7 Reasons Why confidence is important in leadership

 Confidence makes leaders resilient toward challenges and criticisms, improves their communication skills, more self-assured, makes logical decisions, leads people toward success, and overcomes failures. A confident leader gains the trust and confidence of people, which gives the leader the ability to drive performance and motivate others effectively.

7 Reasons Why confidence is important in leadership

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Confidence is one of the fundamentals of leadership success. 
There are many definitions of confidence, but the best definition I’ve heard is by Dr. Joseph in his TED Talk, but I’ll define it according to leadership. 

Confidence in leadership is the ability of a leader to believe in oneself to accomplish a certain thing, no matter the odds, adversities, failures, or difficulties.

How does a leader succeed in leading people, assure the success of the mission/goal, give an effective speech, and gain the votes of people if he/she is not confident? That’s why confidence is needed in leadership because it gives the leader all these skills and more.

The 7 importance of confidence in leadership are:

1. A confident leader builds confidence in people

Confidence is as important to leaders as it’s to followers. It’s one of the responsibilities of a leader to keep people motivated to do a task, make them stronger, and build confidence in them. What keeps people motivated and always confident isn’t the training they had or the secrets their leader taught them. If they fail, most will lose motivation and confidence. It’s the positive speech the leader gives to the people during hard times and failures that keep them motivated and confident. It assures them that they will rise despite the difficulties.

2. Confidence increases leaders self-assurances

In times of failure and difficulties where people are miserable and about to lose hope. A leader needs to stand and assure people that they will overcome the difficulties they are going through and change their perception of failures to not let a certain failure stop them. This is not made through giving a motivational speech to people to give them instant motivation, but logical reasons to why difficulties and failures shouldn’t stop them said in a motivational way.

3. Confidence makes leaders make logical decisions

Logical decisions in critical situations are important but rarely do people make them. To leaders, it’s important to keep a calm way of thinking, especially in a critical situation. No great decision is made in an anxious, shattered, or distraught state of thinking. Great decisions come from calm thinking. Confidence is linked with great and logical decisions when faced with unwanted situations, failure, or criticism. A confident leader doesn’t panic because his belief is in his ability to overcome the situation, not the situation going the way he wishes.

4. Confidence improves leaders’ communication skills

Communication is an important pillar in leadership, just as confidence is. A leader with poor communication skills finds no success. Communication skill is not important for leaders only, but for everyone who wants higher success. You can have a high level of self-confidence and it will take you some miles, but if you want to go far; you’ve got to get advice from those who have gone many miles. But if you aren’t good at communication with people, going some extra miles from your destination will be harder.

Leaders need to integrate confidence with communication. Wearing confidence in front of people is great, displaying your good communication skills is greater, but talking in a great way with confidence is one of the greatest skills a leader can have.

5. A confident leader gain the trust and confidence of people

Leaders don’t gain the favor, trust, or confidence of people because they are leaders by name. Leaders earn people’s trust through hard work, dedication, and proving themselves as leaders. Leadership is a responsibility that all people can’t bear. It takes time to build a relationship with people as a leader. More often, leaders don’t declare themselves as leaders. They are called, and they answer the call.

Bosses tell people what to do and watch them do it, while leaders take the first step. When people see you working on your goals with confidence, overcoming challenges, and bearing difficulties. People start seeing a strong leader, and that’s how you gain people’s confidence and trust. They saw you overcoming challenges alone. They know if you are on the frontline leading the way, you will overcome whatever you face. You gain people’s respect, trust, favor, and confidence.

6. Confidence contributes to leadership success

Most successful and great leaders have confidence, courage, humility, take responsibility, and have visions. When you have a vision you want to turn into reality, it won’t be easy as you imagine how it will be. Everyone has a vision for his future, even if they say they don’t have a great vision for their future.

Vision in leadership is important because you have people who believe in you and in your visions, no matter how big and impossible it looks. Some people will still believe in you as their leader and in your ability to turn this vision into a reality. Letting them down isn’t an option.

For a leader to make people believe in his/her vision, he/she has to be confident in himself/herself, be able to plan strategically and make the plan succeed. No matter how many times a leader fails, this failure shouldn’t affect his confidence and self-belief. Failure should be a guiding path and where they learn lessons. 

7. Confidence increase leaders’ mental and emotional strength

Leadership isn’t about its name “Leadership”. It’s about the person that presents and leads people. Behind that person is an unwavering mind with high self-esteem, self-belief, and self-confidence.Confidence contributes a lot to emotional and mental growth in leadership. It’s always through hurtful experiences or through trying new things we know we might not succeed at, but we choose to give our best shot that we grow emotionally and mentally.
Confidence push leaders to: 

  1. Cross their mental boundaries.
  2. Try new strategies, plans, and new techniques.
  3. Break the mental limits set by people and what they think.
  4. Withstand social criticism and overcome it

All these characteristics are not created through confidence, but confidence strengthens all these abilities.

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