Marshall Goldsmith is the author of Mojo and What Got You Here Won't Get You There. He is an executive coach to many of the top leaders in our country and teaches at Dartmouth's Tuck School. On his blog this month he wrote about something that is required for leadership - self confidence. He believes this is something that is necessary to succeed. He doesn't mean someone who believes s/he is great without any proof - it is more the centered focus that comes with being able to do something well.
In the blog post he covers seven habits to improve self confidence. Here are a couple of the seven. "Make peace with ambiguity in decision making" which I see as meaning accept the fact that not all decisions are black and white. The business world is full of gray areas. Should we
launch a new product/service or not? Both decisions may work out OK but at some point a decision must be made. With the right research, advice and thought a person can generally make a good decision. Then if the decision turns out to be wrong - change it.
"Have fun! Life is short" is another point Marshall makes. He adds "why should you expect your direct reports to demonstrate positive enthusiasm, if they don't see it in you?" I work in the printing industry and we sometimes act as if the product is life or death important. Generally when we don't perform up to the customers expectations there is a good way to fix the problem. There is room for us to enjoy the day even when we are getting the work done.
The blog post is well worth reading and also bookmarking the blog so you can learn in the future.