Friday, November 11, 2011
How's your self-confidence?
I was moping around earlier about how every decision I ever made—a mate, a kid, a place of residence, this, that, certainly a profession (now dying)--has been clobbered by unexpected consequences and made me afraid to take even a baby step.
Then I read a story by Elizabeth Newell in Government Executive, Nov 2011, about how self-confident people tend to make better leaders.
This assumes you want to be a leader.
But say you do…
Timothy Bednarz, author of Great! What Makes Leaders Great: What They Did, How They Did It, and What You Can Learn from It (not a great title, in my humble, but whatever), says you need self-belief more than just surface bravado. This means knowing you can do whatever realistic thing you set your mind to.
You need a strong sense of optimism (oops for me).
And you have to be able to overcome the failure that comes from taking risks. Yes! This is the problem.
Most leaders fail a lot! But their self-belief brings them through.
Thomas Edison once said, “What do you mean I don’t know anything—I know 5,000 things that don’t work.”
Okey-dokey, Tom. Settle down.