In school, work, coaching, and relationships with friends and family, it’s usually apparent who the natural leaders are. They like to lead. Leaders often take the first opportunity to lead and they rarely give it up. In my experience, leaders tend to be more vocal and confident.
Confidence Is Key To Becoming A Better Leader
Believing in yourself and believing you are a leader is vital to being a great leader. Trust your instincts and believe in what you are trying to teach. As a high school swim coach, I’ve learned to trust my instincts. For example, whenever I’ve observed faulty technique during my student’s training, I’ve developed the confidence to provide the instruction needed to improve the technique.
5 Ways To Improve Your Confidence
· Recognize insecurities and work to tear down negative feelings
· Be positive and thankful for what you have
· Be realistic. Set standards you and your team are capable of achieving
· Stick to your principles – pursue a leadership credo, or a set of leadership axioms
· Finally, be happy with who you are. Don’t allow people to tear you down and question your motives. Do not let anyone stand in the way of your dreams.
Trust Your Training And Your Instincts
I’ve learned the importance of having confidence in my ability to teach proper technique. Believe me — it didn’t come easy, but it came quickly. I began this year with no experience coaching anyone over ten years old. I had eight eager high school teenagers looking to me for improvement. They wanted to make the varsity squad. They needed to improve their stroke technique and physical strength. They were counting on me for leadership. In my first month, I didn’t know what I was doing. These young people trusted me, “Coach Greg, how can I do this start/turn/finish/stroke better?” I had to go back to my days of swimming, “How would I do it?” I had to show confidence. I needed to lead.
What were the results from these swimmers with limited competitive experience? All of the girls I worked with made the varsity squad, and three of the boys made the team. I’m confident those who didn’t make the team will be back.
When you’re strong, you portray a trust and confidence about yourself and your team. If you learn when to pass off a task to an individual and let them work—you make them stronger. You also need to learn when it’s time to manage an employee closer — typically when they aren’t as confident with a task. However, you also need to know when to back off and let that employee manage their responsibilities.
Share your thoughts. Where do you draw the line between being strong versus being overpowering? How do you portray confidence without arrogance?