I came across an interesting blog post from WM1Jobs this morning about how sharing with your employees and how it can build their confidence...
Mark Twain said:
“All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence and then success is sure!”
However, the majority of company executives get where they are by becoming knowledgeable in their sector and leaders in their industry.
So what about the confidence bit?
Well, consider the words of football’s finest, Pele.
“A great player is a player who can do everything on the field. He can do assists, encourage his colleagues, give them confidence to go forward. It is someone who, when a team does not do well, becomes one of the leaders.”
He has a good point. If you want your company to do well, confidence is something that should be shared. Here’s why.
Never exclude others
Many wannabe leaders deliberately create negativity and insecurity in others because they believe this makes them look stronger.
In fact, the opposite is true. Creating an atmosphere where no one is brave enough to be proactive or think independently will prevent the company moving forward.
Give everyone a voice
Confident managers find it easy to express themselves and explain their thinking, even when their message might prove unpopular.
Encouraging others to be confident enough to speak up and voice their opinions not only helps their personal growth, it creates a dynamic atmosphere where ideas are allowed to develop.
Share your big picture
At the top level of management, there’s always space for intrigue and professional jealousies over who gets the biggest pay packets or promotions.
However, if you have the confidence in your ability to lead your team, you should also have the confidence to share your vision with them.
Being dialled into the company strategy is enabling and will build a stronger, more effective team.
Don’t take down, build up
When employees make mistakes – and it’s only natural – a kneejerk reaction can knock their confidence and hamper their ability to do their job.
Confident bosses understand not everything or everyone is perfect but, rather than criticising, they know the value of sharing their knowledge and experience, as well as an enthusiasm to do better next time. That’s confidence sharing at its best.
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