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How to Instil Confidence In Teams and Individuals

How to Instil Confidence in Teams and Individuals

What is self-confidence and why is it important?

Self confidence is a positive emotion which inspires people to take action, even during tough times.

Self-confidence is important because those who lack it, give up too soon and thus they never achieve the success they could have had, if only they had more self-confidence.

Why people lose confidence.

People may lose their self confidence for the following reasons:

  • They suffer too many consecutive defeats and setbacks, which they then use to demoralise themselves.
  • They lose sight of their goal, because they are distracted by the latest end of the world media news story
  • They do not have a practical plan that explains how they could achieve their goal.
  • They are surrounded by people who disempower them.
  • They do not have leaders to positively inspire them.

Strategies people and employers can use to develop self-confidence.

The way to develop self confidence is to reverse the negative behaviours and replace them by diametrically opposite positive behaviours.

1. Use setbacks not as tools of demoralisation, but rather of education.

Recognise that setbacks and defeats are a normal part of life. They are to be expected, and when they inevitably occur, they should be analysed because:

"Contained within every defeat are the seeds of an equivalent, or greater benefit".

Which means that defeats and setbacks contain valuable information, which should be used to identify and inform our next plan, which will get us back on track towards our goal.

2. Keep sight of your goal.

Confidence comes from knowing where you are going. A person who is lost, loses confidence.

A person who knows where they are going, is on a mission and feels more confident because they have a definite direction of travel.

3. Every day write fresh, detailed, written plans.

If yesterday's plans failed, then replace them with better plans!

Those who have no detailed daily action plans, lose their confidence because they don't know what they are doing.

Whoever knows exactly what they are doing and why, will have set the necessary mental conditions for the production of mass quantities of self-confidence.

4. Surround yourself with empowering people.

Some people have a negative effect on others around them. Others have a positive effect.

Go through your list of associates and categorise them into two groups, those who empower you and those that don't. Then spend more time with those who empower you.

If you don't have many, then read empowering books, written by people you regard as positive role models.

5. Train managers to become leaders.

Most managers are not good leaders, because they have never been trained in the art of leadership.

Leadership skills are important because people will only do what they believe they can do.

Leadership is the "Art and Science of using the right ideas, words and deeds, which combine to instil confidence in others".

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About the Author: Chris Farmer


Chris Farmer is the founder of the Corporate Coach Group and has many years’ experience in training leaders and managers, in both the public and private sectors, to achieve their organisational goals, especially during tough economic times. He is also well aware of the disciplines and problems associated with running a business.

Over the years, Chris has designed and delivered thousands of training programmes and has coached and motivated many management teams, groups and individuals. His training programmes are both structured and clear, designed to help delegates organise their thinking and, wherever necessary, to improve their techniques and skills.

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