It’s hard to believe that rock stars, individuals who (intentionally) stand up on stage in front of thousands of fans, could battle with confidence… yet they do.
Doc Coyle, the guitarist for the band Bad Wolves, said, “Self-belief is not about having irrational confidence or delusions of grandeur. It’s persevering in spite of the fact that self-doubt hangs on your shoulder.”
While they may be anxious at times and doubt their abilities at others, rockstars get up and focus on the goal… entertaining, connecting, engaging their fans and putting on the best darn show they can do. We should do the same in business and with our fans or customers.
As leaders, you want to instill confidence in your team, create the right kind of culture and working relationships for everyone, building up your employees so they can achieve great things – despite the self-doubt they face every day. Create a safe platform for them and give them permission to own the stage.
Thankfully, it’s easier than you might think. Understanding how confidence is built can help you support those around you.
First, confidence comes from a concept known as “Identity Capital.” An individual’s belief that they can overcome obstacles is derived from overcoming obstacles. Or in other words, you’ll know you can do something once you’ve done it (or some version of it). When your employees face a challenge, you can be there for support, however, let them sort through it and solve it on their own. Just let them know you are there if they need you.
Second, confidence comes from knowing that if you fail, there will always be another opportunity. Celebrate failure in your organization. Fail fast. Fail Forward. The more you fail the more successful you will be. Work with your employees to understand what went wrong and how they can learn and grow from the experience. Then, give them the space to try again.
Third, confidence comes from being appreciated for the effort you put in and the contribution you make. While praise from you and other managers can be beneficial for an employee, the appreciation of their team members is essential as well. Encourage all employees to compliment one another for their hard work.
We aren’t born with confidence. It is developed through internal and external factors. With these simple steps, you can help even the most self-doubting employee find their confidence and become a rockstar in your organization.
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To walk around with an ego is a bad thing. To have confidence in yourself is a great thing.
– Fred Durst, Limp Bizkit