It created a knee jerk response of; “Of course I develop and surround myself with smart people – it’s a win-win for everyone. Right?”

 Then I considered what my own consulting clients, managers themselves, have told me over the years about their own experience. And, I got real about a time when I was responsible for a large group of people. The reality became clear; many managers or so called leaders possess attitudes, thoughts and behaviors that certainly bring their leadership confidence into question:

  •  There aren’t enough opportunities for promotions as it is, I don’t need more competition.
  •  I need my people focused on the task at hand; not on skills, talents or traits that won’t benefit us today.
  • What would happen if, once they learned a new skill, they moved on to another job? I can’t afford to lose a good person
  • I don’t have, and can’t afford the time, for them to get training or coaching.
  • It’s not as easy as just sending them off to a class or seminar. They have to then be managed to their new skill set, and their expectation in possessing that new skill. How do I do that?

Can you relate to any of these?

If you said yes, forgive yourself, as you are not alone. But then, get to work; because if you want to be a real leader, let alone a great leader, you have to build the confidence within yourself to surround yourself with the best people, the smartest people, and the people you would be proud to develop, promote and see achieve great success.

Great leaders possess confidence in themselves and abilities, in their contribution and the value they bring to their team and company. And where they lack confidence, faith and belief, they work to gain it, thus developing themselves and those around them.

LEADERtips for becoming a great, confident leader:

  • Understand your own leadership confidence level – here is a free Confident Leader Assessment!
  • Continue to advance the traits and qualities you are most confident, while putting a development plan in place to work on those areas that need strengthening – we all have them. PS – to be a great leader is to not allow your ego or pride to stop you from bettering yourself and those around you!
  • Establish goals and measurements within your performance plan that include the development and advancement of your people
  • July is a perfect time to reset your goals and objectives for the second half of the year
  • Sit each of your team members down and discuss with them their career and advancement goals. Ask them how you can help to improve upon their skills and talents, and in turn how they can leverage the development of those skills in their current or future position.
  • Leverage their goals to define yours, and engage your own manager in the process.
  • In six months, go back and take the Confident Leader Assessment again, and see how you have changed.

Every leader in the world experiences periods of doubt, negativity and low self esteem. Great leaders work hard on a daily basis to shift those emotions and mindsets on their head, despite the risk and ridicule they could face in doing so; revealing their vulnerability to the world or even ‘faking it to you make it’.  But whichever path they choose, they always develop and surround themselves with people who will follow them through whatever challenge they confront, because those individuals know the difference between a confident leader and a weak leader.

Choose to be a confident leader and do what you can to become one!

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