Hey there, new leaders! This is a super exciting time in your life. You’ve climbed your way up the ranks, and you’ve finally reached the milestone of a leadership position. The first thing to do is pat yourself on the back. Not everyone makes it to this point, and the ones who do have special qualities. That’s something to be proud of, if you ask us!
We also understand that, while everything is new and exciting, it’s also nerve-racking. Maybe you’re not really sure what you’re doing, or the advice you’ve been given doesn’t quite make sense yet. We get it! But to thrive in your new leadership role (and anything else in life), confidence is key. We want to share our top confidence tips with you to help you lead like a pro!
Lesson #1: Dive in.
Yes, you might feel uncomfortable. But do you know what the best way to get over discomfort is? By doing the things that make you nervous … again, and again, and again. Keep in mind that your confidence grows as you repeat the same activity. If you never challenge your limits, you’ll never know how far you can truly go. Be bold as you dive into this new role!
Lesson #2: Communicate.
Need help? Looking for perspective? Unsure of how to handle a situation? This is where communication comes in. Listen to those who have achieved what you want to achieve. After all, there’s a reason they are where they are in life, right? By learning from experienced leaders, it will be easier for you to become mentally strong and rooted. (And if you’re struggling to ask for help, check out this article for some pointers!)
Lesson #3: Read.
Knowledge is power—and there is so much knowledge (and confidence) we can gain from books! Books on leadership and personal development will equip you with the skills you need to thrive in your position. If you’re not much of a reader, start small by reading for just 10 minutes daily, or a chapter before going to bed each night. From there, you can gradually increase the time you dedicate to reading. And who knows? You might find yourself so invested in a book that you just can’t put it down! Check out some of these great leadership books from John Maxwell for inspiration.
Lesson #4: Find other leaders.
Associate with those who share your goals and values. These are the people who constantly motivate you to get better. Find them, learn from them, and grow as leaders together! We all rise when we support and push one another. Read this article for advice on how to ensure you’re surrounded by winners!
You may not be beginning your leadership journey with all the confidence in the world. But that’s okay! We all have to start somewhere. The important thing is that you work on building yourself up each day. In no time at all, you’ll look back and realize you’ve developed the confidence you once dreamed of having!
Ready to learn some more qualities of a great leader? Read our blog post for a few ways to become more productive!