Leadership for Life – Personal Confidence

By on February 15, 2012
Personal Confidence

Our Leadership experts will be sharing tips and insights for everyone, at any station in life, at both home and work. Leadership for Life – the skills you embrace represent who you really are at all times.

One of the hallmarks of great leaders is a sense of personal confidence in their vision and abilities. Have you done an assessment of your own confidence level lately?

Some of you may already know that I was a talk show host in St. Louis about 25 years ago. I worked with the marvelous Anne Keefe at KMOX Radio, then at KMOX-TV (Channel 4 before it became KMOV) for about four years.

Whenever people find that out about my background, they ask me how I got into radio and TV. After all, it’s not something that many people can do, not because it’s so hard, but because there are so few openings. Well, the answer is that one day I was watching a talk show, and I said to myself, “I can do that!” So I called around and pitched a talk show. KMOX, Group W Cablevision, and Channel 4 eventually got interested, and there I was – on radio and TV in the local market.

I tell you this not to brag about myself, but to give you a concrete example of how having confidence in yourself and your skills can help you to take the risks necessary to do something meaningful in your life and in your chosen profession. Even if you fail, or succeed at a level less than you had hoped, you will at least have the satisfaction of knowing that you gave it your best shot, and hopefully had some fun and learned something from the attempt.

That isn’t easy to do, and you’ll likely spend some time and energy trying to talk yourself out of it. There are lots of great excuses: I’m too old . . . I’m too fat . . . It’s not the right time . . . But think again – if a fat guy with gray hair like me can be successful, surely YOU can do better.

You want to be a leader? Remember that we become what we continually do. Look at your department and your organization from a leader’s perspective. If you do this long enough, you’ll get good at it, people will notice that you think and speak like a leader, and you will advance your opportunities for further leadership opportunities. But it doesn’t happen by accident nor without practice. If you’re going to be a leader, you need to think and act like one, and continually strive for excellence in what you do.

Any questions? Got some feedback? Ideas for future blog posts? You can comment below or get in touch via e-mail: bschapiro@stlcc.edu.

About Barry Schapiro

Barry is the Workforce Solutions Group Practice Leader for Leadership and Professional Development. His experience includes delivery and management of business training in a variety of industries, with specialties in leadership, team development, generational diversity, and customer service. Contact him at 314-539-5329 or bschapiro@stlcc.edu. Twitter

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