Expert: Ken Sundheim
How you feel about yourself will dictate your ability to lead and command authority. Essentially, if you don’t feel you’re important and deserving, don’t expect your co-workers to.
With that being said, here are some exercises on how to increase self-confidence and perceived strength:
a. Challenge the negative beliefs you have about yourself. Instead of focusing all your energy on what you don’t like about you, give equal weight to all your positive qualities.
b. Focus on past successes rather than failures. Don’t mull over what you’ve done incorrectly. It’s more productive to think about all the things you’ve done right in the past. Reinforce these thoughts repeatedly.
c. Stop always needing to be right. Understand there is nothing shameful about past work mistakes.
d. Stop looking to others for acceptance and happiness. Learn that you don’t need anyone’s approval for your own self-confidence.
e. Let go of any anger that you are holding on to. Anger and resentment will prove a significant barrier to you becoming a leader at work.
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