Self Belief and Leadership Success

February 15, 2012 | By | Add a Comment

In this next guest blog post, Duncan Brodie of Goals and Achievements, shares his thoughts on simple steps you can take to become much more effective in your leadership role. You can find out more at his excellent blog at

Self Belief and Leadership Success

If you are a leader you will already have many achievements in your career to date.  Despite this, when people step into a leadership role for the first time they can have a dip in confidence and experience lots of doubt.

Making the move from manager to leader is probably one of the biggest steps you will take.  For this reason you should not be surprised if you feel just a little bit uncomfortable.  If you don’t you are probably either:

•    Playing it safe
•    Staying in your comfort zone
•    In a role that lacks challenge

So as you make the transition or aspire to make the transition into leadership, how can you retain your self belief?

Recognise You Are in Post for a Reason

When you were promoted to your first post as a leader, someone or more likely a group of people had faith in you.  They knew that there were areas that you may have needed to work on, but they saw the potential.  Remind yourself of this when the going gets tough.

Develop a Learning Mindset

When things don’t work out as you expected, it is easy to fall into the trap of viewing it as a failure.  The truth is we all learn much more from the things we got wrong than those we got right.  Make a conscious choice to reflect and learn from mistakes rather than dwelling on the disappointment.

Keep Track of Your Successes

You will have many things that have gone really well.  Keep track of them so that you can refer to from time to time.  Notice what you did or how you behaved and how it contributed to your success so that you can use again in the future.

Set Challenging But Achievable Targets

You are probably someone who is highly driven.  While this is a great quality to have, be alert to setting yourself up to fail.  The targets you set for yourself and your team should be a stretch but ultimately achievable.

Bottom Line – It’s not just what you do that determines your success as a leader.  So what do you need to start doing to boost your self belief and achieve more success?

Duncan Brodie is a leadership and management expert who can help you and your people achieve extraordinary success. Check his website out at

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