Academy-of-Leadership-Coaching-and-NLP1-650When I work with executives and business leaders as a executive coach specializing in leadership development, it is rewarding to see the transformation that takes place when clients embrace the techniques and skills they gain through our individualized and group coaching sessions. One of the things I see most often is a renewal in their confidence and a strong belief in their abilities as a leader.

Confidence is a cornerstone of successful leadership. A leader can be taught to be an effective problem solver, more decisive, a better communicator, how to hold team members accountable and many other leadership traits. But, if a leader does not hold a strong belief in their abilities, they will have a difficult time leading others.

Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Author of, Confidence: Leadership and the Psychology of Turnarounds notes, “Confidence consists of positive expectations for favorable outcomes… Everything about an economy, a society, an organization, or a team depend on this.  Every step we take, every investment we make, is based on whether we feel we can count on ourselves and others to accomplish what has been promised.  Confidence determines whether our steps – individually or collectively – are tiny and tentative or big and bold.”

In general terms, a leader with confidence exhibits the following characteristics:

  • The ability to influence, possess a sense of presence and deliver decisions with conviction
  • Make a decision and follow it through
  • Admit being wrong
  • Take a risks knowing that mistakes help to create growth
  • The ability provide authority and instill confidence in others
  • Have someone to brainstorm ideas and acknowledge fears and doubts
  • Ability to admit they don’t know it all

As a executive coach, I am often asked to guide my clients as they readjust their path and discover the things that are causing blocks in their effectiveness as a leader – blocks that can often times shake their confidence and decrease their efficiency. Many times, these are limiting beliefs or ideas that the leader has held onto for a long time, based on past situations that are no longer relevant. These deep seated beliefs come from a variety of areas including:

  • Inappropriate or unrealistic standards
  • Having unrealistic expectations regarding how others should treat them
  • How the leader was raised and the impact parents, teachers and other mentors had in their lives
  • Cultural beliefs regarding abilities
  • Holding onto past failures or poor outcomes
  • Flawed perceptions of what is expected
  • A general negative mindset

In addition to holding onto beliefs that do not serve them, there are many situations that can shake a leader’s confidence, including:

  • Fear of failure in a new position
  • Taking on new or more job responsibilities
  • Taking on a new or different team of employees
  • Crucial business transactions, presentations, deadlines or proposals
  • Working with managers with more experience or have a stronger personality

So how does a leader regain (or perhaps gain) the confidence they need to be effective? This is where an effective leadership development coach can help. According to ICF Coaching Study,” 80% of those in coaching saw an improvement in their self-confidence.” An effective coaching relationship grounded in powerful coaching techniques gives leaders the tools to understand how past thoughts and beliefs can block their path toward effectiveness and make them a less confident in their ability as a leader.

At the Academy of Leadership Coaching & NLP, we offer leaders the ability to take part in group or individualized retreat sessions to help them refocus their thoughts and in many cases rebuild their confidence. For more information on how these coaching retreats can help you or members of your team rebuild confidence, please feel free to contact us.

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