Earning Trust: What’s Confidence Got To Do With It?

“Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.”
– Samuel Johnson

Transformational Leader-Managers earn trust by demonstrating integrity and commitment. Is it also a requirement for a leader to have an unshakable self-confidence? Is a lack of that kind of confidence a trust-buster?

Belief is a form of trust. When  followers believe the leader has the character and competence to get them to their “promised land,” it’s a type of trust. “I believe in her.” is not far removed from “I trust her.” How can anyone expect others to believe in us if we verbally or non-verbally communicate doubt or fear ourselves?

Washington, Lincoln, Ghandi, and King faced extraordinary odds. Their faith never wavered. They trusted themselves (and a higher power) that they would overcome their obstacles. Their followers also believed and trusted them and the world is better for their efforts.

We are facing very difficult challenges – politically, environmentally, economically, spiritually. No doubt you have challenges at home, at work, and in other areas in your life. How is your confidence holding up? Do you really believe that failure is impossible as long as you never quit? If you don’t trust yourself to get through the challenges you are facing, those looking to you for guidance might start to to get nervous also. And that will impact behavior and performance.

For your people to accomplish great things they must believe they can. They won’t believe in themselves unless you believe in you and them. It’s a trust issue.

“With realization of one’s own potential and self-confidence in one’s ability, one can build a better world.”
– Dalai Lama

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