An excerpt from SmartBlog

Ever wonder “How do great leaders get great confidence”? Great leaders do have confidence though. Why would anyone follow a leader without confidence anyway?

Leadership at the work place

Too many aspiring leaders leave the development of this critical skill to chance when, in fact, confidence is one of the easiest leadership skills to build all by yourself. You don’t need anyone else’s permission or consent to get started. Great leaders figure this out along the way, so why not get a leg up on the intuitive process they use?
It starts by understanding what confidence really is. It’s not the secure knowledge you’ll never goof up. Confidence is knowing “pretty much” what to expect and knowing how to handle it. You can’t build confidence without learning what happens in certain situations, and practicing responses until you find out what works and what doesn’t. You can’t think your way into confidence either, you have to act.
  1. Identify an area you don’t feel confident in.
  2. Identify the edge of your comfort zone.
  3. Identify something you can do within the next week to act just outside your comfort zone.
  4. Notice what really happens.
  5. Plot to do it again. 
  6. Repeat.