Truly confident people do things differently. They can motivate others without words and have an amazing ability to get things done.
“[T]ruly confident people always have the upper hand over the doubtful and the skittish, because they inspire others and they make things happen,” writes Travis Bradberry, a contributor to Forbes who focuses on emotional intelligence and leadership performance.
Bradberry shares 12 “cardinal habits of truly confident people,” including:
- Their happiness comes from within. “People who brim with confidence derive their sense of pleasure and satisfaction from their own accomplishments, as opposed to what other people think of their accomplishments,” he writes.
- They listen more than they speak. Truly confident people have nothing to prove, so they listen rather than talk.
- They don’t seek attention. This goes back to where truly confident people find their happiness: within. They don’t need the approval (or attention) of others.
- They stick their necks out. Truly confident people aren’t constrained by fear and are always open and willing to try new things.
I believe confidence comes from a combination of preparation, experience, knowledge and a desire to learn and be better. And, like most attributes we desire on the path to being great leaders, true confidence takes time to develop.
Bradberry cites a Henry Ford quote in his article that complements this topic perfectly: “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right.”
So which is it? Is your confidence deeply rooted in yourself or does it waiver depending on the opinion of others?
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