One of the world’s great leaders of the 20th century, Sir Winston Churchill, led the United Kingdom through perilous times caused by Nazi terror.
“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm,” said Prime Minister Churchill, whose leadership legacy is unquestioned.
Enthusiasm is indeed important for leadership. To take your business to the highest level, you must be at the top of your game to maximize your confidence as a leader.
That means understanding your human capital and your business environment to effectively lead your employees and doing your best to minimize everyone’s stress for strong morale.
His understanding of the big-picture was Mr. Churchill’s secret for success.
But to accomplish such worthy objectives, sometimes it’s necessary for businesspeople to rewire their brains to understand the big picture in order to develop confidence in leadership.
Here are eight recommendations:
1. Continually revisit your purpose
Success stems from having a deep sense of purpose.
That’s right. To be successful, it’s important to have a deep sense of purpose.
That means focusing on providing value.
2. Understand your financials
An analogy: Just like using a map when going on a road trip, if you’re in Los Angeles wanting to go to Chicago, don’t follow a map to Seattle.
Your financials are the salient factor in your map for your road to success.
You must understand and monitor them so you can take action when needed.
3. Continuously self-evaluate
You need to understand your strengths and weaknesses, and your motivations for your actions to develop goals. Don’t worry about your failures but eliminate your bad habits so you can make steady progress.
4. Develop a balance
Patience is a virtue. A leader understands others and focuses on serving others. When employees come to expect empathy from you, this helps you project confidence.
Conversely, don’t allow yourself to be adversely affected by others. Do your best to empathize with them instead of outright dismissing them. But in the end, stay focused.
5. Focus on physical fitness
High performance demands energy and focus. Staying fit enhances your personal confidence as well as projecting it.
This, in turn, demonstrates a positive image for your business.
6. Daily preparation for discussions
For best outcomes for discussions, prepare. Confident leaders prep for discussions and decision-making. This usually means being able to influence the direction of your conversations.
Ultimately, even people with differing opinions at the outset will feel comfortable and take ownership of strategies.
So staying well-informed is a great investment. Invest your time and attention in research to a have a full perspective for effective action.
7. Take educated risks
Boldness is good. Once you’ve arrived at a decision, take action. Evaluate but don’t engage in self-doubt afterward.
8. Renew your mind
Daily renew your mind. Get lots of rest and recreation.
Focus on gratitude. Gratitude will replace any of your fears and anger. If necessary, develop a gratitude list and review it regularly.
Look for ways to help others each day. By lessening the misery of others, you will create positive change in the world. It will also improve your spirits personally.
You can’t keep what you have unless you give it away. This sense of serving others will actually energize you, which leads to more confidence.
From the Coach’s Corner, here are more tips to grow as a leader:
Mindset, Best Practices in Strategic Leadership for Growth — Whatever your situation in pursuing growth, the mindset and best practices in strategic leadership means maintaining a delicate balance – preparing for details and keeping an open mind regarding business uncertainty.
Leadership: 4 Strategies Dealing with Incompetent People — Yes, incompetent employees – whether they have difficult personalities or they simply under-perform – can be aggravating. But they don’t have to be.
21st Century Leadership Requires Authenticity — Here’s how — It’s one thing to be promoted into a management role, but it’s entirely another to be regarded as a leader to inspire a company’s culture. What really matters is knowing how you impact others.
For Strong Profits, 5 Tips to Develop Employees as Leaders — Strong leaders will help your business grow and enjoy excellent profits. That’s because, as role models, they’re instrumental in helping you develop a performance culture.
Leadership Tips for Executing Strategy to Defeat Threats — Multiple solutions might work to triumph over a threat, but a global study in 20 sectors in 20 countries shows execution trumps strategy. Here’s how leaders execute strategy.
How to Grow Your EI for Leadership Success — Emotional intelligence (EI) is important for communication and leadership. A person who has EI is able to evaluate, understand, and control emotions.
10 Characteristics of a Successful CEO — This is a 10-part series on CEO leadership by Joey Tamer, www.JoeyTamer.com. She is a consultant to experienced consultants in all fields to maximize their practices. She has also been a strategic consultant to entrepreneurs in technology and digital media.
“I’ve got the brain of a four year old. I’ll bet he was glad to be rid of it.”